Greg and Hannes Leonard make up the core father/son team living the dream of racing their Class 40 Kite.
Greg has many years and thousands of miles racing his J/120 Heron along the East Coast of the United States and back and forth to Bermuda. Racing in the Class 40 fleet with Kite marks a chance to up his game.
Hannes had almost no choice but to be a sailor. Born during the week between fall sailing season and frostbiting, he was already “taking the helm” at six months. He had his first ocean passage at 6, a Bermuda delivery at 8, and began racing in earnest with the Heron crew when he was ten-years-old. He embraces this new challenge with all the enthusiasm, curiosity, and strength of youth.
They are also joined by friends in England and the United States. In this first season, solo sailors Scott and Pippa Cavanough have generously offered their time and expertise in getting Kite ready for action. Scott (and hopefully Pippa) will race in the crewed races. In Hamble, Tim Rogers of TJ Marine and Jim Walker of JW Creations have provided technical and shore support.