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Catch Up Chat: Aussies Can’t Wait for NYC

18 JUNE 2019News
  • Australia

“Looking forward to racing in one of the best cities in the world” - Kyle Langford, Wing Trimmer

Just shy of two months ago, we saw the Australia SailGP Team take home yet another impressive SailGP event win in San Francisco Bay. The winner’s high of San Francisco may have left the air, but the desire to win is starting to boil for Australia SailGP Team.

Most of the team has competed on the Hudson River during the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York, yet for Flight Controller, Jason Waterhouse, this is his first time hitting the waters of NYC.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the hustle of the New York City streets, but mostly looking forward to seeing the place from the water. It will definitely be an epic backdrop.”

The team’s been enjoying some much needed R&R, yet always keeping themselves in the game. Helm, Tom Slingsby, has most recently competed in both the RC44 Cup for Team Nika and Etchells Australasian Championships on Magpie, while ensuring he makes time for his favorite fan, bulldog Nala. Reserve and team MVP for San Francisco, Kinley Fowler, has also been hitting the water competing with Maxi 77 Jethou in both the Rolex Capri Sailing Week and Rolex Giraglia Sailing Week. Fowler has has been spending time with a loved one, whom he’ll get to meet in-person pretty soon. Baby Fowler is expected straight after New York, and Kinley cannot wait to meet them!

Grinders Sam Newton and Ky Hurst have been nursing their San Francisco battle wounds after taking a slightly nasty spill into the pedestal during a crash in Race 4. Both have fully recovered from their minor injuries, and are ready for to see the Manhattan skyline once again. Ky Hurst recalls a team bonding experience during his time with Oracle Team USA, in which the guys dressed as penguins for Halloween and invaded the city streets. “It was by far the funniest night of my life,” laughs Hurst.

Wing trimmer, Kyle Langford, has also done a bit of sailing professionally competing in the 52 Superseries aboard Gladiator. He’s also been up to his old tricks tinkering with his pride and joy: the Moth dinghy.

The team looks to New York SailGP with the same electric energy that this iconic city radiates. New York can be a tough place on and off the water, but Australia SailGP Team is up for the challenge.