Paul Cayard, one of the worlds greatest sailors, will participate at Pacific Sail Expo 2002 as the shows official Discover Sailing Ambassador. Cayard will also skipper the IACC yacht, Il Moro di Venezia, as part of an exhibition event during Pacific Sail Expo. Additionally, Cayard will make a public and press appearance on Thursday April 18, at the show. Pacific Sail Expo takes place in Oakland, California, April 17-21, 2002.
Cayard, a San Francisco Bay Area native, was the first American skipper to win the prestigious Whitbread Round the World Race, in 1998, on EF Language. He is a six-time world champion of sailing and a five-time Americas Cup veteran. Internationally, Cayard is known for leading the Italian Americas Cup team, Il Moro di Venezia, to the Americas Cup in 1992. As manager and skipper of the Il Moro di Venezia syndicate, Cayard captured the Louis Vuitton Cup, winning the right to race for the Americas Cup finals.
He has participated in the Americas Cup since 1983, when he was sail trimmer for the late Tom Blackaller aboard the 12-meter Defender. Cayard sailed again with Blackaller as tactician in 1987 aboard the USA. In 1995, Cayard was helmsman aboard Stars & Stripes when he raced in the finals of this prestigious event for the second time in a row. In 2000, Cayard skippered the San Francisco based team AmericaOne to the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup. AmericaOne was the top American team in 2000. In 1998, Cayard was named Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year. Other honors include Yachting magazines Yachtsman of the Year 1991 Racing Honor Roll and Yachtsman of the Year by Rothmans in 1992.
“I am honored to be involved with Pacific Sail Expo and their annual show that brings the exciting sport of sailing to the public,” said Cayard. “I was born and raised in San Francisco and through 35 years of sailing on our great bay, I learned skills that have given me a satisfying the career and a wealth of experiences. I am looking forward to sharing some of that with the public on April 17 and 18.”
For more details on Pacific Sail Exp, call Sail America at 800-817-7245 or visit the Sail America website, www.sailamerica.com.