Hamilton Joins PUMA Racing Team to Start First Leg

The Volvo Ocean Race begins this weekend from Alicante, Spain and the PUMA racing team will be joined by legendary waterman Laird Hamilton as they start out.


Laird Hamilton on his Laird / PUMA stand up paddleboard.


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ALICANTE, Spain – PUMA Ocean Racing’s honorary 12th crew member Laird Hamilton will join the team in Alicante, Spain, Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. On Friday, Hamilton will participate in free paddleboarding demonstrations, and on Saturday he will join the PUMA crew onboard PUMA’s Mar Mostro for the start of the first leg, leaping off the boat as they head on to the next port of Cape Town, South Africa.

Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race begins at 12:00 UTC (14:00 local) on Saturday as PUMA’s Mar Mostro and its 11-member crew will face five other boats when the starting gun fires for the journey to South Africa. Race Start will be streamed live online at www.volvooceanrace.com and on the live section of the Volvo Ocean Race YouTube channel: youtube.com/volvooceanracevideos.

A complete online race experience can be found at new.livestream.com/volvooceanrace, or for mobiles/iPads, visit livestream.com/volvooceanrace. Also visit www.volvooceanrace.com for television broadcast information in local markets. Further TV Schedule information will be posted online in November.

PUMA and Hamilton, a professional surfer, introduced the PUMA/Laird Board, a limited-edition carbon fiber stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in June. The new board features the same Volvo 70 boat hull design – both ergonomically and through the use of the same ultra-lightweight materials – seen in PUMA’s Mar Mostro, the yacht set to compete in the nine-month around the world Volvo Ocean Race. Hamilton teamed with renowned boat designer Juan Kouyoumdjian (Juan K), of Juan Yacht Design, to create the unique SUP.


Last modified onFriday, 04 November 2011 20:36
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