The V&A Waterfront is the place to be if you’d like to check out PUMA’s new entry in the epic Volvo Ocean Race. Cape Town is the first stop-over in the race and PUMA’s new racing yacht, Mar Mostro (Monster of the Sea), is expected to sail into the V&A Waterfront on 25 November 2011. To mark the arrival of Mar Mostro, PUMA will be organising a number of fun events and competitions, as well as some live entertainment for the party people.

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See PUMA's Mar Mostro at the V&A Waterfront. Photo by Chris Hill - PUMA Ocean Racing.

To kick things off, a PUMA pop-up store selling limited edition PUMA products and an entertainment zone called the PUMA Quad will be setup opposite the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre from 25 November 2011. The PUMA Quad will host daily activities, as well as daily sundowner Spinnaker Sessions with DJs Dino Moran and Craig De Sousa on the decks from 18h15 to 21h00. On 10 and 11 December 2011, they’ll spinning tunes from 19h15 to 22h00.

Sailing enthusiasts can look forward to grinding competitions at the PUMA Quad on 26 November, 1, 3 and 8 December 2011 from 15h00 to 18h00, as well as on 10 and 11 December 2011 from 14h00 to 16h00. There’ll be R1000 PUMA vouchers up for grabs and two grand prizes of R10 000 PUMA vouchers for the contestants with the top grinding scores on 10 and 11 December 2011.

The PUMA Social Club will also be back for all those after-hours athletes. This time round, you can try your hand at ping pong, darts and bowling at the PUMA All Hands on Deck party at Quay 4 on 9 December 2011. It’s the official Volvo Ocean Race party and features live performances by Jack Parow, Craig de Sousa, Holiday Murray, Anthea Scholtz, Them Tornados and The Wedding DJs. A limited number of tickets will be on sale at the door for R50 each and the party takes place from 16h00 to 01h00.

Fans will have the chance to view PUMA’s Mar Mostro in action in-port on 9 and 10 December 2011, as the teams gear up for the Volvo Ocean Race restart on 11 December 2011. Skipper Ken Read heads up the PUMA Ocean Racing team, which includes another ten of the best off-shore sailors from around the world, including South African born Jono Swain.

The Volvo Ocean Race starts in Alicante, Spain on 5 November 2011 and ends in Galway, Ireland in July 2012. Stop-overs along the way include Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France).

PUMA’s mascot and 13th crew member ‘Marmo’ visits kids in Cape Town

Kids will be able to see PUMA’s new mascot Marmo at the V&A Waterfront from 25 November 2011 to 11 December 2011. During the Cape Town stop-over, Marmo – who stars in a new illustrated children’s book called ‘Marmo Saves Our Seas’ – will be making guest appearances at the Two Oceans Aquarium and PUMA Quad for story-time readings. His aim is to educate little ones and their families about the importance of preserving the wonders of the oceans.

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The story-time readings will take place inside the Aquarium from 25 November 2011 to 10 December 2011 – on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10h30. The readings are free once you are inside the Aquarium. Readings at the PUMA Quad will take place on 25, 26 and 27 November 2011 at 14h30 and from 2 December to 11 December at 14h30.

HOME OCEANS: A new environmental documentary from PUMA.Creative

In addition to all the Volvo Ocean Race action and Marmo’s visit, free screenings of the new environmental film HOME OCEANS will take place at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, VOR Race Village, Two Oceans Aquarium and Iziko SA Museum between 25 November 2011 and 11 December 2011. The film short was created through the PUMA.Creative programme to help raise awareness about the preservation of our world’s oceans and marine life.

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The short film is directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who also directed the visually-stunning environmental documentary with 500 million views, HOME – a film that PUMA.Creative supported through the French luxury goods group PPR. The 10-minute HOME OCEANS documentary highlights marine issues like rising floodwaters, the depletion of sea mammals and sea birds, changes to ecosystems, coral reefs and much more. The film will be available for public viewing at each of the ten Volvo Ocean Race global stop-over ports. HOME OCEANS is edited by renowned editor, Claire Ferguson, and has voiceovers in seven languages – Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish.

Screenings times at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre and VOR Race Village will vary each day, whilst screenings at the Two Oceans Aquarium and Iziko SA Museum will run all day between 25 November and 11 December. HOME OCEANS will also be screened at the Labia Cinema on Orange on 15 December, as part of the Wavescape Film Festival.