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The yachting industry says goodbye to design talent Bill Langan
Posted: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:05 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

The yachting industry says goodbye to design talent Michael William (Bill) Langan, who lost his battle with leukemia on December 31, 2010 at age 55.

Langan was graduate of Webb Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He worked as an intern at Sparkman & Stevens and later became a fulltime employee.

In 1980, Langan was named Chief Designer at S&S. Over his 20 years with the company, Langan worked on more than 300 designs, including those for America’s Cup race vessels. In 1998, Langan formed his own design firm, Langan Design Associates, Inc. of Newport, Rhode Island.

Langan was honored by ShowBoats International magazine with a ShowBoats Award for naval architecture of the 90-foot Victoria of Strathearn built at C&N in 1991 while he was lead designer at Sparkman & Stephens and for the design of 130-foot Victoria of Strathearn built in 2001 at Alloy Yachts. He was also the naval architect for several other nominated yachts including the 1994 refit of Bill Simon's Itasca, the first private yacht to complete a traverse of the Northwest Passage in a single season. Langan was equally at home designing sailing and motor yachts, the last of which was the M/Y Calliope, which debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show last September.

 In commenting on the design of the second Victoria of Strathearn Bill uttered one of the best lines ever when he said, “Performance was never an issue to the owner—as long as we beat everybody else.”

Bill had a rare personality; he was friendly and outgoing and also deeply analytical plus he had a fine sense of humor and an appreciation of irony. His passion for the sport of sailing brought luster to the sport and his integrity brightened the yachting industry.

A memorial service will be held for Langan at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on Saturday, January 8 at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at the Conanicut Yacht Club. The family requests that memorial gifts be given in Bill’s name to The Jimmy Fund the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 6:27 PM
Joined: 13/10/2010
Posts: 1

Thank you posting this. A name I have not heard in over 15yrs. I worked at S&S in 1994 as their Listing Secretary having come from Yachting (Stewardess/deckhand) in early 90s in FL ending up in NYC. I recall his even keel disposition and prf demanor. Sorry to hear of his passing.
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