Langford always had sailing bug
While most athletes who reach the pinnacle of their sport are known for their commitment, Kyle Langford, the Oracle Team USA wing trimmer, has taken that philosophy to a new level.
Langford says that for as long as he can remember he wanted to be a professional sailor. So much so that he had no back-up plan.
“I started sailing when I was about four years old,” he said. “I’ve got an older brother and an older sister and my parents were both into sailing, so I just jumped into it.
“I’ve always wanted to be a sailor. When I was 15 I did my first big international competition which was the Youth World Championships and from there I really got the bug for it and wanted to compete. I’ve been very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to get to where I am now.”
This is Langford’s second America’s Cup after he was pressed into service as a late substitute in the 2013 America’s Cup, which Oracle Team USA won, 9-8.
“As a wing trimmer, I’m kind of in charge of the boat speed. If we’re too slow, it’s on me to make a change to the set up so that we can hit our target speed.”
When he’s not sailing with Oracle Team USA, Langford is, sailing,
“I love all types of sailing. I do a lot of Moth sailing, it’s perfect to do in Bermuda. But I really don’t mind any type of sailing. I love it all.”