Defending SailGP champion Kyle Langford and helmsman for the Japan SailGP Team Nathan Outteridge have surprised their local region, Lake Macquarie by returning home with the SailGP Championship trophy today.

The pair visited Wangi Amateur Sailing Club hosting a talk with the club’s youth sailors, before the final round of the Sail GP in Sydney next month.

Kyle Langford said it was nice to return home and give back.

“I wanted to repay that support by taking the trophy to Lake Macquarie, which has been my second home over the years, and celebrate with a community which has supported me throughout my career – and hopefully inspire the next generation of SailGP aspirants as well,” Langford said.

“I hope that by sharing my journey from being a young aspiring athlete to now representing Australia in SailGP.”

The pair showed members the 2.5 kilo sterling silver and 24-carat gold plated SailGP Championship trophy, created by leading trophy maker Thomas Lyte also known for crafting the Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup.

The Lake Macquarie Regional Trophy Tour marks three weeks to go until the Sydney event.