LeSueur built his first multihull,
a 16ft Mosquito catamaran, while at high school. After
graduating from Melbourne University in Medicine, he
purchased and moved aboard a 35' Hedley Nicol 'Wanderer'
learn as much about multihull sailing he decided to compete
in the two-handed Bicentennial Around Australia Yacht Race.
adventure he attained the then fastest offshore racing
in Australia - a 37ft Crowther Super Shockwave named
preparation he raced D Flawless in many Southern Ocean
races and eventually to New Zealand in the Two-handed
Trans Tasman Challenge. During this 1000 nautical mile race
D Flawless, LeSueur and
his 21 year old crew Catherine Reed, survived a hammering
from Cyclone Bola, sailing though the eye to complete
the race and gain the 'best competitors' trophy.
route back to Australia two months later D Flawless struck
a whale while
surfing downwind at night. The subsequent
liferaft story, and his earlier adventures at sea
and on land are detailed in LeSueur's first
days of rescue Gavin and Catherine were fortunate enough
to be offered the use of another catamaran,
a Crowther 40ft shorthanded racer named 'John West'. Aboard
John West, Gavin and Catherine competed in the two-handed Around
Race. This marathon, hailed as the toughest coastal race
in the world, encompassed more than eight thousand
miles of hazards.
tidal currents around tropical reefs in blistering conditions
the track with sleet, snow and blinding storms
in the notorious roaring forties of the Southern Ocean. Gavin's
story of the Around Australia Race and the drama
behind the multihulls that both capsized and survived, is told
in his second book, 'The Line'.
the Around Australia Race, Gavin LeSueur has continued the
multihull experience. He continued to race and cruise 'John
West' (re-named 'Windswept') for seven years. After this
he lived aboard 'Magic Happens' (12m Hitchiker Catamaran)
cruised the South Pacific with his growing family.
returning to Australia the Le Sueur family upgraded to a
14m Catana Catamaran 'Chaotic Harmony' and returned to the
Pacific for three years. Back in Australia they raced 'Chaotic
Harmony' and saw the enthusiasm in their children.
selling the Catana they bought 'Top Gun' (15m Crowther racing
catamaran) in the Philippines, sailing her home two handing
with the plan to campaign her with the eventual goal of racing
a personal level, LeSueur was once told that if he ever found
the perfect crew he should marry them. He did, and now Catherine
and their three children (Estelle, Baden and Fletcher) live
the multihull lifestyle.
not campainging Top Gun (aka eDoc.net)
LeSueur races an off the beach catamaran and kitesurfs for
exercise. He takes every opportunity to sail aboard the many
catamarans and trimarans in North Queensland and his experience
ranges from crusing on the latest trailertri to Three Peaks
racing on large offshore cataramans.
blog of their family adventures can be found at www.multihullbooks.com/news/ and
Estelle's at www.sailorestelle.blogspot.com
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