|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 has decided to join the circuit with a new build Botin designed Phoenix which he will campaign alongside his daughter Tina. The Phoenix crew includes three times 52 SUPER SERIES winning skipper Ed Baird as tactician and Tom Burnham also from Quantum Racing. The two Phoenix TP52 yachts worked up early season before Palma Vela to good effect and prior to that the team trained in South Africa under whose flag they sail.
Project manager Tony Norris reports that they have been putting their crew together for 2018, and that they have just completed a two week training session in Cape Town, South Africa.