Spain. Breitling MedCup: Supermodel Eva Herzigova wishes Coutts, Brady & T52 Lexus crew good luck

Thursday, 20 July 2006

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Lucky mascots come in all shapes and forms, but Lexus revealed what must be the ultimate in shapely lucky charms this morning in Puerto Portals in the form of supermodel Eva Herzigova.

The Czech model paid a flying visit to the 21 boat TP 52 line up to say ‘hello boys’ and wish Russell Coutts, Gavin Brady and the rest of the crew of the Lexus TP52 owned by George Andreadis and Jaime Yllera the best of luck for the imminent Breitling MedCup TP52 regatta.

Eva took time out en route to Ibiza to hopefully add a winning magic to the Lexus.

“I understand Lexus has won the last three regattas here so I am hoping that I will with the combined talents of Paul Cayard and Russell Coutts forming the afterguard prove their lucky charm this time.” Eva smiled.

The 2006 Botin & Carkeek design was putting together some consistently good results towards the end of the last regatta in Castellon.

For this first Mallorcan regatta it will be Coutts as tactician and Gavin Brady steering. Alinghi strategist and multiple 470 world champion, Mallorcan Jordi Calafat joins Lexus on mainsheet Pirates of the Caribbean trimmer Ian Budgen rejoins the team after Volvo Ocean Race duties and is scheduled to sail the rest of the Breitling MedCup.

Lexus sailed yesterday and have done some more serious tuning work to the rig and Andreadis is hopeful that they will continue to improve here:

“We have been trying to get the equipment right and it has been going a little more slowly than we would have hoped, which is a bit of a disappointment. It is always hard to get the sails and rig to work best together but we hope we will be better here. We have made a few small changes, nothing major.” Explained Andreadis, “I am not sure but I think the differences between Warpath and us are mainly tuning differences.”

“It has been fantastic racing this season. The boats are very close as always, and it is good that last year’s boats are competitive too.”

As one of the prime movers in the circuit’s visit to Athens in September, George believes that the racing on the Saronic Gulf will be good:

“We have a very large part of the team who ran the Olympic regatta involved as the race committee and the Hellenic Offshore Racing Association have done a good job in preparing for the event.”

Perfect Weekend – Paul Cayard

Travelling as much as I do, just sleeping in my own bed is part of my perfect weekend. Saturday, I get up pretty early. I’ll go for an hour-long run with Poppy, my yellow Labrador, on the hill where we live, Mount Tamalpais, near San Francisco. Then I’ll come home, make a cappuccino and read the paper.

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Virtual Spectator Launches Pirates 3D Raceviewer

(Orlando, Fla-04/04/06)

Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 can now follow The Black Pearl from port to port in a compelling 3D environment. Virtual Spectator, a global innovator in 3D sports technology has announced the launch of Pirates 3D VS Raceviewer free for download at www.blackpearlracing.com.

The Pirates 3D VS Raceviewer has the look and feel of the team including unique Pirates graphics and colors. In addition to keeping an unpatched eye on The Black Pearl, users can track four interactive camera angles, accurately depicted boats (right down to sail selection), weather – including wind and boat speed and direction, isobars, rain, snow, and clouds – and race history.

Douglas L. King, Chairman and CEO of Virtual Spectator said, “Virtual Spectator is thrilled to work with Disney’s entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. Paul Cayard and all the Pirates of the Caribbean team have an enormous following. We’re delighted to offer their fans an experience to follow this team.”

The Pirates 3D VS Raceviewer also offers video updates straight to the individual

Cayard addresses Annapolis Yacht Club Members

AYC Hosts The Black Pearl During VOR Annapolis Stopover

As the official host club of The Black Pearl during its Annapolis stopover, AYC and its members had a unique opportunity to enjoy the Volvo Ocean Race. With a mutual interest in promoting junior sailing, Paul Cayard and the Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation teamed up to use The Black Pearl

Pescanova Hosts Their Largest Children’s Pirates Event in Baltimore

Pescanova hosted their largest ever children’s Pirates event today in Baltimore, USA with more than 2,000 local children enjoying an interactive stage show in the heart of the city, attended by Mayor Martin O’Malley and of course the Pirates of the Caribbean crew!

The crew is about to set off on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005/06 and official partner, Pescanova has been reaching out to local communities around the world and uniting the children with this spectacular sporting event, through the Pirates theme.

The children, aged 8 – 12 were brought together from local schools, many of who have been following the race.

The morning’s events commenced with a host of actors and entertainers enthralling the children. Excitement reached near fever pitch with the arrival of The Black Pearl, which pulled up alongside Pier 5 in Baltimore for all the children to see. The real-life Pirates rowed across to greet the children, who treated the crew like the movie stars!

Skipper, Paul Cayard and members of the crew then explained to their captivated audience what life at sea is like; what they wear, eat and experience on their 70ft racing yacht, mid way through their global adventure.

To top the event of for the children there was the first public viewing of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest trailer.

During the event, Paul Cayard presented Mayor Martin O’Malley with a special replica of The Black Pearl, a Volvo Open 70 and thanked him for the spectacular welcome into Baltimore.

Jose Abbad, CEO, Pescanova USA commented: “Today was a truly fantastic show with children from around Baltimore offered a spectacular show from the Pirates of the Caribbean. As Paul Cayard always says to the children there’s a little bit of Pirate in all of us and this unique show helps bring this alive!

“It’s important to us as a company that we give something back to the community and we believe in investing in the future. Many of the children have been following the race since the start in Spain and have been supporting the Pirates avidly. For us to be able to show the children the first public viewing of the new movie trailer was very special.

“For them, to see the boat and listen to the crew is hugely exciting. Once again we’ve had a truly memorable event and have helped capture the hearts and imaginations of many young people.”

McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S NAMED OFFICIAL RESTAURANT OF THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S NAMED OFFICIAL RESTAURANT OF PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN SAILING TEAM IN BALTIMORE

Restaurant Supports Team and Hosts Pirates Meet and Greet

Baltimore, MD- McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, located in downtown Baltimore on Pier 5, has been selected as the Official Restaurant of the Pirates of the Caribbean Team during the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 Baltimore stopover before the race leaves for New York on May 7. The only American entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, it is expected that the Pirates of the Caribbean will have plenty of support from the home team, particularly for the InPort Race this Saturday.

In addition to rolling out the red carpet for Skipper Paul Cayard and his Pirates crew, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant will host a Meet the Pirates of the Caribbean Hour on May 1 from 6-7 pm in the bar area. The public is invited to stop in to meet the team and find out what it is like to be part of the

Black Pearl has Arrived into Baltimore in Third Place

The only American yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005/06, The Black Pearl skippered by Paul Cayard (US), has arrived into Baltimore in third place to a rapturous home welcome.

Pirates of the Caribbean team finished at 0722 (local time) to clench their fourth podium place and skipper and crew were clearly delighted. When they sailed to the arrivals pontoon a crowd of supporters, media, friends and families were there to greet them.

On the dockside Paul Cayard explained to waiting press: “We’re getting used to third but the result is tough to get used to. We are all very competitive and we all really want to win.