Pirating around the World
The Black Pearl
, a Disney-sponsored sailboat bearing the Pirates of the Caribbean insignia, is currently braving its way through the Chesapeake Bay in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race.
The 70-foot-long boat features a red and black hull and a massive mainsail emblazoned with the
Pirates of the Caribbean skull and crossed swords symbol. Led by skipper Paul Cayard, the 1998 Volvo Ocean Race winner and America's Cup veteran, The Black Pearl is crewed by an international team of 10 seasoned sailors.
A tradition that began in 1973 as the Whitbread race, the Volvo Ocean Race takes place every four years and sets boats and crews from several different countries on an intense, months-long course around the world.
The Black Pearl
joins six competing vessels in the current competition, which departed from Vigo, Spain, on Nov. 12, and has made stops that include Cape Town, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner is expected to cross the finish line at Gothenburg, Sweden, by June 17.
"This is a fun and unique way to remind viewers all over the world that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will be sailing into theaters this summer," says Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. "Given the film's high-seas adventures and nautical themes, this marathon sporting event is a great way to make some waves and generate awareness among millions of viewers."
The teams are near Baltimore and are expected to make stops in Annapolis, Md., and New York. For more about the race and The Black Pearl, including the boat's current position and updates from the crew, visit http://www.blackpearlracing.com/splash.asp.