BOBO'S AMERICA'S CUP 2000 PAGE 1
Updated: March 1, 2000
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. So until next time . . . .
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