The actress needs a hand christening a new racing sailboat in Boston

By Paysha Stockton Rhone
May 13, 2008 02:15 PM
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The day after celebrating her first Mother’s Day, new mom Salma Hayek became a godmother to a new racing sailboat christened “Il Mostro,” or “the Monster.”

Hayek, looking fit and gorgeous in a shapely herringbone suit, silver blouse and knee-high beige boots, attempted to break a bottle of champagne over the bow of the massive sailboat, moored in the harbor outside Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art Monday night. (The boat is sponsored by Puma, which is partially owned by Hayek’s fiancé, Francois-Henri Pinault.)

It only took the petite actress five tries – and a little muscle from a nearby sailor – to crack the bottle.

“May God bless you and all who sail on you,” said Hayek, on her first try, in front of a crowd of several hundred gathered for the cold and windy outdoor ceremony. “And may you win!” But when the bottle didn’t break, she yelled, again, “And may you win!” Nothing. She cracked it again, and failed again. Finally, crew member Jerry Kirby helped her bash the bottle against the bow, and it shattered, as Hayek laughed.

A few minutes later, she headed inside the museum to pose for pictures, but did not take many questions, saying only that the boat “is beautiful. Of course I’m going to follow [the race].” She then perused Puma’s new sailboat performance gear and sports fashions, displayed nearby, while chatting with Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz.

“We feel that she is the perfect godmother for our boat,” Zeitz said, in an earlier press conference, of Hayek. “Given that she has a personal relationship with the person who owns 64 percent of our company. She’s a very famous actress and a wonderful lady. It was a logical choice. It didn’t even take much time to convince her.”