Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon is also a sailor with a link to the LBSC.

by

John Woollatt, Wednesday, 2 February 2011

 Largs Bay Sailing Club

Australian of the Year 2011, Simon McKeon is also a Sailor
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Did you know that, while new Australian of the Year Simon McKeon is a prominent investment banker and has won his award for his philanthropic works, he is also a world record-breaking yachtsman and one of the founding sponsors of the Australian sailing team?

Simon also has a link to the Largs Bay Sailing Club - Does anyone remember Tim Daddo, our famous cat sailor?


Together with Tim Daddo (a past member of the Largs Bay SC), Simon made history in 1993 sailing the Lindsay Cunningham designed craft, "Yellow Pages" when they set a 500-metre world sailing speed record of 46.52 knots that lasted eleven years.

In 1994 they started on the build of the boat called Macquarie Innovation. It took them a long time, but in November 2008 they did a 500-metre run at 48.14 knots, claiming a class 'C' world speed record.

Then in March 2009, they lifted their own 'C' class record to 50.43, achieving it in the same waters as their previous record, at the Sandy Point speed course near Wilson's Promontory in Victoria. This was just a whisker outside the outright speed record of 50.57 knots, held by kite boarder Alexandre Caizerques.


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