10 year itch


Paul Cayard in Marstrand at the weekend
 

Paul Cayard in Marstrand at the weekend

James Boyd catches up with Paul Cayard to discuss his Olympic and America's Cup aspirations
Paul Cayard - Whitbread Round the World Race winner, five time world champion, five time America's Cup veteran - is 44 and says he's going through a mid-life crisis. Rather than buying a red sports car or taking to the oceans to do a Mini Transat campaign as some have, Cayard is dealing with this by seeing how age affects his performance in the Star. The Daily Sail caught up with the moustachioed one at the Swedish Match Cup in Marstrand over the weekend where he was once again crewing for Peter Holmberg's Team Pelle Petterson Yacht. With two America's Cup helms on board plus the highly experienced AC crewmen Jared Henderson, Mike Sanderson and Robbie Naismith, the team were race favourites until they were dispatched by Chris Law, in unbeatable form, in the semi-finals. Despite four out of five of the crew having been with Oracle in Auckland (Henderson was with Team New Zealand), Cayard stresses that the team has no ties to Oracle. "Peter and I won the Bermuda Gold Cup together a few years ago, so we talked about sailing together again here and in Bermuda again later in the year," he said. At the Bermuda Gold Cup the team will face almighty competition including the likes of Dean Barker and Russell Coutts. But this is merely a diversion. At present Cayard's main focus is on his Star campaign. "I’m 44 now. Percy and Freddie Loof are the same age I was when I won my Star Worlds and I was really fit and strong back then, so it is really fun to try to compete against these guys 18 years after. That’s my personal goal - when you size things up you always look at your strengths and weaknesses. Of course I’ve got 15-18 years more

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