RNZYS Performance Programme Sailor Bradley McLaughlin sailing on board TP52 Gladiator
Quick update below from our RNZYS Performance Programme sailor Bradley McLaughlin who sails overseas on the 52 footer Gladiator
“I’m in Newport Rhode Island where I have just finished up the New York Yacht Club Rolex Regatta on Gladiator.
It was a tough event for us really but we managed to get boat of the day yesterday scoring a 2, 1, 1 in a 4 boat fleet! Tough conditions with the big Atlantic seas and an 11/12 knot sea breeze that fills in from the south east every day.
We tend to struggle against Spookie and Fox which are both IRC optimised 52’s, whereas we are still in Super Series configuration. As soon as the breeze gets up a bit we come into a good bit of pace against the fleet though.
Tomorrow is the New York Yacht Club’s Queen’s Cup which is a big one race event. The Queen’s Cup is one of the New York Yacht Club’s oldest and most prestigious events so it is going to be a great event to be involved in.
After the Queen’s Cup I’m heading back to NZ for a week’s training with the Performance Programme lads before heading away again for Cowes Week and then the next event on the 52 Super Series calendar the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week in Mallorca, Spain.” – Bradley McLaughlin, RNZYS Performance Programme
Gladiator is a well-known team owned and backed by successful, popular English businessman Tony Langley.
They have learned a great deal and worked hard, improving progressively since their first foray into the TP52 regattas in the Med in 2009. They remain one of the most ardent fans and supporters of the 52 SUPER SERIES.
2017 proved a great year for the Gladiator team, as British owner-driver Tony Langley sought to make all round improvements, and, by and large, they proved they had achieved that by the end of the season with a very popular second place in Mahón. They joined the three-boat Quantum Racing stable, and Ed Baird stepped into the team as tactician bringing with him all his experience of winning with Quantum. When the newly built Interlodge became available, Langley’s proved a deft, smart choice even if the transition did not go as smoothly as planned. A notorious Miami T-bone required the shore team and the sailors to dig deep to have the boat ready for the first European regatta. Since then their rewards came incrementally. Owner of a mini fleet of TP52, Langley also sailed his others in the USA and on home Solent waters in England. Langley loves his sport and must rank as the hardest working owner-driver in this business!
More on the 52 Super Series: www.52superseries.com