Matt Lawrence (26) and Matt Setton (31) have been sailing together for about 8 years, but both started sailing in their early teens. By the time they cross the start line, their combined age of 60 will be one of the youngest in the fleet.
Their Osaka plans began at the end of Jazz Player’s unsuccessful Sydney to Hobart campaign in 2012. On the delivery back to Melbourne, talk of 2 handed sailing quickly turned to Osaka, and the ORCV Vanuatu race that was then 2 years away. The Matt’s were the only 2-handed entrant to complete the Vanuatu race (their first offshore 2-handed), placing 2nd on IRC, 1st on AMS and PHS. From then on, it was always about getting to the start line for Osaka.
Both Matt’s have sailed in numerous offshore races (together and separately) including Sydney to Hobart, Melbourne to Hobart, Sydney to Southport, Brisbane to Great Keppel, Brisbane to Gladstone, Adelaide to Port Lincoln and Auckland to Fuji. In all, a combined total of over 30,000nm offshore.
Both Matt’s got into sailing because of their fathers and are the eldest of two brothers, neither of their younger brothers are much interested in sailing.
In the lead up to Osaka, the boys are planning a number of inshore and offshore races and deliveries to test out systems and food, and hone their navigational skills.