Mini Maxi, TP52 and a Transatlantic

Photos: Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries
Niklas Zennstrom updates us on his busy sailing program
Rán’s Niklas Zennström and his wife Catherine continue to sail more days per year than many professional sailors... With Niklas on the helm, this season they have continued to campaign both the Rán TP52 and Mini Maxi, and on the occasional weekends when they are not racing these there is always the Farr 45 on the Solent. And as a fresh adventure over the winter months they have chartered Mike Slade’s maxi ICAP Leopard to compete in the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s Transatlantic Superyacht & Maxi Regatta, from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda, starting on 25 November. At present Zennström is particularly relishing the challenge of sailing the TP52, to the extent that he was recently allowed himself to be elected President of the class. “All the boats are so close. Previous years it has been come down to the last event. This year it came down to the last race,” says the Skype co-founder. This has only been Zennström’s second year in the TP52 class and this season Rán ended up third overall in the inaugural 52 Super Series. “I think that is okay,” he says. “If you look at the boats that are ahead of us [Audi Azzurra and Quantum Racing], they are pretty good teams. So I don’t think we should be too disappointed with that. We have been a little bit inconsistence, whereas they have been so consistent. “For us it is a case of still learning and we need to minimise our mistakes, which is what it is all about. Like in Porto Cervo: we had two bad races, we were leading the coastal race and we sailed into a wind hole and everyone passed us. Then on the last day we had a really good start and it was stupid of us to be OCS, otherwise we