Paul Cayard Joins Desafio Espanol


Paul Cayard has joined Desafío Español as Sports Director for the 33rd America’s Cup. During the last edition of the Cup, Cayard was the team’s Technical & Sports Advisor overseeing the preparation and set up of ESP97 during the weeks leading up the Louis Vuitton Cup in April 2007.

Cayard (San Francisco, USA 1959) has 24 years of experience in the America’s Cup and will contribute his expertise to the team, in his new position as Sports Director.

Cayard will start to work with the team in the middle of October. This is the seventh time Cayard will be involved in sailing’s premier event since his debut as a sail trimmer on board US-33 in 1983.

In 1992, Cayard won the Louis Vuitton Cup skippering “Il Moro di Venezia” and in 2000 advanced to the finals of the Challenger Selection Series as Skipper of “AmericaOne”. He also finished the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race in the runner up position skippering the “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Paul Cayard holds seven World Championship titles in different classes, has participated in two Olympic Games and, in 1998, was the first American to win the Whitbread Round the World Race skippering Ef Language.

“This is an opportunity to put my experience to work”, he says. “It is also a chance for me to get back into the Cup game after missing the competition in 2003 and 2007. It will be enjoyable to race for the home team and to try to improve on the fantastic result of 2007”, he adds.

The American sailor starts his relationship with the team at an early stage of the campaign. “I believe that my experience will help in the overall strategy for the team as well as decision making on an operational level. Also, this Cup will have a new design rule so the experience in getting a new class of boat to its maximum potential will be valuable. Further it will be imperative that the sailing team and the technical team have good communication and a good working relationship. I think I can help that process. The Spanish team is a good team that aspires to be great”, remarked Cayard.

Note to the editor: A press conference will be arranged in mid October upon Cayard’s arrival in Valencia. Opportunities for interviews will follow.


World Championship Titles

2002 IMS, Capri, Brava Q 8

1996 ILC 40, Athens, Brava Q8

1991 50′ Class Japan Abracadabra

1991 America’s Cup, San Diego, Il Moro di Venezia

1989 One Ton, Napoli, Brava

1988 Star, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1988 Maxi, San Francisco, Il Moro di Venezia III

Round the World Sailing

2006 Volvo Ocean Race 2nd Pirates of the Caribbean

1998 Whitbread Round the World Race 1st EF Language

America’s Cup

2007 Desafio Espanol, Technical Advisor, Valencia

2000 AmericaOne Skipper, Auckland

1995 Stars and Stripes Helmsman San Diego

1992 Il Moro di Venezia Skipper/Manager San Diego

1987 USA Tactician Perth, Australia

1983 Defender – Sail trimmer Newport, RI

Won the Louis Vuitton Cup in 1992 and Citizen Cup in 1995, hence sailed as helmsman in two consecutive America’s Cup finals.

Olympic Games

2004 Star, Athens – 5th

1984 Star (Alternate), Los Angeles

Match Racing Results

2001 Bermuda Gold Cup, 1st

2001 Nations Cup, 1st

1999 Steinkager/Line 7, Auckland 1st

1998 Yachting Match Race Virgin, Gorda 1st

1997 Golden Gate Invitational, San Francisco 1st

1996 Steinlager/Line 7, Auckland 1st

1994 St. Francis Match Race, San Francisco 1st

1994 French International Sete, France 1st

1994 World Championship La Rochele, France 2nd

1992 Louis Vuitton Cup, San Diego 1st

Racing/Cruising Helmsman Awards

2006 St Francis Yacht Club Yachtsman of the Year

2002 Sailing World Hall of Fame

1998 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year

1997 St. Francis Yacht Club Yachtsman of the Year

1992 Rothmans Yachtsman of the Year

1991 Yachting Magazine Yachtsman of the Year

For more information or high resolution photos please contact:

Pablo Ruiz-Jiménez – Press Officer – Desafio Espanol

E M +34 628 31 31 67


Jennifer Hall – Marketing & PR Manager – Cayard Sailing

E M +39 392 976 8107