The Yachts

Naval Group

Category Placing
IRC 39
IRC - Div 1 15
ORCi 29
ORCi - Div 2 10
Line Honours 11
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Led by Sean Langman, MD of Noakes Group and one of the nation’s best-known and most versatile sailors who has handled everything from 18-foot skiffs and 60ft trimarans to gaff-rigged classics and competed in 27 Hobarts. Naval Group is the former Moneypenny, the last RP65 to be built by McConaghy’s in Australia, launched in 2008 for American Jim Swartz who competed in the Newport Bermuda Race, among other events. For the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Naval Group’s crew is a mixture of French and Australian, including a number of RAN personnel. “Another year and a new challenge,” Langman said. “Representing Naval Group, the RP69 was chosen to provide a platform for French and Australian employees to demonstrate their ability to work as a team and achieve a respectable result.”


Competitor Details

Name Naval Group
Sail Number AUS1
Owner Sean Langman
Skipper Sean Langman (27)
Navigator Murray Spence (18)
Crew Josh Alexander (18), Shaun McKnight (9), Lee Goddard (3), Herve Guillou (1), Antoine Caillaud, Diane Roy, Edward Bramich, Gaetan Bourdeaux, James Wilkes, Steven Patriarca, Tabitha Stevenson, Tori Costello, Jean-Francois Lucas, Jerome Vol, Luc Remont, Siobhan Byrne
State NSW
Type Reichel Pugh 65
Designer Reichel Pugh
Builder McConaghy Boats
Construction Composite
LOA 21.5
Beam 4.8
Draft 4.8