The Team


The challenging 119 nautical mile PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Devonport Wharf, Auckland to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand’s premier fleet yacht race and has been held annually on the Labour Day weekend since its inception in 1982.

For the Coastal Classic, Team Australia will retain the record hardened crew from its Noakes North Sydney base consisting of Sean Langman, Skipper; Josh Alexander, Boat Captain; James Ogilvie; Peter Langman; and Andrew Woodward. Joining Team Australia for the sprint to Russell will be three highly respected international yachtsman, Mike Sanderson, Chris Salthouse and Phil Jameson.

A strong multihull fleet will be on the start line, including Simon Hull’s New Zealand based ORMA 60, TeamVodafoneSailing that set a race record of 5 hours, 41 minutes and 44 seconds in the 2012 Coastal Classic. The race between these two multihull giants will be both enthralling and spectacular.


Sean Langman – Skipper


Sean has spent his life around boats and enjoys a high profile among the sailing community.

From early childhood Sean dreamed of boats – and how to make them go fast. His first boat was a makeshift tub with a bed-sheet that he steered across the local pond.

Sean started demonstrating his sailing prowess at a young age and over the years has developed into one of Australia’s most competitive sailors in all manner of boat, 49er, 18 foot skiff, mini-maxis, maxi yachts, and now the ORMA 60 Team Australia.

He is one of the country’s most recognised yachtsmen with 23 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races under his belt, including skipper of maxis AAPT, Grundig and Investec Loyal. He also carries a fierce passion for wooden boats and their restoration, which has seen him take on Bass Strait in the smallest and oldest in the Sydney Hobart fleet and his pride, the 1932-built Maluka.

Recently Sean has become a champion for multihulls in Australia and as well as setting world speed records with Team Australia he’s taking up invites to compete alongside the monohull fleet in most of the country’s key yachting races and regattas.

Currently Team Australia holds the fastest passage time from Sydney to Hobart and a number of Northern Hemisphere marks as Banque Populaire V.

Away from ocean racing and world speed attempts, Sean is the Managing Director of Noakes Group working out of Noakes North Sydney, an established full service boat and shipyard. He is responsible for a number of other related operations within the Group including Rosman Cruises, Deckhouse and The Kermandie on the Huon River, Tasmania.

Through his business and sailing Sean finds ongoing opportunities to support youth development.

Josh Alexander – Boat Captain / Navigator


Josh, a highly experienced yachtsman and marine composite engineer, works with Sean Langman as a yacht rigging specialist at Noakes North Sydney.

Josh has competed in one Volvo Ocean Race, 11 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races and numerous high profile international campaigns. Josh is the project engineer for the Wot Rocket 500 metre world sailing speed record project. He’s also been boat captain on the 100 footer Loyal and will again be joining Sean as boat captain and navigator on Team Australia for its Trans-Tasman record attempt.

James Ogilvie – Helm / Mainsail Trimmer


James, a qualified mast maker and rigger, has been working as a project engineer for the past 12 years in the petroleum industry for Shell and BP. He is currently the International Formula 18 Vice President. James has had extensive high performance and offshore sailing experience including six Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races.

Peter Langman – Bowman / Trimmer


Peter has been around boats all of his life and sailing since the age of four. As an 18 year-old Peter skippered Maluka in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, finishing as the youngest skipper. He also contested the 2012 race and has an impressive 10,000 sea miles to his credit.

Currently Peter is racing an F18 catamaran and working as a shipwright at Noakes North Sydney.

Andrew Woodward – Grinder


At 15 Andy achieved his General Purpose Hand certificate, and was the youngest person at the time to complete the trade qualification. He joined Noakes North Sydney in 2008 where he works mainly as a highly skilled travel lift operator.

His sailing path began in 2006 with timber dinghies raced out of the Balmain Sailing Club. Recently he sailed contested the CYCA Winter Series with co-worker Shaun McKnight, the pair taking out Division H honours.

Ben Kelly – Helm / Trimmer


Brisbane-based Ben Kelly is a multihull specialist and no stranger to setting records having sailed on the Crowther 50 catamaran Raw Nerve. He brings plenty of trimming and helming talent and experience to Team Australia’s crew and being an accomplished sailmaker may come in handy.