Perth, Australia (March 10th, 2017) – Some of Australia’s sailing legends will pit themselves against highly seasoned M32 sailors when the class holds its first M32 Series Western Australia event on Perth’s Swan River. Names like David Witt and Sean Langman are more usually associated with the Sydney to Hobart Race, or 18 Foot Skiffs racing than cutting edge catamarans.
Also in the mix for the Mounts Bay event on the Series are skippers more familiar to the class like Matt Jerwood and Måns Holmberg, who with their teams are trying to get in as many hours as possible on the boats in preparation for World Match Racing Tour events.
David Witt is a past winner of the coveted 18 Foot Skiff’s JJ Giltinan trophy, and has many Sydney to Hobart races under his belt, including steering Ragamuffin to second place. He is now working with a Hong Kong based team to put a Volvo Ocean Race campaign together.
Sean Langman most recently made the headlines by sailing the smallest and oldest boat in the Sydney to Hobart race, but in the past has sailed the classic offshore race in a wide variety of boats. He also holds the record for the fastest passage from Sydney to Hobart, which he achieved sailing his tri-maran in 2013.
Also joining the line up is Western Australian sailing legend Brett Burvill, who is no stranger to multi-hull boats, being the builder of Tornado catamarans amongst many other craft. Brett has many catamaran championships to his name, so could be a serious threat to the regular M32 teams.
Matt Jerwood and his Redline Racing team just missed out on a World Match Racing Tour Card this year, and so are keen to get as much time on the M32s as possible, in order to improve their skills. They are hoping to qualify for as many WMRT Championship level events as possible through competing in WMRT World Tour level events.
Sweden’s Måns Holmberg has had disappointing results in the two World Tour level events he has done so far in Australia, and must surely be eager to get as much time in the boats as possible.