SIGHTINGS interview with paul cayard Paul Cayard has packed a lot into his 47 years — two Olympics, two round-the-world races, and five America’s Cup campaigns, not to mention several world championships. It goes without saying that the Kentfield resident is one of the most successful products of the Bay Area racing scene. So when he came back into town for a brief stopover in March, we thought it was high time to check in with him and see what he’s up to now. No surprise that he has plenty on his plate. Months after returning from the Volvo Ocean Race last summer (he headed the Disneysponsored Pirates of the Carribean campaign, which finished second despite numerous challenges), Cayard and fellow sailing legend Russell Coutts officially announced their plans to start the World Sailing League, a 12-boat, 8-stop professional racing tour for 70-ft catamarans. Meanwhile, he was drafted by Desafío Español to help them prepare for their bid in the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia this spring. And in the midst of all this, he lends his name and time to several sailing foundations on the Bay. continued on outside column of next sightings page
SANDY COLLISON / BLACK PEARL RACING
Even though Cayard’s team finished second in last year’s Volvo Ocean Race, he feels it was much more rewarding than his win aboard ‘EF Language’ in 1998.
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textmarks Never mind that trusty, and usually waterlogged, tide book. There’s a new free tool in town for getting tide, current, and even wind conditions at several spots around the Bay. Meet TextMarks. By sending a text message to 41411 from your cell phone with a specific keyword (“sftides” for upcoming tidal info, “sfcurrents” for max and slack currents, “aiwind” for the current and recent wind conditions at Angel Island, or “ggwind” for similar conditions at the Golden Gate), you can instantly have the info at your fingertips. When we tried it the other day, we had a reply faster than we could say “Where’s my tide book?” The service is the brainchild of San Francisco J/105 and Laser sailor Ariel
The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.