Paul Cayard inducted into National Sailing Hall of Fame

At the inaugural ceremony this evening in San Diego, Paul Cayard was among 15 sailing greats inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

Having started sailing at the age of seven, Paul Cayard has become one of the best known American sailors of his time. A seven-time world champion, two-time Olympian, Round the World race winner and a veteran of six America’s Cups, Cayard is also the CEO of Artemis Racing – Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup.

This evening’s ceremony recognized the tremendous contribution made to sailing by individuals such as Joshua Slocum and Olin Stephens, as well as living legends Buddy Melges and Lowell North, to name just a few.

Based in Annapolis, Maryland, the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history of sailing, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to American sailing while also inspiring and encouraging sailing development.

“To be inducted into any Hall of Fame is more than an honor. It is historical, something that can never be taken away, something for future generations. I feel there are plenty of US sailors more worthy of the Hall than I, so I am humbled and flattered to be included in this illustrious group,” said Paul Cayard. “I have crewed for four of the eight living inductees: Dennis Conner, Gary Jobson, Buddy Melges and Lowell North. No question, I had great mentoring in my younger days from these four and a few others. I thank them for their tutelage.”

Over the past year, Paul’s father Pierre Cayard completely restored the El Toro which he built for his son in 1968, the start of his foray into sailing. This evening, Pierre Cayard presented El Toro #6168 to the NSHOF for display in the museum in Annapolis for generations to come.

“On this very special occasion, I was able to be joined by my parents and my children which meant a lot to me,” said Paul. “It is a fairy tale story. I got into sailing by chance when a second grade class mate took me one day. Sailing became my passion, then my vocation. Life is a journey and I have been blessed with an amazing ride.”

In a few short weeks Cayard and Artemis Racing will return to San Diego for the America’s Cup World Series which begins on 16 November, the first event of this Cup cycle to take place in the US

RC 44 Croatia

Rovinj

Two races were held today in 6-7 knots of wind and the Artemis/Katusha team had a good day.

Artemis had a 1, 2 and Katusha had a 5, 1. Artemis moved up to second place for the regatta behind Aqua who did just what they had to do to seal their first place. Cereef had a great regatta to round out the top three.

Having a good day today and winning the last race of the regatta was a bit of redemption especially for me as I did not do a good job this week tactically. Unfortunately, it was too late to make an impact on our position for this regatta.

Rovinj was spectacular. Unusually good weather blessed the fleet this week with temps close to 30C and not a cloud in the sky all week. I am sure the RC44 fleet will be back soon.

The next RC44 event is the World Championship which will be held at Puerto Calero in Lanzarote in November.

I am back to Valencia tomorrow for the Artemis Racing America’s Cup campaign.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul

RC 44 Croatia

Three races were held today for the RC44 fleet in light winds topping out at 7 knots.

Aqua continued their form from yesterday maintaining their lead in this regatta. Cereef is keeping consistent and is second overall. Aleph and Oracle had good days and are tied for third.

Artemis had a pretty good day with scores of 9, 4, 5 and are now in 5th place overall just 1 point out of 3rd place. Katusha had a good first race then struggled and scored 4, 10, 10 and are in 9th place.

Racing concludes tomorrow. The forecast is for more of the same light winds and bright sunshine.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul