|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 – before coming in to the 52 SUPER SERIES – raced at top grand prix level for about 15 years with success in the Farr 40 and Melges 32 classes in particular. Sled are regular podium contenders at most regattas thanks to a very strong group of experienced top professionals, many of them former Team New Zealand sailors.
Third overall in 2015, seventh in 2016, seventh in 2017 fifth overall in 2018 and sixth in 2019 the team were all set for 2020, ready to follow up on a remarkable triumph at the last regatta of 2019 in a breezy Porto Cervo. There, the Sled team were unstoppable, reeling off six race wins from nine starts. So Sled remain a force to be reckoned with as strategist Adam Beashel sails in the tactician’s role often supported by America’s Cup legend Murray Jones. Quietly consistent and good in the breeze Sled could be one of the top contenders in 2021 if they can rekindle that Sardinian magic. New to the team this season will be New Zealand’s double America’s Cup winner and Finn double Olympian and Finn Gold Cup winner Josh Junior bringing not only his youthful strength and power but vast experience of race course strategy and reading and spotting the breeze.