Platoon are the German-flagged team of Harm Müller-Spreer. After campaigning in two different TP52s during the MedCup years, Harm Müller-Spreer re-joined the TP52 class in 2015 after a seven-year absence. His Vrolijk designed Platoon and team immediately proved to be hot contenders. As a vastly experienced and successful owner-helm who has won the Dragon Gold Cup three times the appeal of the 52 SUPER SERIES is the strong owner-driver ethos.
In 2016, Platoon made the change to Quantum Sails and paired with Quantum Racing in an open-book two boat programme which was expanded to three boats with the Gladiator during 2017. That alliance continues for 2018.
John Kostecki joined the programme as tactician in Cascais at the end of the 2016 season, and, working in concert with strategist Jordi Calafat, delivered a supreme level of consistency on the race course.
His percentage, low-risk racing relies on excellent boat speed and handling, and Platoon was always among the quickest, especially downwind. Platoon made the world sit up and take notice with a pair of back-to-back second places in Florida, and then peaked with their Rolex TP52 World Championship win in Scarlino, Italy. But then in Porto Cervo, they tumbled to seventh. Even so, Platoon were in the championship fight until the very last day and Müller-Spreer was pleased to have finished as runners up for the 2017 season title. He and the unchanged team are back in 2018 with a new Vrolijk design which was built, once more, by Premier Composite Technologies in Dubai.