Kyle Langford was thrust into the spotlight during the 34th America’s Cup when he took over as a rookie wing trimmer onboard the race boat just days before the first race. The youngest sailor in the event at age 24, Langford squared up to the challenge and was an integral part of ORACLE TEAM USA’s comeback win.
There’s a reason he wasn’t overwhelmed by the experience. Langford has been proving himself at the national and international levels since he was a teenager. He’s also done quite a bit of multihull sailing, and in 2005, he won the gold medal in the multihull class at the ISAF Youth World Championships. In 2006 he was voted Australian Youth Sailor of the Year.
Langford never thought he wouldn’t be a sailor, and says he didn’t have a back-up plan. He grew up sailing dinghies on Lake Macquarie and sailed full-time during his high school years. In 2005, he made the shift to multihulls for the 2005 Youth Worlds.
Between training sessions with ORACLE TEAM USA, Langford has honed his skills on the Extreme Sailing Series circuit. He’s also been getting re-acquainted with sailing above the water on his foiling kite board and foiling Moth.
Langford served as wing trimmer for all three Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series regattas on the 2015 schedule.