A solid start to the ‘23 season for Langley’s Gladiator sailing team.

Podium finish for revamped team in St Tropez inaugural regatta.

The Langley Holdings revamped Gladiator sailing team made a solid start to the 2023 TP52 Super Series in St Tropez, May 3-7, finishing third overall in the eleven boat fleet.

Eleven boats from seven different countries entered the arena on the waters off St Tropez (often called “the jewel of the French Riviera”) for the first of five contests in this, the pinnacle of monohull yacht racing.

St Tropez: “Jewel of the French Riviera”

The team finished third in three of the eight races and were first in the final race on Sunday to complete the event on equal points with Quantum Racing - Powered by American Magic. The American boat took second place in the regatta on count back. First place went to the Turkish team, Provezza.

The Gladiator team has struggled to find consistent form in previous years. St Tropez was the first podium finish since 2017, when the Langley Holdings sponsored team tied on equal points for first place in Mahon, placing them second on count back.

Tony Langley has made radical changes to the team this season: five of the thirteen race crew are new, himself swapping from helmsman to the tactician role and bringing in four times series winning Argentinian helm Guille Parada to drive.

“Already we are seeing a marked difference in performance with the changes made for this season and with the work the shore crew have done over the winter to improve the boat” says Langley. “It’s early days but we are off to a good start”.

Next up, the Gladiator goes to Scarlino, in Italy, for the second bout of the TP52 Super Series, May 30 - June 3.

About Team Gladiator
Gladiator Sailing Team is one of 11 teams from 7 different countries competing in the 2023 TP 52 Super Series, the world's premier mono hull yacht racing circuit. In common with Langley businesses, the TP52 Super Series represents the very best technology in its field, attracts highly talented people and is conducted with the highest standards of integrity.

About Langley Holdings
Langley Holdings plc is a privately owned UK based engineering and industrial manufacturing group, principally producing capital equipment to diverse markets worldwide. Langley businesses are either outright market leaders, or occupy strong niche positions in their respective fields, providing advanced technologies in a solutions-based approach. The group operates in three principal areas: Power Solutions,  Print Technologies and Other Industrials. The group’s operations are based in Germany, Italy, France the UK and Norway, with 18 production facilities in Europe, the UK and the USA. The group more has more than 90 sales and service subsidiaries worldwide and employs around 5,300 people.  Langley Holdings was established in 1975 by the current Chairman & CEO, Anthony Langley and remains entirely in family ownership.