A golfing journey that has led to a whole lot more ...
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Volvo Ocean Race
Last weekend we decided to check out the Volvo Ocean Racing. Unfortunately, the sail boats had already docked from their 6,125 miles journey/second leg from Cape Town, South Africa. I can't imagine how these people spend 9 months "on the road" covering a total of 38,739 nautical miles in 6 continents, 4 oceans, and 11 cities.
There were still some interesting to see though, like this guy "flying" in the air using water-propelled jets. Pretty cool!
And quite the view of the other boats with the backdrop of Abu Dhabi/Corniche:
These big rigs were really BIG - and looked like those Transformer trucks in the movies!
The boys loved this section of the Destination Village:
And then, there was a little golf section promoting the upcoming HSBC Golf tournament:
View of the water:
We went to visit the gear shop. Wow... talk about expensive! USD788 for a jacket and USD 570 for the pants. It did look like an awesome, sturdy jacket. I suppose you would need one if you were out in the ocean for 9 months! We just settled for a belt, cap, and key chain :-)
Digger! The boys love their diggers. Too bad there was a wait to try it out:
We checked out a booth of one of the teams - coincidentally an all-female race crew. Very impressive! And just as impressive, a model of their sail boat made out of 100,00 lego bricks!
Time for a tattoo. I guess we know who we are supporting now for the rest of the race!
There was a model sail boat that we could get on. And it was even tilted at an angle. The boys enjoyed testing out the equipment:
There were also camel photo-taking and a display of falcons. All in all, a good day at the Corniche!
By the way, here's a view of the building that I call the "tornado" building on our way out to the Corniche.