Paul Cayard named Star Class President
Published on October 16th, 2023
The International Star Class Yacht Racing Association has selected Paul Cayard to perform the duties of the Star Class President through 2025. Cayard advances into the position following the resignation by Tom Londrigan as president in October 2023.
Cayard began sailing Stars in 1977 and has served as the International Vice President – Western Hemisphere since 2020. Well known to many in the Star Class, he competed in his first World Championship as crew, finishing 4th in 1978, then as skipper in 1984 finishing 3rd and winning the Star Worlds in 1988 in Buenos Aires.
He’s a 10-time Silver Star winner, 2-time Olympian, 7-time America’s Cup sailor, and winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup and Whitbread Round the World race. In addition, Cayard is a member of the US Sailing Hall of Fame, and a Rolex Ambassador. He is a dual citizen of France and the United States and speaks 3 languages.
During his term as president, Londrigan renewed the focus on U30 sailors with reduced fees and housing at several events, created partnerships with SLAM and Robline to benefit members, added a borrowed boat insurance program for US regattas, oversaw the commemorative book on 100 Years of Star Worlds, and the use of special sail numbers at the 100th Worlds in 2022 to honor past World Champions.