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 and has been a regular fixture on the podiums at regattas ever since.
Platoon won the opening regatta of the season in Menorca, won the Rolex TP52 World Championship in 2019, the second time in three years, and were runners up overall to Azzurra in 2019, just as they also were second behind Quantum Racing in 2018 and 2017 behind Azzurra.
Platoon’s owner prefers the Vrolijk designs and had a new Platoon for 2018. 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 sees Platoon’s strategist Quantum Sails America’s Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist Jordi Calafat as designer.
John Kostecki joined the programme at the end of the 2016 season, and, working in concert with strategist Calafat, delivered a supreme level of consistency on the race course. Kostecki along with trimmer Ross Halcrow and mainsail trimmer Dirk de Ridder have sailed many thousands of miles together including winning the 33rd America’s Cup with Oracle.
Kostecki’s percentage, low-risk racing relies on excellent boat speed and handling, and Platoon are always among the quickest on the water. They won the Rolex TP52 World Championship win in Scarlino, Italy in 2017 and again in 2019. They will again be tipped in 2020 as potential champions.