US Sailing has announced that Paul Cayard will be the new Executive Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. Cayard, best known for his seven America's Cup campaigns, has also been heavily involved in Olympic Sailing as a two-time Olympian in 1984 and 2004. He finished fifth in the Star class at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. He is also a seven-time world champion and the first American to win the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1998. That same year he was selected as the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and in 2011 he was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
“We are thrilled to be making this announcement today that Paul Cayard will be taking the lead of the US Sailing Team and our Olympic Sailing program,” said Cory Sertl, President of US Sailing. “Paul’s passion for Olympic Sailing and his drive for excellence has inspired American sailors for decades, both on and off the racecourse. His strong leadership skills and experiences, combined with his energy and enthusiasm, will be a tremendous asset to the program. We look forward to working closely with Paul as we prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Games and we believe in his vision for our future as we look ahead to Paris 2024 and LA 2028.
For his part, Cayard said “My contributions will be in painting the vision, leading the execution of that vision and garnering support for that vision. I will promote a culture of excellence, commitment, dedication, teamwork, professionalism and ultimately, satisfaction.”
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