|Sail Number:||USA 5095|
|Yacht Club:||New York Yacht Club|
|Design:||Botin Partners (2018)|
|Builder:||Core Builders Composites|
Sled is a prominent international team that is headed by New York Yacht Club’s Takashi Okura, who has raced at top grand prix level for about 15 years with success in the Farr 40, Melges 32 and now the TP52 Class. The Sled team joined the 52 SUPER SERIES circuit in 2014 and took third in the US championship in Miami and fourth at the Zenith Cup Marina Ibiza. In 2015, with their new Sled, Mr Okura took the third step on the podium, as well as best owner-driver. Their stated aim for 2018 is to return to that level.
In 2016 Takashi Okura’s crew started well with a good fourth place in Scarlino, but then took time to find the top of their game and ultimately could not replicate the quietly consistent form that saw them finish third overall in 2015 and they finished seventh.
Seventh again in 2017, Takashi Okura’s team had Hamish Pepper calling tactics backed up by Cameron Dunn on strategy. And, like the teams around them on the end of season points table, Sled missed the tiny percentages that made the difference between the top half of the fleet and the lower half.
This season they have added a core of mainly Kiwi talent including Ray Davies as tactician, Adam Beashel as strategist and Tony Rae.