A couple of weeks back, Cam Lewis was in Rome, greeting the world’s press as the friendly face of the new America’s Cup. His love of multihulls is well known, but now the multiple circumnavigator, world champion dingy sailor and America’s Cup veteran has announced his involvement in the SpeedDream project as skipper.
Cam is often considered a multihull sailor because his most spectacular victories happened aboard catamarans – he was a key crewmember on board Dennis Connor’s victorious Stars and Stripes catamaran during the 1988 America’s Cup. Cam was the only American aboard the Commodore Explorer, the catamaran that in 1993 broke the mythical 80-day around-the-world record to become the first holder of the coveted Trophée Jules Verne. In The Race, the ultimate around-the-world sailing competition among unrestricted multihulls that took place in 2000, Cam Lewis’ 110 ft catamaran Team Adventure was arguably the fastest boat in the fleet and only serious damages pushed his team into third place.
“My mantra in life is to sail fast boats fast, in any waters, as often as possible. As it happened multihulls have for decades dominated high performance ocean sailing but when I was first introduced to the SpeedDream project I instantly saw the huge potential of its design concept. For me, the SpeedDream challenge is not only an attempt to prove that monohulls can compete on an even keel with multihulls. It is rather an alternative way of sailing faster, of pushing the boundaries of performance ever higher.
Reaching 40 knots on a catamaran in the middle of the ocean was an intense and unforgettable experience. To sail at 40+ knots on a monohull would be absolutely awesome. I simply cannot miss the chance to take part in this extraordinary adventure.”
Cam Lewis will play an active role in helping develop the practical aspects of SpeedDream working the designers and engineers to create an on-deck and below-deck environment that is safe and practical for the crew in all conditions.
“The SpeedDream project is all about speed, innovation and going places as fast as possible and doing it in the most efficient way, with minimal impact on the environment. I am thrilled to be named the captain of SpeedDream and will do all I can to help Vlad Murnikov and his team to fulfill this fantastic dream.”