CEO & Skipper
CEO & Skipper, AmericaOne Paul Cayard 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 and a five time America's Cup veteran. Internationally, Cayard is known for leading the Italian America's Cup team, Il Moro di Venezia, to the America's Cup in 1992. As manager and skipper of the Il Moro di Venezia syndicate, Cayard won the first International America's Cup Class World Championship in 1991. The following spring, he captured the Louis Vuitton Cup, winning the right to race for the America's Cup finals. He has participated in the America's 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 the helmsman aboard Stars & Stripes when he raced in the finals of this prestigious event for the second time in a row.
In 1998 Cayard was named Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year. Other honors include Yachting magazine's "Yachtsman of the Year" 1991 Racing Honor Roll and "Yachtsman of the Year" by Rothmans in 1992.
Cayard graduated from San Francisco State University in 1981 with a degree in business management. He speaks three languages: English, French and Italian. He is a member of St. Francis Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club, and Yacht Club de Monaco. He began sailing in 1967.
America's Cup Participation
2000 AmericaOne (US, St. Francis Yacht Club)
1995 Stars and Stripes (US, San Diego Yacht Club)
1992 Il Moro di Venezia (Italy, Compania della Vela)
1987 USA (US, St. Francis Yacht Club)
1983 Defender (US, New York Yacht Club)
1999 Steinlager Cup
1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race, EF Language
1996 Steinlager Cup, ILC40 World Championship, BavaQ8
1995 Admiral's Cup, Brava
1995 Citizens Cup, Stars and Stripes
1992 Louis Vuitton Cup, Il Moro di Venizia
1991 50-foot World Championship, Abracadabra
1989 One Ton World Championship, Brava
1988 Star World Championship
1988 Maxi World Championship, Il Moro di Venezia III