USA 5095

Owner: Takashi Okura
Design: Botin
Builder: Core Builders Composites


Sled is a 2018 Botin design build at Core Builders Composites. Owner driver Takashi (Tak) Okura from Japan leads a team of many nationalities based on a strong Kiwi backbone. It is his fourth TP52 and second new build. In 2018 Sled with a 5th overall in the 52 Super Series improved on 2017 and from there continued to aim higher. During 2019 Sled pulled some extra speed out of the hat showing her stern to the fleet in an unheard of 1, 2, 6, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 to win the final event in Porto Cervo. The team held on to this pace into 2021 resulting into the epic double of winning the 52 Super Series overall by one point from Quantum Racing and the Rolex TP52 Worlds by the same margin from Quantum Racing and Platoon!! In 2022 Team Sled just missed the podium, runner-up finishing the series in 4th. A new keel fin for 2023 might just do the trick this year, the team certainly hopes so.

Crew 2023:

1 Takashi Okura JPN Helm
2 Murray Jones NZL Tactician
3 Michele Ivaldi ITA Strategist
4 Andrea Visitini ITA Navigator
5 Don Cowie NZL Main
6 Jeremy Lomas NZL Runners
7 Robbie Naismith NZL Trim Upwind
8 Christian Kamp GER Trim Downwind
9 Cian Guilfoyle IRL Grind
10 Hideki Wakayama JPN Grind
11 Ryan Godfrey AUS Pit
12 Norio Igei JPN Float
13 Andrew McCorquodale CAN Mid bow
14 Ivan Peute NED Bow

Crew photo 2022