Skipper Paul Cayard and his crew have adopted a Z ZEGNA total look on shore when dressing up for formal occasions. Their look will be both urban and sexy like the styling of this fashion brand, the latest collection by the famous Maison Ermenegildo Zegna.

A personal friend of the family who has always greatly praised both the quality and style of Zegna, Paul Cayard himself has selected Z ZEGNA for his Pirates during his brand new adventure around the world on board the “The Black Pearl”.

“I selected garments that are elegant and yet nice for the Pirates to wear. My Pirates are the depiction of the true modern man”, said Paul Cayard.

The four female shore crew members will wear Agnona, the feminine luxury brand of the Zegna Group. For them, Agnona created outfits that perfectly match femininity with the charming elegance of lady pirates.

Cayard has raced on a number of occasions during the Ermenegildo Zegna Trophy in Portofino where in 2006 the 25th anniversary celebrations will be held.


Pirates’ total look includes:suit, shirt, scarf, shoes and travel bag.


Pirates’ total look includes: 3/4 length trousers, shoulder outfit and travel bag.

Another long day and I am writing this at 0530 on the 5th. We are now about 80 miles north of Sanxenxo. We did a lot of sail testing and polar definition work today. This is tedious work, sailing for 10 minutes at a given angle and recording the performance of the boat with a given sail. After you do all the appropriate angles in that windspeed for that sail, you put up another one and do some more. Easy to burn 6 hours doing it and of course you slow your progress to the barn as you sail off course. But it has to be done.

We had a bit of breeze from 2200 Tuesday to 0400 this morning.

The wind compressing at the north western corner of Spain got up to 28 knots and we were hitting 30 periodically and averaged 21 knots for four hours. Ripping along like that in total darkness…no moon tonight…is something that is impossible to explain. Inside the boat is so loud that no one was able to sleep.

Now the wind is droping and rotating to the north to follow the coast of Spain and this is slowing our progress. Could be a long last 80 miles.

I think we are all pretty tired. It has been another big push for 8 days. Sail up to Holland, work on the mast, get it in, and sail back. Testing and working all the way. That is close to another 2000 miles for the Pearl.

Our shore team is waiting for us tomorrow and the work list that we generated during the 2000 miler is going to get attacked. We wont sail for at least a week.

I think we are all looking forward to some good food from Chef Rehana and is supurb assistant Jo.

Long day today, yesterday now. We got some specific conditions that we were looking for to do some sail testing so we got into a full session this afternoon that finished at sunset or just after actually. I was beat and went to sleep.

Good progress with a couple of sails, though not toward Sanxenxo. In fact, as tough as it was to do we had to actually sail away from Sanxenxo for 6 hours to get this testing done. But we did it and it is “in the can” as they say in Burbank. Now, 0115 locAL time Tuesday, the wind has shut off here in the northwest corner of France and we are motoring at 7 knots. These boats are fast but not under motor.

We should get and easterbreeze up to 15 knots later today in the Bay of Biscay that should get us going 18 knots down the track again.

All is well aboard the Pearl. Smooth sea, clear sky, and we are inside (south east) of the shipping lane so no major swerving for traffic.

We are off again, heading down the English Channel at 20 knots. Seems like these boat like to go 20. They get there fairly effortlessly. Going 20 on a reach means getting soaked through do there we were, one hour out of town and getting the full firehose, getting us nice and damp for the remainder of the trip.

The forecast is for northerly winds 15-20 knots tonight then going NE and diminishing tomorrow. Tuesday should have easterly 15 knots as we go through the Bay of Biscay. So we should make good time today, tonight, then slow tomorrow and good speed again on Tuesday. We should arrive Wednesday morning in Sanxenxo.

We only got a 30 minute sail with our new mast last night but all was working well. We took about 10 locals who had been watching us work on the boat all day, along for the sail. They all got a thrill out of that and it was our way of saying thanks for the Dutch hospitality over the three days.

Freddy and I were invited to an old friends home last night. Boudwin Binkhorst who represented Holland in a few Olympics and his crew Ko Vandenberg came down to the boat earlier in the day to say hi. Binkhorst was second in the Finn Gold Cup in the 70’s then sailed the Star for many years. He was an innovator in the Star class building the first double bottom, self bailing boat in the early 80’s. We had a very nice fish dinner at his home in Breskens. It is amazing how you can go to the most out of the way place and meet some guys who you knew 20 years ago.

This morning we did a bit more tuning of the mast and waterproofing of the deck around the mast before shoving off at 1000.

All is well aboard and I think everyone is looking forward to getting to Sanxenxo and staying put for a while. We have quite a long list of little things we want to do to the Pearl now that we know what it is to sail these types of boats so we will not be sailing for a week or so starting Wednesday.

That’s it for today.


We have been here in Breskens two days. Hotel Scaldis has been a bit warmer and dryer than the pipe berths onboard and the food and washing machine aren’t bad either. We got Rig 1 out yesterday and Rig 2 in today. Last night we were hosted at the local yacht club here by Jos van den Heuvel of Hall Spars and his team. They have done a fantastic job with our rigs and been great to work with. I visited their facility this morning and it was like a laboratory. Very clean, well insulated, dust free air system in the laminating shed, 38 meter autoclave.

Dinner was a bit of an affair as today there was the biggest race of the year in the area…250 boat racing from Breskens 40 miles up the river to Antwerp. As you would expect, there was a bit of drinking amongst the 1000 people packed into the yacht club. Most of our gang left around 2030 as sleep is as pleasurable as eating ice cream to us.

This morning when we arrived at the pearl, we noticed a new addition to the equipement on the yacht. The following email explains the efforts of some “wannabe pirates”;

From: Linda & Roeland Vroon []

Sent: 01 October 2005 10:10


Subject: Act of piracy in Breskens

Importance: High

Dear Capt’n Paul Sparrow,

A grave act of piracy has been discovered in Breskens this morning.

Last night a gang of renegades has obducted the blow-up parrot form the flybridge of motoryacht “Pastime” and perched it on the com. bracket at the back of “the black pearl”.

You may understand the the owners wife is very attached to her parrot so we could not stand idly by and watch this crime go unpunished.

We were succesfull in defeating the culprits and liberate the poor animal. He will be “deflated” for quite some time.

The owner is on a bountyhunt in St. Tropez at the moment but he told me to hang the guilty when the sun is over the yardarm, so if you’re a couple short on your return to your Spain you know what happened.

Good luck with your Volvo campaign.

Capt’n Roeland Vroon

m/y “Pastime”


This morning, Captain Vroon came down to the Pearl and met Freddy Loof and Nigel King and collected his blow up parrot….Unfortunately before we could get a picture of it. I have indeed checked into the “act”, and I am must report that none of my Pirates were responsible. As near as we can tell, this act was perpetrated by local Dutch Pirates. The locals must have felt that the Parrot would actually prefer to live onboard the Pearl. As Captain Vroon’s email indicates, the act was “in the spirit” and this humorous act was appreciated by all in the harbor.

My reply to Captain Vroon;

Captain Vroon, I must report that none of my Pirates were responsible for the relocation of your Parrot. I appreciate the tone of your email and will use it in my daily report. Please check it out on line at

By the way, please feel free to come by for a visit of the Pearl. We may be able to find a bit of swag for you.

Captain Paul

I kind of like the idea of a Parrot… a real one though. I might take that onboard. Why have a yard dog? Everyone has one of those. Kimo, look into quarantine laws on the lap.

We are gearing up for our first sail with the new rig tonight and if all goes well we’ll head back to Sanxenxo tomorrow.

Captain Paul


We are in Breskens, Holland home of Hall Spars Europe. Fast last 24 hours 450 miles. We learned a bunch more, got the boat here safely and will get our new mast in the boat tomorrow.

Things are progressing well. The more we learn the more we realize we have a lot to more learn. These boats are a handfull for 5 people (one watch) to handle. We are working on sytems to deal with this as I am sure our competitors have already figured out.

All is good and we are out of here and off for a good meal and maybe even just one beer.


h. 21.30

The day started off very slowly with very light winds from the southwest. It slowly built and by mid afternoon we had 20 knots from 230. We tested our masthead running spinnaker against our masthead reaching spinnaker to find the cross over in angle that each can be carried efficiently. We tested weather having water in our aft tank was better than without. We tested big stay sails and smaller ones. All in all a productive afternoon.

At 2030 local time we passed Ille d’Ouessant off the north west corner of France. The wind was up to 25 knots there so we were enjoying the sunset and ripping along at 25 knots making up for the slow start on the first 40 hours of the trip.

We now have about 20 knots of wind from 300 and making good progress up the English channel. There are a lot of ships around so we are keeping a good eye out for traffic.

We should get to Holland tomorrow afternoon late if the wind holds up.

Life onboard is good. A little damp but good. The crew is all in good spirits and we are looking forward to getting our new Hall mast in the boat on Friday. Jos of Hall Spars has organized a special Dutch dinner for us on Friday night so that plus a hotel room sounds pretty good.


Today was not a record breaking day. We did only 200 miles in our first 24 hours. Winds generally under 10 knots and mostly right on the nose. Not optimal but pleasant sailing in the Bay of Biscay. Clear skies, high pressure, no rain, but a big swell so there is some serious breeze somewhere out to the west of us.

We are currently at: 45,44.34N , 6,35.84W which is about 220 miles due west of La Rochele France.

We tested different sails today and some keel positions. We are still complete novices at tuning this boat. Friday we have to decide on some of the designs for our race sails as they need to be produced and shipped to Spain before the start. We were commenting today on how little we know and yet we have to make these decisions that normally are the conclusion of months of testing and information. We haven’t even lined up side by side with another boat yet.

The wind is due to go around to the South West later tomorrow, Wednesday, and build to 25 knots. That should give us a nice ride up the English Channel and into Holland on Thursday. We can check a few of our spinnakers at that time and make so more fast miles. We realize now how good we had it in the 2000 miler going 20 knots all the time. 10 knots seems slow to us.

All these days out at sea are good for all of us. I just spent a bit of time steering in the dark. It takes practice to be efficient at steering in the dark. Not much moon now and there is a bit more darkness per 24 hours that day light.

More tomorrow.

At 2000 local time the Black Pearl eased out of Sanxenxo on her way to Holland. The trip should take about 3 days. We are currently sailing hard on the wind out into the Atlantic, on starboard tack in 15 knots of wind from 325. The sea is fairly smooth. We are expecting to be on the wind most of tomorrow and then a front approaching from the west should give us some south west oging westerly winds fairly strong Wednesday and Thursday.

The shore team have worked hard in the past 6 days since the 2000 miler to get the Pearl to an improved state. Many of the sailors took a few days off to see their family. Freddy of course was bringing his wife Maja and their new son home. Dirk was home visiting his two week old. I went to california, Juggy and Jerry went to Rhode Island.

The main purpose of this trip is to get out second mast in the boat. Our Spars are made by Hall Spars in Holland. The first was has been excellent and we have made the second one just a bit better we think. We did not have much time to give input to the first one where as we have been able to put some thoughts into the second one. We should be bak in Sanxenxo by next Tuesday having made the swap.

We have 11 people onboard for this trip. Jules Salter; Navigator, Freddy Loof, Dirk De Ridder, Craig Satterthwaite, Nigel King, Jerry Kirby, Justin Ferris, Justin Clougher, Gavin Brady, Jerry Sicilliano (shore team) and myself. Jerry is working on our canard system so we thought it would be good for him to see how it works at sea.

The wind is dropping off a bit and the guys are easing the runner. Very loud sounds. The carbon boat is a drum. Better get up there.



Maja Elien, the wife of Freddy Loof, gave birth to a baby boy Monday night in Oslo. They have yet to name the third, and youngest, baby Pirate in the

Black Pearl family. Freddy made the quick dash to the airport from Sanxenxo as soon as we docked. Good thing we were on a Volvo 70 and not a 60.

Early this year new pirates we brought into this world by the Ardern family and the DeRidder family. No reports of thievery yet.

Paul Cayard