First let me say that I am flattered by the amount that has been written about EF Languages’ victory in the Whitbread Round the World Race, most notably in the July issue of this very Seahorse. I guess the realization that is occurring for those of us that participated in the race is how much the public followed the race and therefore their interest. One thing I would like to point out is that an inordinate amount of the attention and compliments in these articles goes to the skipper. The fact is, that to win in anything requires a talented team that covers all the bases well and one in which every member is fully committed to winning. The best example of this that I have seen, is in fact, the Round the World Race. All of the normal requirements of successful sailing exist coupled with the necessity of being self-sufficient in some isolated situations. For this reason all 12 of the crew on EF Language were equally responsible for the win!

Second issue is the reality that I landed in on June 2…the America’s Cup. I have read plenty of nice stories about how good the America’s Cup will be, especially in a newsletter named AC2000, but I feel that there are some glaring omissions in these reports. In my first week back we received notice from New Zealand that their version of the Coast Guard wanted to charge the competitors $800,000KZ to “cover their costs” associated with patrolling the waters off Auckland during the America’s Cup races they are planning on hosting there. Included in “their costs” were capital investments to the tune of $300,000 for new boats which would obviously be used for the event but then remain the property of the local authorities. I think this has been shot down due to strong objections from the participants but like the original pricing of the bases that was set ridiculously high, the fact that it takes strong objection to get to realistic and fair treatment is a bad sign.

The week after that, the subject was charging for airspace over the race course. Still ongoing is the battle over TV production and getting a “clean feed” from AC 2000 who apparently already committed to their sponsors exposure on the “pool feed” that goes to every subscribing country. The Mini America’s Cup is a great idea but when you have to pay Team New Zealand an entry fee and pay all your expenses and then you have to promote Team New Zealands’ sponsors, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Also, these races are scheduled after the racing season down there so the experience is of little relevance.

I really want to participate in this event but frankly these added obstacles are making it very difficult. I have got to believe that by the time you read this in August, the US television deal will be done, not for 200 hours of air-time as reported, but more like 85 hours which is the proposal that is on the table. Hopefully the Kiwi’s will let Louis Vuitton use the words “America’s Cup” in conjunction with the Louis Vuitton Cup so that deal will be done too. We really need sponsors like Louis Vuitton so we should not discourage them. It is just 15 months prior to the start of racing and, at the time of this writing, some very key components of selling sponsorship are still not concrete. All of this was not very refreshing to come back to. Maybe that is not by accident.

Having said that I think the America’s Cup Village is going to be a great venue for hosting the event. It will centralize all the activities around the Cup and create a “Big Time Event” atmosphere. This is a critical piece of creating the commercial value the Cup needs to justify the cost. I think the Millennium will also be a bigger deal than we realize now and many people will show up in KZ because of that.

Coming back to sailing…which is what this is all supposed to be about, I will be sailing with AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki on his One Design 48, Pinta, in the Kenwood Cup and San Francisco Big Boat Series. I am looking forward to sailing in this competitive fleet on a short course and working with John on our afterguard relationship for the Cup. Both Hawaii and SF Bay are on my short list of favorite venues for racing. John and I will also be participating in the Bermuda Gold Cup in October to start sharpening up on Match Racing along with some others of the AmericaOne crew.

In closing, I would like to acknowledge that I am firing some hard shots across the bow of the Kiwi’s but I feel that the whole story needs to be told.

The 12 man luge ride is over. What an experience! I think the scene that can best sum it up is; It is 02:00 in the Southern Ocean. The sound inside the boat is that of breaking glass in a car accident. The boat is slamming and shuddering violently as it is hurtling down 30 foot waves at 25 knots. You roll out of your bunk and start the process of getting dressed putting on three layers of pants, this takes ten minutes because you fall down every thirty seconds. Three layers of upper garments, two glove liners, rubber gloves, two hats, thick socks plus Goretex socks before slipping on those nice smelling boots. Then it is up forward to find you wet weather gear. The smock top, the pants, don

First let me say that I am flattered by the amount that has been written about EF Languages

Another new year. This is my seventh year of writing for Seahorse. I really enjoy the opportunity to express myself in this high quality publication. I hope that some of what I have had to say over the years has been of interest or amusing at times. Being at the heart of one and looking forward to the other, I thought I would review the path of the two Prime Time events in our sport over the past several years and editions and offer my observations.

Offshore sailing, led by the Whitbread Round the World Race, is enjoying growing popularity, not just amongst those of us in the sport but, in some ways more importantly, with the general public. Offshore has always been big in countries like France. The story of man against the sea, the adventure, the danger, the dream, has always been an attraction in France. Tabarly, Peron and Autissier are heros

I’d like to be able to say that I knew my first leg in the Whitbread would go this well when I decided to do it but honestly, I can not. It was a big surprise to many observers and a pleasant

surprise to me.

The idea of winning the Whitbread Round the World Race is something that I thought we had a chance of doing when I signed up with TEAM EF one year ago. However, I thought the road to the

winners circle would be slow and painful as my team and I,

largely novices at this type of sailing, struggled to catch up

with the Dalton’s, Smith’s and Dickson’s along with their very

talented crews.

I am taking EF Language’s win on the first leg with a grain of

salt as I don’t think much has really changed. I still believe

that the Whitbread experienced teams will prove their metal when

the going gets rough. The boats will get hard to handle, and

experience in making decisions concerning changing sails and how

to do it, will pay off. This should be coming up right now on the

second leg, which we are 24 hours into at the time of this


What winning the first leg did confirm, is that EF Language can

play this game and can win the Race. What remains to be seen is

the amount of our deficiency in “Whitbread” conditions and can we

learn fast enough to minimize those deficiencies, and come out on

top in the final tally next May.

As we forge south right now, 50-60 knots of wind await us at 45S.

Once we get down there, we should be in for 10 days of serious

sailing in one of the greatest places on this planet to practice

the sport and one in which few sailors actually have the privilege

of going to. The waves will be in the 10 meter range, the wind in

the 50’s, the temperature around 0, and the boat speed in the

30’s. The 24 hour record for a mono-hull will be destroyed by half

of the fleet.

For those of you who know me you may be saying, “This isn’t the

Paul Cayard I remember. I thought he was smarter than that!”

Well, I guess I may have talked myself into this but actually this

is really a unique experience, one I will never forget and as a

sailor one that completes my career. There are some sacrifices,

probably the largest made by my wife and children

One week before the start of my first Whitbread and I am looking forward to it more than I was a year ago when I signed up. The sailing I have done on the boats this last year has been nothing short of some of the best sailing I have ever done. The boats are quite possibly the best big boat in the world, fast as a maxi upwind and fast as a sled downwind—water ballast is a great thing!

I am the new kid on the block in this arena so it will be interesting for all to see how well I can adapt to the “offshore” game. Also, I would say that I did not spend as much time as I would have liked to in preparation for this race. My previous commitment to AmericaOne was known and accepted by the EF management at the time of my hiring. Having said all that, those who know me know that I don

It is funny how your perspective changes. In preparing for the upcoming Whitbread, I will participate in the Fastnet Race with my EF Team, the last race of the Admiral

A lot of controversy has surrounded the fact that the ISAF the voted the Star out sailing

A few weeks ago, I was reflecting on things and realized that my life had suddenly taken some strange twists. Last November I had signed up to do a race that I swore many times I would never do (Whitbread) and more recently I had taken up snowboarding to be with my son and found that I liked it more than skiing. What is scary is that I have no problem finding good reason to do both. So I asked my wife if she thought I was having a mid-life crisis. She asked me if I was going out with strange women and I said no. She said I was only in the early stages of the crisis. Feeling a bit relieved, I decide to go ahead and tell her that I was thinking of the possibility of doing the Jules Verne. She then told me I needed an evaluation. I realized I better not talk about the Jules Verne for a few more months.

In January, I went to the Team EF base in Villamoura, Portugal, where I spent three weeks getting indoctrinated to the world of the Whitbread, affectionately referred to by me as, The White Bread. Those who know me know that I can

I am doing exactly what got me to where I am; broadening my horizons. While growing up in sailing, I was the one who at 18 was crewing in the Star World Championship and the 505 World Championship within 6 months. I was sailing Lasers at the same time as 6 meters. I won the Star Worlds and the Maxi Worlds in the same year.

To me, taking a step back and looking at our sport, I see a whole other side of our sport that I don