Paul Cayard Q & A
Paul Cayard, skipper of the AmericaOne Challenge, is competing in one of the most demanding events there is: The Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy.
Yet he carries with him an additional responsibility: He's also the head of an America's Cup campaign. It's no easy task juggling the demands of both. On the eve of the Whitbread Race, he answered the questions that are on many people's minds.
Q. You are leaving shortly for the Whitbread Race with Team EF. What are your thoughts on this?
A. For me, the Whitbread is a new adventure. I have learned more new things about sailing in the last nine months than I have in the last 10 years.
We have a good mix of Whitbread experience and short-course racing specialists on EF Language. On paper, I would not expect EF Language to be ranked as favorites due the fact that neither myself or Mark Rudiger, our navigator, have competed in the race before. But that doesn't change my expectations.
Q. How does the Whitbread Race enhance your America's Cup campaign?
A. The Whitbread helps my America's Cup campaign in the following ways:
- I am competing in a "prime time" event in the sport of sailing. That is what I do. The corporate partners of AmericaOne will be better served in 1999-2000 if Paul Cayard is more familiar to the general public.
- Several of the AmericaOne crew, along with the sail designer and meteorologist are part of my Whitbread campaign.
- Doing the Whitbread may lead to earlier corporate sponsorship of AmericaOne.
Q. How will you manage your America's Cup campaign while you are racing around the world?
A. AmericaOne has two main activities today: design research and marketing. Bruce Nelson is responsible for the design program and Andy Dolich, a 25-year veteran of sports marketing, is responsible for selling AmericaOne.
Q. What significant progress has AmericaOne made with its campaign to date?
A. The significant milestones for AmericaOne since inception are:
- Starting early March, 1996.
- Raising $3.5 million from private donors.
- Raising $3 million of in-kind services.
- Completing a design team of 14 by November, 1996.
- Completing our first round of wind tunnel and towing tank testing during the summer of 1997.
- Purchasing our training boat and sailing all summer during 1997
- Cayard winning two of the three Grand Prix match-racing events he entered in the last nine months. The two wins were, conveniently, Auckland and San Francisco.
- John Kostecki, tactician for AmericaOne, winning two world championships in last nine months.
- Cayard skippering a boat, with many of his America's Cup team, in the other prime-time event in the sport of sailing.
Q. What key sailors are part of the AmericaOne team already and what are their roles?
A. AmericaOne will start crew selection in September, 1998, and training the winter of 1998 and 1999 in Auckland. The training will continue in San Francisco in the summer of 1999 and then, of course, in Auckland in October, 1999.
Key sailors already involved in AmericaOne are:
- Paul Cayard - Skipper
- John Kostecki - Tactician
- Bruce Nelson - Mainsheet or navigator
- Steve Erickson - Trimmer
- Josh Belski - Trimmer/Pit
- Kimo Worthington - Trimmer
- Curtis Blewett - Bow
- Greg Prussia - Olive oil manager
Paul Cayard and the other AmericaOne team members will be happy to answer your questions about the syndicate and their campaign for the 2000 America's Cup. Please e-mail your questions to AmericaOne Q&A <email@example.com>.
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