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June 29, 2009
Aside from the crews provisioning and readying boats for the race, most everyone else at Rainbow Harbor was enjoying the sunny Sunday afternoon and clicking away with their cameras at the impressive collection of vintage Alfa Romeo cars lined-up along the waterfront.I don't think the Alfa Romeo yacht has ever raced on the West Coast - maybe not even in the US? So, it was a truly special pleasure for Connie Crowley and me to be invited aboard by the yacht's owner Neville Crichton. A gracious host, Neville was kind- and patient enough, to endure my gawking at the sheer size of the winches and lines, the massive canting keel, the state-of-the-art electronics, and to answer all of my silly questions. I don't think I've been surrounded by that much carbon fiber, ever! What an amazing yacht! Down below, it felt a bit like Reichel-Pugh meets Star Trek and Philippe Starck! With the smallest/slowest TransPac boats already having started at about 1pm today, Neville and crew aboard Alfa Romeo have nearly a week longer to wait before their start on July 5th. That's a lot of time/distance to make up on the water and, as Neville noted, not an easy task if the winds don't cooperate.
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