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Southern Charter Youth Nationals - Hermanus December 2011 - "PUMA Day"

Tuesday 13th December had been designated as "PUMA Day" for the Southern Charter Youth Nationals being staged under the auspices of Hermanus Yacht Club on Stofvlei near the tourist town destination of Hermanus itself. The regatta carried a lot of weight. For over and above proving who would be the champions of the various classes represented at the regatta other matters were at stake. This included the fact that the Optimist, Laser, Hobie 16 and international 420 classes would be using this event as a selection platform for future world and other championship events. PUMA, a major global brand and international corporation very well known for making a positive contribution to the world including various sports and of special relevance, yachting, had been invited to participate as guest presenters at and contributors to the Youth Nationals event by event title sponsors Southern Charter.

 

Of special relevance is that PUMA's yacht Mar Mostro (Monster of the Sea) had been receiving massive press coverage during Stage One of the Volvo Round the World Race - notably after Mar Mostro had been dismasted in the South Atlantic Ocean while in a neck and neck battle for first place with Telefonica. Using immense human ingenuity and guile the PUMA team had managed to get Mar Mostro in safety to the island of Tristan da Cunha. That raft of experiences would fill chapters of a book in and of itself... Save to say that much of the adventure is already a matter of public record (accessible via the World Wide Web using any of the recognised search engines). Incredible and inspirational stories of human endurance, persistence and determination combined with sheer "grit" and "never give up" and "we can and will do" attitude prevailed which ultimately saw Mar Mostro on the start line and back in the race in the nick of time on Table Bay for the "In Port" race. This was followed by the start of the unprecedented and hazardous Volvo second leg race to Abu Dhabi. Mar Mostro's new mast had been stepped within hours of arrival after having been shipped back from Tristan and the boat was prepped and ready to race in time for the Saturday's In Port Race and then the big event itself - the start of the second leg to Abu Dhabi from Table Bay on the Sunday afternoon. Sailing history will continue to unfold as these heroes of the ocean racing their third-generation Volvo 70's continue their epic global race.

 

Of special relevance is that local sailing personality and skipper of the RCYC champion-yacht "Puma Unleashed" Hylton Hayle had travelled to Hermanus to address the youth and their supporters at the Youth Nationals event for and on behalf of PUMA. The objective was to inspire the sailing youth and to inform the competitors and their supporters about the efforts and initiatives with which PUMA is involved in the world of sailing internationally and more importantly in South Africa. By all accounts Hylton delivered an inspiring and motivating story covering important aspects related to the PUMA Volvo campaign at the Hermanus Yacht Club. Attendees were fascinated by the various accounts and angles shared - which covered topics such as possible routes that aspirant young sailors can follow if they indeed aim to sail in a Volvo race in the future, the interesting fact that PUMA use races such as the Volvo as a research and development platform for designing next generation sports ware and clothing - right through to interesting technical aspects about Mar Mostro itself.

 

This Spanish name means "Monster of the Sea. And a friendly, although very competitive and awesome monster at that. As implied earlier Mar Monstro and its crew both on the water and on shore is the epitome of "can do" attitude. Although Mar Mostro is currently quite low down on the points scoreboard what we have seen to date has really only been the opening act of the Volvo race. There are many, many nautical miles ahead for all these incredible racing yachts and only time will tell which team is going to emerge as victors.

 

Indeed, Mar Mostro had started off as a key favourite when the start gun fired in Alicante, Spain - legendary host port of the most recent America's Cup Challenge. The extreme and adverse weather conditions claimed two of the yachts within the first 24 hours and as the records show and as said earlier Mar Mostro lost her carbon fibre mast while sailing fully powered in the south Atlantic while racing neck and neck with Telefonica for first place.



The legendary PUMA's Mar Mostro powering along in
Table Bay shortly after the start of leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race


At this juncture it is time to introduce young and emerging sailors to one of the heroes of the Volvo race "Marmo". Marmo is the face of PUMA's newly-launched youth ocean conservation campaign and joined the PUMA Volvo Ocean racing team in their intrepid adventure as the mascot and 13th crew member. For those not yet in the know being the "extra hand" on any of the cutting edge yacht circuit races such as the Americas Cup or Volvo race is an extreme honor and privilege in itself. Marmo, a strong, smart sea creature, draws his identity from PUMA's boat, the magnificent and very beautiful Mar Mostro.


A hero of the Volvo race, PUMA's Marmo

Marmo is destined to star in an illustrated children's book - "Marmo Saves Our Seas" - created by PUMA to educate children and their families about the importance of preserving the wonders of the oceans. Marmo tells the story in a way that is captivating, fun and easily understandable for young children.  Throughout his journey Marmo encounters several issues including non-sustainable fishing practices and plastics in the ocean. Marmo explains what small changes we can make in our lives - like giving up plastic bags - to better the world's oceans and aquatic life.  The book will be available in seven different languages (English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese).

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Marmo - an emerging "hero of the ocean" has all the potential to be a post-modern
encore to Disney's "Nemo"

As Mar Mostro makes its epic race-journey around the world in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), Marmo is being featured in an online marine conservation education program, relaying his experiences at www.puma.com.  Children and their families are able to track Marmo's adventure with the PUMA boat crew, learning about marine issues, habitats and sea creatures along the race route. Educational games and quizzes about ocean conservation are available online.

Marmo has been spend time with children and their families at each VOR stopover port. He has already made guest appearances at the PUMA Quad in race villages, as well as local aquariums and schools for story-time readings of his book.  Marmo is hosting a range of fun, ocean conservation education games and activities for young children, and is leading events to encourage recycling drives and beach clean-ups. Finally, young Marmo fans can bring their favorite aquatic superhero with them through an exclusive capsule children's collection made from sustainable materials.

Sources: http://vision.puma.com/us/en/?
and http://www.shop.puma.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-EU-Site/en/Gateway-Show?q=master
and http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

Editorial and original pictures: South African Sailing (SAS) Western Cape

 

Southern Charter Youth Nationals Hermanus - Article 2 December 15, 2011

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