For Harm Müller-Spreer's "Platoon" crew it was a tailor-made start, for the teams on "Sled" and "Gladiator" it was more of a forgotten one. While the team of the hamburger catapulted itself to the top of the field on the first day of the Miami Royal Cup off Miami Beach, the mission of Tony Langley's new "Gladiator" ended with a loud bang.
The "Platoon" crew got off to a strong start: Harm Müller-Spreers TP52 has taken the lead
At the season opening of the 52 Super Series, the TP52 was rammed by "Sled" in T-Bone style and, with severe damage, was thrown out of the race at the beginning of the race. Fortunately, no one was injured in the dramatic incident. Langley's team tries to make amends and tries to put the mast on the previous "Gladiator" in order to be able to continue the regatta. According to current plans, this should be done by Thursday if possible. "Sled", on the other hand, got away with bow damage in the fresh southeast winds and high waves, which initially seemed repairable overnight.
At the start of the 52 Super Series, there was a crash on the course. But different than planned by the sailors …
The new "Gladiator" is still dashing over the waves off Miami. The video (see above) shows what happened a short time later
Harm Müller-Spreer's "Platoon" crew shone with third place and one day win. The Hamburg owner and helmsman, who this season has been assisted by the American John Kostecki as a tactician, said after the races in the Miami Beach Marina: "It was a really good start for us. We were fast, and there are a few nice comebacks. Those were great races!"
You can find live coverage of the 52 Super Series here. And here are the results.
The serial winners of "Quantum" in demanding sailing conditions off Miami