Monday, 4 August 2008

Mean Machine Halts TP52 Campaign

2008 TP52 Mean Machine racing in the Audi MedCup off Marseille. Image copyright Sander van der Borch/Mean Machine.

by Helena de la Gandara

The Mean Machine Team have decided to officially announce their decision to cease all activity in the TP52 class. Owner and Skipper of the Mean Machine TP52 Peter de Ridder has decided to terminate the TP52 campaign for this season.

Peter de Ridder says: "We’ve had some wonderful years in this class, but having lost our Mean Machine Mojo on the road to success, time has come to stop and take stock. I've considered the option to make changes to the team in order to get back on track, but that would not have done justice to the fantastic group of people we had for so many years. There are times one has to realistically admit to have performed below its standards. Being the owner and skipper I take full responsibility for that"

Mean Machine competing in the 2008 Alicante Trophy of the Audi MedCup. Image copyright Nico Martinez.

This decision, which was by no means easy to make, doesn’t signal the end of the team. Over the next few months and after a rest, the sporting future of this sailing platform known as Mean Machine will be decided.

Mean Machine

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