Updated: March 1, 2000

Let's Look at NZL40 Well, first off, here is NZL40, the America's Cup Yacht that Bobo went out on. Those Kiwi's may have raced fabulously in 1995 to win the cup, but I think they need to learn a thing or two about painting the yacht.

Bobo's America's Cup 2000

None of the humans on board were allowed up onto the foredeck, where they do a lot of the sail work. However, we once again see that Bobo can use his size to his advantage. He snuck up there to see what it was all about. Lots of gears and pulleys going up the sails. Bobo, not wanting to jeopardize his crew decided to just leave this part of sailing to the professionals. Bobo on the foredeck.

Bobo's America's Cup 2000

Bobo trying to grind. This time however, his size wasn't to his advantage. One of the toughest jobs on an America's Cup yacht is grinding. The grinder spins those two handles at a remarkable speed to hoist the mainsail up or down. Bobo tried his hardest, but when your feet can't touch the floor, it makes the job a lot more difficult.

Bobo's America's Cup 2000

Bobo still wanted to help out the crew with the sails though, so he enlisted his master, Jeremy, to help him out. With the help of an Australian fellow on the boat, the three of us got the sail up in no time. We all wanted a break afterwards though . . . that's a lot of work. I guess there's a reason why a professional grinder's arms are the size of a wrestler's. Picture Of Bobo and Jeremy grinding.

Bobo's America's Cup 2000

The view from the steering wheel. That left only one position on the boat to try. That's right, the man behind the steering wheel. The skipper. Here's the view from behind the wheel as Bobo took NZL40 under the harbour bridge. With only 4 metres clearance between the bottom of the bridge and the top of the mast, Bobo was lucky. His bank account doesn't quite have enough in it to replace an America's Cup yacht.

Bobo's America's Cup 2000

You didn't think we'd forget to get Bobo's picture at the helm, did you? Well, here he is. Afraid of losing his balance, he enlisted Jeremy's help to keep him from falling over, but otherwise it was all Bobo behind the wheel. Picture Of Bobo the Skipper.

So, once again, we find ourselves at the end of another journey. Bobo and Jeremy would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible. Especially the really cute girl from Seattle who helped us get on the boat. I think she kinda liked Bobo.

And lastly, I would like to thank everyone for dropping by, and sharing yet another vacation with us. If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always reach either of us at So until next time . . . .

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