Boston announced as race stopover

The U.S. East Coast port city of Boston has been formally announced as the stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009.
The news that Boston would replace Baltimore as the port of call was announced today in Boston, a city where billions of dollars have been spent on reclaiming the harbour under its Save the Harbor/Save the Port project. At the same time, the Boston-based entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 was introduced. The U.S. entry will be skippered by top American sailor Ken Read and sponsored by the global sport lifestyle company PUMA.

PUMA Global introduced Read, the training boat and the PUMA Racing Team at a ceremony in Boston attended by Volvo Ocean Race CEO Glenn Bourke, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, PUMA CEO Jochen Zeitz, Save the Harbor President Patricia A. Foley, and Secretary Daniel O’Connell of Massachusetts.

“Boston has a proud association with international sailing and sailors. There has been great enthusiasm from everyone involved in making the Boston stopover happen. I fully expect that Boston will put on a tremendous show when the race comes to town,” said Glenn Bourke.

Two weeks of festivals and local events are planned during mid-May 2009, to celebrate the arrival and departure of the Volvo Ocean Race. A point-scoring in-port race will be held in Boston Harbour if the wind is in a favourable direction. Alternatively the race will be held just outside the harbour.

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