‘Hello Rob' said Sean, ‘We have just declared a Pan Pan. ‘
I said ‘Sean, Gee that is awful, so why are you calling me?'
‘We fell off a wave and have serious bow delamination and we have a lot of water coming in. But the boys have in under control, they are bailing hard and at the same time they are cutting up the bunks to wedge bunk mattresses into place to stop the water coming in and we are out of the race.
‘So I've called Amanda (Lulham from the Daily Telegraph) and now I am calling Sail-World.'
The point of that recollection is that Sean Langman has no peer when it comes to getting his message out to the media. He certainly knows how to look after his sponsors.
Maluka of Kermandie - Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2012 Crosbie Lorimer
Sailing at the front end of the fleet, with is 66 foot skiff on steroids, or at the back end of the fleet with the smallest Hobart boat Maluka of Kermandie, Sean has always been newsworthy and that has attracted some criticism from some jealous owners. The key factor that people often forget is that Sean and his crews are bloody good sailors as well as being good media communicators.
Sean Langman's ORMA60 Team Australia smashes the Sydney to Hobart passage record Jane Austin
His Orma 60 trimaran, Team Australia, is the fastest boat in the southern hemisphere, it clears away from the 100 foot monohulls any time it has runway and it now holds the Sydney to Hobart passage record, 29 hours 52 minutes; more than 12 hours inside the official race record.
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