Paul Cayard - Part 1

In Rio Andy Rice discovered the round the world and America's Cup guru has a strong view on almost everything sailing related
It must be a strange feeling for Paul Cayard not to be master of his own destiny. Sidelined from the Oracle Racing America's Cup syndicate for reasons that are not obvious even to him, the multi-talented professional yachtsman has been spending some down time with his family in San Francisco. Not a bad way to be earning a living for some, but Cayard thrives on challenge. He jumped at the chance to get back into the Volvo Ocean Race, although he did have to get Oracle boss Larry Ellison's say-so first. "I'm an employee of Oracle and I was given permission to do this leg." For Cayard, this was the dream leg. While many of the hardened ocean sailors were saying "Never again!" as they hurtled through the unexpected iceberg alley of leg 4, the temporary tactician aboard Amer Sports One was loving every minute of it. He doesn't understand how anyone could feel any other way. "A lot of the people go in this race and almost resent it - the discomforts, the cold, the damp clothes. Me, both times I've done this, I hardly notice that stuff. When I get on deck and the waves are just huge, and the boat's just flying, it's awesome. I guess I appreciate the machine. I grew up sailing dinghies as a kid, which plane nearly all the time, and this is a boat that you can take long distances and get the same sporting senstations that you have when you're a kid. I look at three weeks and say it's a flash, it's a nanosecond, for all the experiences you get in that time." Asked what his favourite moment was, Cayard has no hesitation in replying: "There was one wave in particular we took on that was just goddam huge.