A grand event during the stop-over in the Volvo Ocean Race

Rio de Janeiro, 21st March 2006

The Pirates arrived in Rio in 2nd place at the end of 4th leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, and Zegna is here to greet them. The accomplishments of Skipper Paul Cayard and his crew board The Black Pearl in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 are the talk of the town and official supplier, Zegna, has organized a great event in the prestigious Rio store Ermenegildo Zegna at the São Conrado Fashion Mall, Estrada da Gávea, 899. Guests will include Luiz Fernando Guimaraes (Actor), Silvia Pfeifer (Actress), Reinaldo Paes Barreto (Director of Jornal do Brasil) and others.

The event is on 21st March, during the stop-over between the 4th and 5th legs of the Volvo Ocean Race, the toughest and most enthralling that a yachtsman can hope to take part in during his career. Rio de Janeiro wasn


It was a tough battle to the finish but the Pirates stayed strong, and finished in second place, just 30 minutes ahead of AMN ARMO TWO after the longest, toughest leg of the race. The Pirates of the Caribbean finished Leg 4 at 07.06 UTC, moving the team into third position overall in the Volvo Ocean Race.

With a winning start out of Wellington, the Pirates of the Caribbean team dominated centre stage the whole leg. It was a close race the entire leg and just a few hours before the finish Brasil 1 joined in the jostle for the finish, but were soon passed by ABN AMRO TWO. However, the Pirates refused to loosen their grip and captivated their awaiting audience by pulling out the stops to claim second place. The Pirates were welcomed into Rio in true Brazilian style.

“The weather at the end was phenomenal! There were horrid squalls out there and we were constantly changing sails to keep up with the changing conditions. With our hard earned second place in jeopardy, we stopped the watch system 20 hours before the finish to give it all we had. A great effort after 6,700 miles and 21 days! I am very proud of the way the guys responded to the challenge,” commented Skipper Paul Cayard.

Before leaving for Leg 4, and arguably the toughest leg of the race, Cayard felt that The Black Pearl was ready to challenge the opposition and give his team its well-deserved glory. Upon arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Cayard explained the hard and fast racing at the end: “We knew for a couple of days what would happen, that the weather would bring the trailing yachts up to us. It was pretty tight at the end with Brasil 1 and then with AMN AMRO TWO.”

“We’ve got a good boat and a fast team – we’re very solid. It’s satisfying from a management perspective to see the Pirates of the Caribbean team and project coming together so well. We were happy with our performance in the Melbourne inport race and 3rd into Wellington. We worked really hard as a crew and with the shore team; finding an answer to the keel ram problems and adopting different solutions than movistar and Ericsson,” continued Cayard. The Black Pearl sailed close to 8,000 nautical miles on Leg 4, including the notorious Cape Horn. For Cayard, this was his third time rounding Cape Horn and whilst nerve-wracking, it is ultimately the most exhilarating milestone to achieve. “To get the boat safely through the Southern Ocean weighed fairly heavily on me as we departed Wellington. The Southern Ocean, for me, is the reason for doing the Volvo Ocean Race; it

Magro, elegante con la sua maglietta bianca da Pirate of the Caribbean, in grandisma, porta i 47 anni come i baffi, sempre neri come il carbone e i capelli. Come un ragazzino insomma, anche dopo 6.100 miglia in pieno oceano e oltre venti giorni della seconda durissima tappa dellavolvo Ocean Race, la Città del Capo Melbourne. Cayard arriva pedalando disinvolto in bicicletta sulla banchina di Port Phillip dove il traguardo è stato tagliato per primo, come già per la prima tappa, da Abn Amro One dello skipper neozelandese Mike Sanderson. La barca dei quei Pirati. The Black Pearl, è invece arrivata solo.

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The adventures of Paul Cayard and the Pirates of the Caribbean in the Volvo Ocean Race continue with the upcoming finish of Leg 4 later this week. As the team races from Wellington to

Rio de Janeiro, the Pirates have had an advantage over the other teams. Thanks to Pelloni Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan), the team benefited from having the finest and most famous

cheese in the world onboard.

“Racing around the world is very demanding both physically and mentally,” commented Paul Cayard, Skipper of The Pirates of the Caribbean, “Parmigiano is a great food as it is easy to eat

and provides a great amount of protein and energy. We are fortunate to have Pelloni as our exclusive supplier of Parmigiano.”

Pelloni has produced the new single-dose Parmi Fit snacks especially for The Pirates of the Caribbean, and Cayard and the Pirates will have these on board for the rest of the Volvo Ocean

Race. Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) is a fundamental food for any diet, as it is rich in protein and easily digestible. Its characteristics make it a basic food in the diet of all sportsmen who are

aiming for the best possible performance. It is no coincidence that also the astronauts from NASA use it during their missions into space.

One more novelty from Pelloni is Parmi Kid, a single-dose snack for children. Pelloni will be providing samples of Parmi Kid at the events organised by Pescanova, the Team’s Official


“We believed in this project from the very beginning,” say Athos and Aurora Pelloni, the company’s owners. “We’re thrilled to be supplying such an energetic and natural product to the

Pirates. We’re certain that we’ll be able to give an extra boost to their performance. The opportunity to introduce Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) to children is also something we’re

very proud of, as it’s important to learn that a healthy diet is fundamental for a healthy life.”



Paul Cayard

was the first American skipper to win the Whitbread Round the World Race, in 1998, on EF Language. He is a seven-time sailing world champion, a five-time America’s Cup veteran and a two time Olympian. His accolades include election to the Sailing World Hall of Fame in 2002 and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1998. For more information, please visit www.cayardsailing.com

The Black Pearl

entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 is the result of a unique film marketing partnership between The Walt Disney Company and the Volvo Ocean Race. The Pirates of the Caribbean team, skippered by Paul Cayard, combines experienced sailors from six nations with five previous wins of this demanding race. For more information on the team, visit: www.blackpearlracing.com

The Volvo Ocean Race

takes eight months, covers 31,250 nautical miles of the globe

Seahorse December 2005

The 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race is off and running. Last weekend during the Sanxenxo In-Port race, we got our first glimpse at the differences between the boats. There are obviously some different designs out there but there are also some more subtle differences between boats of the same design philosophy. The most obvious difference was that between the Farr design represented by 4 of the boats and the 2 Juan K boats of ABN Amro which are closed to the Open 60 genre. The ABN boats have quite wide water line sections which will be useful in more breeze but which were noting but drag in the 8 knot opener.

While these conditions are not representative of the average that we will encounter on our way around the world, it was quite interesting since it was the first time we all lined up side by side. Ericsson won the race by starting to the left and going to the left corner where they picked up a bit more pressure. We managed a third which I was pleased with for an opener. What was most useful to us was to see some of the specialty sails that the other measured in and to see if they are worthy of on of our precious 24 sails cards. We did see some “Code 0’s” which were not impressive and if they don

With the sports and entertainment industries increasingly in convergence, it was bound to happen, and the skull-and-cutlass logos on one of the 70-foot sloops in the marina here are high-flying proof that the era of cross-promotion has arrived at a new, not necessarily safer, place.

Sports have spawned scores of Hollywood films, from the sublime (“Raging Bull” with Robert DeNiro) to the ridiculous (“The Fan” with Robert DeNiro). Now, in a novel case of life imitating art before the art is ready for release, it’s a film’s turn to spawn something sporting.

If the sequel to “Pirates of the Caribbean” were not opening worldwide next July, there would be no U.S.-led entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, which begins in earnest Saturday when the seven boats sail out of the Galician port of Vigo on the first of nine legs.

Without the sequel, Paul Cayard would still be in San Francisco, helping his two teenage children through the vagaries of high school, instead of preparing to lead another cosmopolitan crew on a controlled panic of a circumnavigation past icebergs, whales and the very occasional albatross.

But Johnny Depp is on location in the Caribbean reprising his role as the offbeat captain of the Black Pearl, and the more clean-cut Captain Cayard is giving journalists tours of the other Black Pearl as crew members hustle around the new yacht in an attempt to make up for lost months and maintenance.

“It’s good to be a pirate,” Cayard said, not for the first time and certainly not for the last time.

This race stretches on for nearly eight months and includes stops on five continents for retooling and for meeting and greeting, which was all part of the appeal to Disney when it agreed that the Volvo was the right vehicle for its film.

The company has already done something vaguely similar: naming its National Hockey League franchise the Mighty Ducks after the team in its misfit-teens-make-good hockey movie. But that came long after the film’s release.

“This is unlike anything that’s been done before,” said Donald Evans, a vice president at Buena Vista International, Disney’s worldwide marketing and distribution division. “A lot of studios put up a logo, as they do with Nascar, but it’s nothing as organic as this.”

“Movies are not a tangible experience,” Evans said. “You go to a theater and watch a movie. It plays to you. This was an opportunity to bring a piece of Hollywood and piece of the movie literally around the globe.”

The organizers of this quadrennial round-the-world race, formerly known

‘We didn’t want to have cannons coming out of the side of the boat and teak decks.’

as the Whitbread, brought the idea of sponsoring a boat to Disney in the fall of 2004. After plenty of market research and internal discussion, Disney came on board in March, by which time some of the other Volvo entrants, including Spain’s Movistar, were testing their boats and sails on the water. Cayard, the 46-year-old America’s Cup veteran who won this race in 1998, was not announced as skipper until early August, although he still managed to put together a talent-rich sailing team.

At the capitalistic core, there is no difference between a mobile phone company or a software company using a sailing race to raise awareness of its brands and a film studio using a race to promote its products. But it certainly seems different. Software, despite ever more nautical uses, is not inherently about star power and adventure on the high seas.

Although “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” which hit the theaters in 2003, would have clearly been a better cinematic fit for this far-flung sea-sprayed race, the pirate theme works for Cayard. After years of chasing sponsorship money, he has to give only orders and interviews.

“The downside was we were late; the upside was we had all the money,” he said. “I’m not badmouthing typical commercial sponsorships, because we’ve all raced with those for years and they’re great. But this thing with the Pirates, it’s more of a vision or dream, so that was very intriguing to me, and at the end of the day, that was what put me over the edge and despite being extremely late and despite being way under the gun, I was ready to jump in.”

Well aware that the vision thing ran the risk of veering into undignified territory, Cayard and his sailing team worked with Disney to keep the linkage between the pirate ship and the high-tech sloop as subtle as possible.

“We didn’t want to have cannons coming out of the side of the boat and teak decks,” said the Pirates’ general manager, Kimo Worthington.

The boat’s number is USA 7706, after the film’s scheduled release date of July 7, 2006. What look like wavy racing stripes on the side of the boat are actually a hint of a creature to be introduced in the Pirates sequel. More film references could be introduced later in the race.

Disney wanted black sails, but that was vetoed for technical reasons. “The heat would have delaminated the sails,” Worthington said. “We do have a big pirate on the sail, but it’s been nice working with Disney. They don’t want it to be too ridiculous. They don’t want us dressed in pirate clothes or anything like that.”

Any snickering in the rest of the pirate-free fleet is not being done in public.

“It might be all Disney and cute, but they didn’t forget to hire the big talent with the sharp teeth like Cayard,” said Sébastien Josse, the French skipper of Dutch team ABN AMRO’s second boat.

Neal McDonald, the British skipper of Ericsson Racing Team, which won the short opening in-port race in Sanxenxo on Saturday, also has no misgivings. “I’ve seen quite a lot of interest in their boat, which might not have been there otherwise unless there was an angle to it, and I think that’s good for the sport,” he said. “I think the pirates link is attractive to kids, and getting young people involved in sailing is always a bit of a challenge.”

It has been a less-than-triumphant phase in Cayard’s career. Larry Ellison bought up many of Cayard’s America’s Cup assets after the 2000 event in Auckland, New Zealand, and then pushed him out of his Oracle team in large part, Cayard says, because Ellison wanted Oracle to be his show. After whipping his middle-aged bid into superb shape for last year’s Olympic Games, Cayard had to settle for fifth place in the Star Class.

Now, with the village for the 2007 America’s Cup being prepared in Valencia, Cayard is in a different, less bustling part of Spain. “This race gave me more on a personal level than any other sailing competition I’ve been in, including the Olympics,” he said.

Without ideal preparation, he knows that his boat and crew can’t be at their best until the second half of the race, but whatever the final standings, he could still look like a winner.

“Clearly, there are two races here,” McDonald said. “There’s the sailing race, and the PR race.”

For now, the skull and crossed cutlasses hold a big lead in the latter, and if the bottom line looks good at the finish line, there may be more cases of life imitating unfinished art. Hollywood, after all, likes nothing better than a sequel.


LA STORIA / Nel weekend salpano una transatlantica in coppia è il giro del mondo. Con il rischio di previsioni sempre più difficili da leggere

Quando il gioco si fa duro, quando l’inverno arriccia il mare è gonfia le nuvole, quando il cielo diventa grigio e la vela trendy della Coppa America se ne va in letargo, riecco le grandi regate oceaniche. Sono due è partono nel week-end: da Le Havre (Francia) a Salvador de Bahia (Brasile) la Transat Jacques Vabre, transatlantica in coppia che s’infila nella Manica, attraversa l’Equatore e si tuffa, spinta dagli Alisei, verso il Brasile, lungo la rotta (al contrario) che una volta seguivano i bastimenti carichi di caffè; da Vigo (Spagna) a Göteborg (Svezia) la Volvo Race, il giro del mondo in equipaggio con scali, sette mesi è 31 mila miglia di onde e vento toccando tre Capi (Buona Speranza, Leeuwin e Horn) e solcando tutti gli Oceani. È la vela degli avventurieri, dei lupi di mare che hanno scritto la storia della navigazione, dei marinai che guardano con un po’ di scetticismo agli agi è ai budget faraonici dell’America’s Cup. Nel programma della Transat e della Volvo Race non è prevista doccia calda a fine giornata, ci sono brande essenziali al posto dei letti e porzioni di cibo liofilizzato invece del ristorante. Con, in più, l’incognita di un meteo sempre più difficile da leggere è interpretare. Gli sconvolgimenti atmosferici del pianeta ormai rendono le previsioni un azzardo. Una cosa è affrontare un temporalone tra le boe, con la terra in vista, un’altra infilarsi in un uragano quando l’essere vivente pi

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Un uomo di cuore, oltre che testa. Un manager che pianifica il successo, ma che ha anche il coraggio di mettersi in gioco per amore dell’avventura.

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Il Salone di Genova è stato inaugrato ieri dal ministro delle Attività Produttive Claudio Scajola. Nel pomeriggio molti visitatori si sono trasferiti nel Teatro del Mare per seguire la conferenza stampa di Paul Cayard.

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