|Sail Number:||USA 5095|
|Yacht Club:||New York Yachtclub|
|Design:||Botin Partners (2015)|
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 more recently – 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.
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. In the super tight mid-fleet battles, they found they were not starting as well as in 2015 and did not have the same comparative speed. Working tirelessly to improve, they were ultimately left disappointed with their seventh place finish.
With a crew that has remained relatively unchanged since 2014, and with Hamish Pepper calling tactics for the 2017 season, everyone involved with the Sled campaign are determined to return to the winning ways of 2015, with the aim to claim back the best owner-driver from last year’s winner Niklas Zennström (Rán Racing).