"As a team, about a year ago we set May 1, 2011, as our date to have PUMA's new Volvo Open 70 in the water sailing. The fact that we are closing in on that date and it looks as if we'll meet our goal is practically a miracle. There are typically a million reasons during a boat build to continually move the schedule backwards -- all good reasons, by the way. But, the build team refused to buckle under, and everyone has double shifted for nearly the entire build and worked around the clock for the last six weeks to make sure that our sailing date would be met without a loss of quality. What did this extraordinary effort give us? Lots and lots of design time. We started the build as late as possible to give the Juan K office several weeks more than our schedule allowed, which immediately put our build team under the gun. Hopefully it was time well spent -- we certainly think so. Yet even with all that design time, our boat will be the second, third generation V-70 in the water. Fantastic!