Brand new Mean Machine TP52 leaves New Zealand for start of season 18/3/08

This week the new TP52 left the Salthouse shipyard, New Zealand, on its passage to Europe. The mast and other equipment essential for the upcoming European season were loaded onto the cargo ship, alongside the new hull.

The shore crew will make their way to Belgium, where the ship is due to unload, before heading in mid-April to Valencia to start test sailing.

Five months of hard work have come together to deliver a brand new Mean Machine, ready to take part in what’s set to be the toughest TP 52 season yet, with the Audi MedCup and the TP 52 Global Championships in Puerto Calero (Canary Islands, Spain) to look forward to.

This season Peter de Ridder and his Mean Machine team will be looking to take back their MedCup title from 2006 and to improve on the third place gained at the TP 52 Global Championships last year.

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