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. They were runners up overall twice, in 2017 behind Azzurra and in 2018 chasing Quantum Racing to the wire. 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 are the team to watch in 2019.