Thursday, May 13, 2010

World champion sailor to skipper SpeedDream

Quest for the fastest monohull on the planet.
News Release #3 – 13th May, 2010
World champion sailor to skipper SpeedDream

Cam Lewis, multiple circumnavigator, world champion dingy sailor and America’s Cup veteran joins SpeedDream team as skipper Cam Lewis is one of the world’s renowned yachtsmen whose achievements range from twin Finn Gold Cups and 505 World Championships to Big Boat racing and offshore multihull record setting. He was a key crewmember on board Dennis Connor’s victorious Stars and Stripes catamaran when they decidedly beat the 90 ft super-monohull from New Zealand 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. Cam Lewis is often considered a multihull sailor because his most spectacular victories happened aboard catamarans, but his talent is for making
any boat go fast.

“My mantra in life is to sail fast boats fast, in any waters, as often as possible,” Cam said. “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.”

The SpeedDream Team believes that Cam Lewis’s racing skills, his abilities as team organizer and leader, his business expertise in putting together various successful projects as well as his talent in handling media and publicity will greatly benefit our venture and bring it eventually to a success.

Attached 3D renderings are by Tyler Doyle of Doyle Sailmakers -

For more information and to obtain the high-resolution images,
please contact SpeedDream Media -

Brian Hancock - Media Relations
Vlad Murnikov – Design Aspects