Friday, September 25, 2009

A Nibble From Puma Ocean Racing's Neil Cox

From The Kitty's Shore Manager, September 24,2009:

"Is there life after the completion of the Volvo Ocean Race? Yes there certainly is, and it has been great to be able to step back into it.

The end of the race leaves you both mentally and physically tapped out- regardless of your position in the team. You really need to just walk away for a while, even if its just to gain perspective again as to what was important to you before the Volvo bug took over your life for the last year and a half.

That been said- we still have il mostro sitting in a yard in Sweden since getting her out of Russia after the final leg. We have some what put the band back together with a mixture of sailing and shore team to launch and set up for our delivery down to Alicante Spain . All going as planned, we will be leaving at the end of this month (in a few days). Onboard we have Andrew Cape (navigator, PUMA), Casey Smith (bowman, PUMA), Nick Dana (PUMA shore team), Adrian(aka Spider Read) Grey (PUMA shore team), Mike Pammenter (T-Black) and myself doing what is the last leg post race to the boat’s winter home- which is also the new home of the Volvo Ocean Race .

It’s not the best time of year to be putting a boat back in the water in Sweden and sailing across the Bay of Biscayne, but looking on the bright side, the further south we go the warmer we get. The plan for the boat once we arrive is yet to be decided but at least with the boat in Spain it- leaves many opportunities open.

We’ll keep you posted.

Neil Cox – shore team manager, PUMA Ocean Racing"

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