|Yacht Club:||Royal Cape Yacht Club|
|Design:||Botin Partners 2018|
Famous German owner, SAP computer software co-founder Hasso Plattner has a history in grand prix yacht racing dating back to the dizzy heights of IOR and his Maxis named Morning Glory. Putting a toe into the TP52 class world he bought the 2014 Phoenix and had such fun racing it that he and daughter Tina joined the circuit for a full 2018 season with a brand new build Botin designed Phoenix 11. In 2018 they shared the helming at different regattas with Ed Baird in the tactician’s role supported by Tom Burnham also from Quantum Racing. In Zadar, Tina and the Phoenix team came very close to winning the regatta outright but finished an excellent second, just four points shy of the winning tally of Prada Luna Rossa.
This year the Phoenix team will run two boats, both racing at Mahón and at the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals, Tina will be driving 12 at these events, otherwise Phoenix 11 is doing the complete circuit. The teams have trained hard through the early pre-season, including spells in South Africa where they race smaller Cape 31 boats together, sharpening up their skills. This year Ado Stead is tactician on Phoenix 11 with Michele Ivaldi as strategist and Shane Elliot navigator, while routinely Phoenix 12 has Cameron Dunn as tactician and Marc Lagesse as navigator.