LUDDE INGVALL | SKIPPER

There are not many sailors who have won two of the most prestigious ocean races in the world, the Fastnet Race and the Sydney to Hobart in Australia. Ludde Ingvall has won each, twice, including leading the super maxi Nicorette VI first across the finishing line in the 2004 Sydney Hobart.

Originally from Helsinki, Finland, Ludde now lives in Sydney. He started sailing when he was still a boy, having built his first dinghy in the family garage with his father. He progressed into highly competitive sailing classes like the Flying Junior, 420 and 505, before getting a taste for ocean racing.

 Ludde left his native Finland, the last country in the world to run clipper ships commercially, and headed for Cape Town, South Africa, where he studied at university and furthered his sailing career.

Then in 1985 he sailed his first Whitbread Round the World Race, joining the US boat Atlantic Privateer as a member of the crew and project manager from that project's inception. They were dismasted on the first leg of the race from Portsmouth to Cape Town, and despite setting up a jury rig, were eventually forced to retire from that leg of the race.

Atlantic Privateer went on to be the first boat into Auckland at the end of the second leg. In those early days, to have a result in the Round the World Race, you had to have completed the entire course, so retirement from one leg of the race ended any chance of an overall race result.

Ludde was back in the 1989/90 Whitbread race, this time skippering his own boat, sponsored by United Bank of Finland (UBF). Dismasting was again to strike Ludde, this time on the third leg from Fremantle to Auckland, but he and his crew managed to finish the leg under jury rig.

The first major race win came for Ludde in the 1995 Rolex Fastnet race, where he sailed his boat Nicorette to line honours and handicap victory with what is the biggest winning margin in the race’s history. 

The Nicorette team finished over 24 hours ahead of the next maxi yacht.

In 1997 Ludde blasted across the Atlantic Ocean in Nicorette to establish a new mono-hull record for the traditional crossing from New York’s Sandy Hook to the Lizard Point on England’s south coast.

In the European summer of 1997 The Nicorette team became Ericsson Maxi One Design (MOD) world champions and in 1999, sponsored by Skandia, the Big Boat Racing Team repeated the feat by winning the ‘Adecco MOD World Championship’.

For Ludde the wins in the Maxi One Design class were particularly satisfying as all boats were identical and the other seven teams were all sailed by some of the best offshore yachtsmen of our time.

Next came Ludde’s assault on the Southern Hemisphere’s most famous race, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart. He built the new water ballasted Nicorette V and brought her down-under in 2000 to have a go at the yacht race that stops a nation. Sailing under a Swedish sail number he won line honours.

His years of living in South Africa had obviously got the Southern Hemisphere lifestyle into his blood, and he decided to base himself and his family in Sydney. It is not surprising that the pull of the race south on Boxing Day would get the better of him again with it right there in his own back yard.

In 2001, he took on the Sydney Hobart again, encountering a twister that engulfed the boat and pounded it with hail the size of golf balls. Despite severe damage to the mainsail, the crew continued on and finished the race, overtaking 14 other boats to finish an impressive second place.

Ludde and the new canting keel Supermaxi Nicorette VI lined up again on the Sydney harbour starting line again on Boxing Day 2004, this time he was first across the finishing line at Battery Point in Hobart, and second on handicap.

These are just the highlights of an inspirational sailing career that has spanned about four decades. This, however, is just the sailing side of Ludde’s career, but to put together sailing campaigns of this magnitude one has to be successful in business as well as a good skipper.

To gain a sponsor and keep them for as long as Nicorette stayed with Ludde requires a whole range of skills that have nothing to do with sailing. Other sponsors he has worked with include Audi, Nokia, Sony, Skandia, Apple, Ericsson and Volvo, and his time with Nicorette is featured in the world renowned book “Superbrands”.


PERMANENT CREW

SIR MICHAEL HINTZE (AU) | CO-SKIPPER and SPONSOR

SIR MICHAEL HINTZE (AU) | CO-SKIPPER and SPONSOR

MICHAEL RUMMEL (UK)

MICHAEL RUMMEL (UK)

CHARLIE EGERTON-WARBURTON (UK)

CHARLIE EGERTON-WARBURTON (UK)

MALCOLM PAINE (NZ)

MALCOLM PAINE (NZ)

TONY LONG (NZ)

TONY LONG (NZ)

LOGAN ANDRESEN (NZ)

LOGAN ANDRESEN (NZ)

JAMES ESPEY (IRE)

JAMES ESPEY (IRE)

ALAN TURNER (NZ)

ALAN TURNER (NZ)


RACE CREW

MIKKO BRUMMER (FINNISH)

MIKKO BRUMMER (FINNISH)

RODNEY KEENAN (NZ) | WATCH CAPTAIN

RODNEY KEENAN (NZ) | WATCH CAPTAIN

CHRIS DICKSON (NZ) | WATCH CAPTAIN

CHRIS DICKSON (NZ) | WATCH CAPTAIN

DAVID WOOD (NZ)

DAVID WOOD (NZ)

ADAM BARTLETT (NZ) | MEDICAL OFFICER

ADAM BARTLETT (NZ) | MEDICAL OFFICER

CHRIS MAIN (NZ) | WATCH CAPTAIN

CHRIS MAIN (NZ) | WATCH CAPTAIN

CHRIS SKINNER (NZ)

CHRIS SKINNER (NZ)

HENRIK THELEN (FINNISH)

HENRIK THELEN (FINNISH)

DAVID WARD (AU)

DAVID WARD (AU)

SCOTT DISLEY (AU)

SCOTT DISLEY (AU)

MARTYN BAKER (NZ)

MARTYN BAKER (NZ)

MARKUS ROSHIER (FINNISH)

MARKUS ROSHIER (FINNISH)

LUCAS CHAPMAN (AU)

LUCAS CHAPMAN (AU)

ANT CROSSAN (NZ)

ANT CROSSAN (NZ)

SIMON MINOPRIO (NZ)

SIMON MINOPRIO (NZ)

JO ALEH (NZ)

JO ALEH (NZ)

RON CREEVEY (AU)

RON CREEVEY (AU)

OLA ASTRADSSON | PROJECT MANAGER (SWE)

OLA ASTRADSSON | PROJECT MANAGER (SWE)

HJALLIS HARKIMO (FINNISH)

HJALLIS HARKIMO (FINNISH)

JONAS WACKENHUTH (SWE)

JONAS WACKENHUTH (SWE)

MICHAEL WOLONTIS (FINNISH)

MICHAEL WOLONTIS (FINNISH)

MORGAN WHITE (AU)

MORGAN WHITE (AU)

MARTIN KIRTE (SWE)

MARTIN KIRTE (SWE)

PAR MICKOS (FINNISH)

PAR MICKOS (FINNISH)

THOMAS HALLBERG (SWE)

THOMAS HALLBERG (SWE)

JOHAN ELZVIK (SWE)

JOHAN ELZVIK (SWE)

JUSSI HINTIKKA (FINNISH)

JUSSI HINTIKKA (FINNISH)

NIC FARADAY (SA)

NIC FARADAY (SA)

SCOTT STEARNS (USA)

SCOTT STEARNS (USA)

ROWAN WALTERS

ROWAN WALTERS

ANDREAS AXELSSON (SWE)

ANDREAS AXELSSON (SWE)

LUKE DEEGAN (NZ)

LUKE DEEGAN (NZ)

ROKAS MILEVICIUS (LTU)

ROKAS MILEVICIUS (LTU)

KENNETH THELEN (FINNISH)

KENNETH THELEN (FINNISH)

 JAMES OXENHAM (UK)

 JAMES OXENHAM (UK)

JAMES GALE | NAVIGATOR (NZ)

JAMES GALE | NAVIGATOR (NZ)

BRIAN CLARKE (NZ)

BRIAN CLARKE (NZ)

ROBIN ELSEY (UK)

ROBIN ELSEY (UK)

RICHARD BEARDA (NZ)

RICHARD BEARDA (NZ)

DIRK KRUGER (USA)

DIRK KRUGER (USA)

 JENNY TULLOCH (USA)

 JENNY TULLOCH (USA)

PHILLIP MAXWELL (NZ)

PHILLIP MAXWELL (NZ)

LIAM GARDNER (UK)

LIAM GARDNER (UK)

KALLE COSTER (NLD)| NAVIGATOR

KALLE COSTER (NLD)| NAVIGATOR

 

UNPICTURED CREW:

MATTS WINDGREN (FINNISH)

LASSE INGVALL (FINNISH)

MAREK HINTZE (FINNISH)

PER JOHSSON (SWE)