The American helmsman Paul Cayard has won the second edition of the Nations Cup by a 3-1 margin over the Australian Peter Gilmour.
Alongside Cayard, the other members of his team are: Peter Holberg, Eric Doyle, Bob Wylie, Phil Trinter, Brian Maclnnes, Mark McTeigue and Geordie Shaver. In the first regatta which started at 10 am with a light unstable breeze blowing, Cayard won by a 15 second margin over Gilmour. After winning the start, the helmsman of the Oracle racing team always maintained the lead accumulating a 37 second advantage at the second upwind mark. It was Gilmour however who won the second race by a distance of 1 minute and 20 seconds. It was the start that determined the success even on this race, and the helmsman of the One World team increased his lead at every mark.
Cayard on the third race after risking a penalty on the pre start, managed to get to the right hand side of the course, and after the first upwind mark gained a 26 second advantage and crossed the finish line 2 minutes and 30 seconds ahead. The last match was sailed with an even more shifty wind blowing. The Californian helmsman was in constant control over Gilmour and came in with a 4 minute advantage thus winning the Nations Cup. The name of Paul Cayard has now been added to the winner of the last edition of the Nations Cup in the year 2000 Russell Coutts. At the press conference all the teams included in the next Louis Vuitton Cup expressed their intention to return to Trieste next year, depending on their training programme. Cayard stated: 'We would like to come back to the Nations Cup, it is an extraordinary event in a beautiful city. If the dates co inside with our plans, and I'm sure that our friends from the Tutta Trieste organisation will do all in their power to see to it, we will return without doubt'. He went on to say ' It is obvious to say that winning is beautiful, but winning in Italy has even more significance, I am very attached to this country and the Italian fans very warm towards me'.
Paul Cayard is surely the most popular yachtsman in Italy after his experience beside Raul Gardini on the Moro di Venezia. Born 41 years ago in San Francisco and married with two children, he is now preparing for the next Americas' Cup. Winner of the 88' star world champion, queen in the Olympic class, the world Maxi yacht championship with Moro 3 in '99, the Louis Vuitton Cup in '92 with Moro, the Admirals Cup in '95, and on tactics on the Italian boat Brava Q8, and the last edition of the Volvo Ocean race, and skipper on EF language.
Nations' Cup Final Results
1) Oracle Racing 1. Paul Cayard(USA)
2) Oneworld 1. Peter Gilmour(AUS)
3) Oneworld 2. Kelvin Harrap(USA)
4) Slovenia M. Miitja Kosmina(SLO)