Posted by: mdmusingsie | July 3, 2012

The Boats Are In

The Volvo Ocean Race yachts came into town in the wee hours of the morning; the first arriving sometime around 2 am and the last rolling in at around 5:30 am.  One might think they could have planned it a little better so the boats would come it at a reasonable hour, or at least with some semblance of daylight (it was a beautiful sunny day yesterday, but overcast and plenty of the liquid variety by the time they arrived and all day today), but no one, not even the weather people, can predict the wind – especially 9 months in advance when the race started.

As tempting as it was to go down and mingle with 10,000+ other gawkers, I ended up not going, primarily because I was volunteering at the festival and had to be there at 9:30 am.  Since my volunteer job is selling merchandise (t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, baseball caps, etc.) I figured I needed more than the 2-3 hours sleep I might get so that I could make proper change for purchases.  Maybe in my younger days…

I did watch bits of the last leg online on the Volvo Race site, which was actually pretty interesting since they were interviewing the different crews live during this final leg.  Team USA suffered a terrible blow in the first leg, 9 months ago, when their mast snapped, and had to play catch up the entire rest of the race.  They came into Galway 3rd in this leg, putting them in 3rd place overall.  There is one final in-port race on Saturday, but it won’t change the standings.

There’s plenty more photos and information on the Volvo Ocean Race site.

Stay tuned – more to come from the week-long festivities.

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