TP 52 Blue
SAIL # AUS 8898
LOA 15.85 m
Beam 4.42 m
Draft 3.35 m
Displacement 7.6 T
This boat can be chartered anywhere in Southeast Asia. Contact Joe for more information: +614 4764 5321
The most evident difference between TeamOrigin 1851 and the rest of the Audi MedCup fleet is in her forefoot at the bow which has a chine – a shape not a million miles from that of a Star.
The TeamOrigin boat’s appendages also differ from the class norm. The bulb is longer than the ones fitted on the other TP52s and controversially has winglets fitted at the aft end. According to Juan K, the reason the bulb is longer is
The keel and the hull are such that the team
“We haven’t come across anyone who is faster yet upwind,” says Mike Sanderson. “There are some who are faster at changing gears while we are still learning how to sail a TP. All the R&D we did into the class, holding a lane was a big part of it. And the boat is going nicely upwind. The wings are there to get leeway down a little bit and we think we are doing that. But things are all well and good – we have a click upwind and we are missing a click downwind.”
Juan K adds: “This is the problem you have when designing your first TP52 against people who are doing their fifth or sixth generation. I don’t have that feeling between upwind and downwind ratios. We built it too much for upwind, but it is no big deal to correct it. We have the biggest rudder, the biggest keel, the biggest bulb and we have winglets and all that kills it [downwind performance], so doing better downwind, making up a lower wetted surface bulb and a smaller rudder isn’t going to hurt upwind, but it is going to be much better downwind. The idea is to improve where you are weak – downwind for us – because upwind we are really good. There is no problem there. I am happy because it is a lot easier problem to solve when you are fast upwind and slow downwind than the other way around.”
Previous Names: TeamOrigin, 5 degrees West.
The TP52 Class Association was started in 2001 by owners who wanted to race a Grand Prix sailboat that is fun, safe and reliable. TP52’s are flat out racing platforms, fully crewed, high performance monohulls capable of racing in both buoy regattas and offshore races. The 2800 pound weight limit provides for approximately 14 crew members with the flexibility to bring along a guest or a sponsor in the back of the boat and out of harms way. TP52’s race in true time, the first boat across the finish line wins. TP52’s are designed to be raced by both amateur and professional sailors alike. TP52’s elected not to use water ballast, canting keels, running back stays; preferring to keep it simple, safe & reliable. There is no time credit to build a slow TP52. They can easily exceed 25 knots off the wind with the record being 32 knots in a race set by 4 TP52’s racing down the California coast in 2003. Upwind, they are very stiff and fast as approximately 60% of the weight of the boat is in the metal fin & lead bulb.
The TP52 Class permits sponsors to take advantage of advertising their names & products on what has become perhaps the greatest grand
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