Kyle Langford served as wing trimmer for the Australia SailGP Team in Season 1 that clinched the inaugural championship and US$1 million prize with a thrilling match race victory over the Japanese crew in Marseille.The Aussies founds themselves at the front of the pack throughout five events, winning the events in Sydney, San Francisco, Marseille and Cowes, where they became the first team to eclipse the 50 knot speed barrier in a race competition.
Langford and the entire crew return for Season 2 when they’ll look to repeat as SailGP champions, beginning with the first event of the campaign on Sydney Harbour in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
Langford grew up in Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, home of some of the country’s greatest sailors, and gave himself no other option but to join them as a world-class competitor. He had no back up plan, but knew he wanted to spend his life on the water and pursue a career in the sailing world.
Sailing has always been in his blood, as his father is an accomplished yachtsman, and he began to prove himself at the national and international levels when he was just a teenager. In 2005, he won the gold medal in the multihull class at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships in Korea and subsequently was voted Australian Youth Sailor of the Year in 2006.
In 2010, Langford claimed his first world title when his crew won the RC44 World Championships in the match racing portion of the competition.
His rise in the sport continued in 2013 when he was elevated from the chase team to the starting 11 with ORACLE TEAM USA just days before the 34th America’s Cup. Langford was the youngest sailor in the event at just 24 but was prepared for the moment and played an integral role in the crew’s comeback win in thrilling fashion. He reprised his role for the 2017 campaign in Bermuda, where he sailed alongside several of his Australia SailGP teammates.
Lanford has competed in the Extreme Sailing Series in 2011 with The Wave, Muscat and 2014 edition of the competition with Oman Sail. As he continued to develop across a variety of events and classes, he shifted his focus to offshore sailing and was a member of Team Bruenl in the 2017-2018 Volve Ocean Race, finishing in third.
When he’s not racing, Langford resides in Stockholm, Sweden where he practices his drone piloting skills, cycles or kitesurfs.