il mostro bianco

white mostro

 

In May/June 2009, Galway played host to the Volvo Ocean Race for two weeks. I think it’s fair to say that this was the biggest event to hit Galway, ever. The atmosphere was amazing, the weather played along perfectly, it was just great. Something I’ll never forget.

For me, the highlight was getting an in-depth tour of a Volvo Open 70, the White Mostro, that you can see in this shot.

This is the boat that came second in the 2005/2006 edition of the race, the Pirates of the Caribbean. It has since been bought by Puma and re-branded, and is accompanying the fleet to the stopover harbours to serve as a people magnet – a job it does very well. On one Saturday, there were 5500 people on the boat in total!

Having spent all day around the docks and by the sea, goggling at the boats, I saw this as we were turning to leave for home – the white mostro, towering over the harbour, only as a silhouette.

Sailing is Freedom. The mostro’s been there, and continues taking people there.

Nikon D300, Sigma 18-200 mm

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~ by Simone on July 16, 2009.

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