“I am excited to return to the class after a few years with the main focus on ocean racing"
Next week will see some of the top international racing teams do battle in the extremely competitive TP52 Class. As part of the TP52 SuperSeries, the fleet has already been sailing in Key West in January, and now the boats have gathered in Miami for the Gaastra World Championships. The famous South Beach will provide both a spectacular backdrop as well as an excellent opportunity for the public to see the racing from up close.
Says Wouter: “I am excited to return to the class after a few years with the main focus on ocean racing. The level is higher than ever, the boats are even more demanding to sail, and with a mostly Dutch crew there is little doubt that this is going to be a very fun event with good team spirit.”
Wouter is no stranger to the class after winning the first TP52 MedCup in 2006 with the Dutch Mean Machine team, so the expectations are high?
“We have to be realistic in our expectations, as although many of us have sailed together in the past and we all know each other well, we will have to give it our everything to come out with all cylinders firing to have a chance against the other very experienced and well trained teams. These boats are extremely sensitive, so you need to be on your tows to quickly shift between the gears. Good teamwork and communication is key.”
The initiative for the Dutch TP52 team came from the Dutch sailing gear company Gaastra Pro, which after being established in 1897 has seen a strong expansion in recent years with a complete new line of cutting edge racing gear.
Wouter: “The Gaastra Pro team has been throwing some impressive punches well over their weight in the sailing industry, and it is clear that their focus on making sailing gear better, faster and more efficient is hitting the right cords with the top sailing teams. I am very much looking forward to sailing on their TP52.”
The team will have three days of training before the racing starts on the 5th of March.
Wouter to sail the TP 52 Worlds with Gaastra Pro