Paul Cayard airs his views

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The Artemis skipper on the Audi MedCup, the America's Cup and the Louis Vuitton Trophy
Paul Cayard was looking a little fried when we caught up with him at the Audi MedCup event in Marseille last week. In his role as skipper of Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis team, he had been away from his San Francisco home for eight straight weeks, taking in the first two events on the Audi Med Cup, the RC44 events in Austria and Denmark and of course the Louis Vuitton Trophy in La Maddalena. In addition to this he has also been busy in his no small task as Chairman of the World Sailing Teams Association (WSTA), the amalgamation of Cup teams that organises the Louis Vuitton Trophy series. Artemis came out of the Marseille event a disappointing 10th, after a couple of tricky days when Cayard says they lacked boat speed in the lumpy conditions off Marseille on one and made the wrong tactical choices in the tricky wind conditions on another. With the final two days of racing canned due to the Mistral, they were unable to redeem themselves. According to Cayard he doesn’t reckon there is a much different between the speed of the TP52 fleet racing on the Audi MedCup this year – something he was monitoring during this regatta - but is enjoying the result of the rule changes introduced for this season which sees the boats now featuring a more contemporary bowsprit and twin backstay arrangement and competing with less crew. For the Audi MedCup the Artemis set-up is somewhat unusual with owner Torbjorn Tornqvist helming the Artemis TP52 where Cayard calls tactics, while their America’s Cup helmsman, Terry Hutchinson, steers Quantum Racing. Thankfully while Artemis were off form in Marseille Hutchinson’s team won. Artemis TP52 racing in Cascais. Photo: Rick Tomlinson In terms of the bigger picture with Artemis, Cayard says that they are keeping the sailing team fairly consistent