AmericaOne PAUL CAYARD NAMED ROLEX YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Hutchinson Awarded Runner-Up For Numerous ChampionshipsNew York, NY, Feb. 5, 1999-- Paul Cayard, age 39, of San Francisco, California, was honored today as the 1998 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year at a ceremony held in the renowned Model Room at the New York Yacht Club. The annual designation -- administered since 1961 by US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport, and sponsored since 1980 by Rolex Watch U.S.A.-- recognizes outstanding on-the-water achievement in the calendar year just concluded.
Cayard, although previously nominated for the award, is a first-time winner. He was selected by a panel of distinguished sailing journalists in large part for becoming the first American skipper to win the world's most prestigious long-distance race, the Whitbread Round the World Race. More impressive, neither Cayard nor his team aboard the 60-foot EF Language had much previous experience in long-distance sailing. Working from a list of nominees determined by popular vote of US SAILING's membership, the panel also acknowledged Cayard and his EF Language team as having changed the face of the sport, bringing offshore racing to a broader public through a sophisticated communications network that continuously updated millions on EF Language's race progress.
"Racing around the planet and winning has been one of my biggest achievements," said Cayard. "It also has been the most unusual and exceptional sporting experience of my life. To be named the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year is something that I consider a great honor. It is a significant milestone for me personally and by receiving the Rolex award, I am reminded of the strong teamwork and support of the crew on EF Language. Winning is a team effort, and I thank my crew for their outstanding efforts and I thank Rolex for this honor!"
Cayard and his crew -- a mix of American and Swedish inshore sailing champions -- started the grueling 31,600-mile Whitbread competition in September of 1997. By the race's conclusion in May of 1998, the EF Language "offshore rookies" had dominated the international fleet, winning three of the competition's nine legs and finishing second on two of them. Of greater significance, the victory had been theirs mathematically before the start of the final leg from La Rochelle, France to Southampton, England. As one of the nine boats that completed the race, EF Language posted a total point score that topped the closest challenger by 138 points -- the largest victory margin ever claimed in the Whitbread's 25-year history.
Cayard's '98 record also includes claiming victory in the Whitbread 60 class at the ‘Round Gotland Race, winning the Iridium Pro-Am Match Race and finishing second at the Hawaii- Kenwood Cup and the San Francisco Big Boat Series, as tactician and helmsman, respectively, aboard the ID48 illbruck-PINTA.
Cayard is the CEO and skipper for St. Francis Yacht Club's AmericaOne challenge for the 2000 America's Cup. He is married to Ulrika "Icka" Cayard and has two children, Daniel, 10, and Alexandra, 8.
Hutchinson's Heat: Turned On
Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, Md., was the runner-up to Paul Cayard in the 1998 Rolex Yachtsman of theYear voting. Had Cayard not accomplished the amazing feat of winning the Whitbread Round the World Race, Hutchinson, a 30-year-old Quantum Sails representative, surely would have prevailed with his bullet-proof resume that showed both proficiency and versatility in more than a dozen major regattas. His victories as skipper included the J/24 World Championships and North Americans, Key West Race Week (IMS Overall and IMS Class 1) and the SORC (Mumm 36).
It has not escaped Cayard that Hutchinson is a huge talent, one that he'd rather have sailing with him than against him. Several months ago, the St. Francis Yacht Club America's Cup syndicate tapped Hutchinson to become a teammate aboard the Cayard-skippered AmericaOne.
Also nominated for Rolex Yachtsman of the Year were Vince Brun of San Diego, Calif., Paul Foerster of Garland, Texas, Jonathan and Charlie McKee of Seattle, Wash., John Ross-Duggan of Newport Beach, Calif., and Nick Trotman of Manchester, Mass.
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Editors Note: For additional information on Paul Cayard, Terry Hutchinson and America One please visit: http://www.ac2000.org. AmericaOne is the St. Francis Yacht Club’s challenger for America’s Cup XXX.
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or Ellen McGovern, Rolex Watch U.S.A., 212-758-7700
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