Today I want to bring you down to Fan Pier to talk to the man in charge of Boston’s Volvo Ocean Race stopover.
You’ve probably seen ads for the Volvo Ocean Race — or at least for the Puma boat or Puma City. Boston is the sixth stop of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, known as the “Everest of Sailing.” Eight Teams started in Alicante, Spain last October, and have so far sailed almost 40,000 miles (read that one more time — it says 40,000 miles). Their 70 foot carbon-fiber boats can go faster than a powerboat and must be able to withstand hurricane-force winds in 30 foot seas. The crews have raced 24 hours a day for up to 35 days straight, so this three week break in Boston is a chance for them to relax (and take a shower).