Sled is a Botin design build at Cookson. Owner driver Takashi (Tak) Okura from Japan has a team made up of a good mix of well known pro's and Japanese sailors. It is his third TP52 and first new build, previously he raced the TP52's that started life as Warpath and Synergy. In 2015 Team Sled were the 'lucky ones' in the sense that in the end they won the exciting battle for 3rd. To defend 3rd for 2016 proved too much after a few difficult events mid season but never mind their 7th overall the team finished 2016 on a high with a 3rd place in the Cascais Cup.
To do better than 7th in 2017 and possibly get on or near podium again is not impossible for team Sled.

Crew (2016):

1 Takashi Okura JPN Helm
2 Ross McDonald CAN Tactician     
3 Hamish Pepper NZL Strategist
4 Nobu Katori JPN Navigator
5 Don Cowie NZL Main
6 Tetsu Sasaki JPN Runners
7 Robbie Naismith NZL Trim Upwind
8 Toshira Honda JPN Trim Downwind
9 Chris McAsey NZ Grind
10 Hideki Wakayama JPN Grind
11 Ryan Godfrey AIS Pit
12 Norio Igei JPN Gronder/Runner
13 Andrew McCorquodale CAN Mid bow
14 Brad Marsh NZL Bow