Gu2o to Go (Fast)

What's the secret to Puma's round-the-world endurance? Pop one in your mouth to find out. "Gear Up" from our April 15, 2009, /SW eNewsletter/

Rocket fuel canisters onboard Puma's il Mostro, loaded with Gu2o electrolyte replenishment.

Rocket fuel canisters onboard Puma's il Mostro, loaded with Gu2o electrolyte replenishment.Rick Deppe/puma Ocean Racing

"Not bad." That was the straight-up assessment of Puma Ocean Racing bowman Jerry Kirby when asked about the taste of the energy supplements they'd be taking around the world. It was last summer, in the early days of their pre-race training, that the crew of Puma Ocean Racing was field testing GU Energy Gels. The stuff, apparently, is like rocket fuel, and has now powered the Puma squad around the planet.

In the words of GU themselves, "GU makes sure you can focus on training and reaching your goals in upcoming races. Breathe easy and leave your gels in the hands of the energy food experts at GU. Just suck down a packet of your favorite flavor and go (big)!"

GU Energy, a company founded by West Coast sailor Brian Bond, is well known among endurance athletes, but this is the company's first foray into sailing. They've been supplying the team with its bite-size energy gels and electrolyte replacement drink (called Gu2o). The gels, which are ideal for quick consumption, are loaded with amino acids, Vitamin C and E, sodium and potassium, and a blend of complex and simple carbohydrates. (www.guenergy.com)