21 May 2015

Barker signs with Team Japan

2:31 pm on 21 May 2015

Former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker has signed with Japanese America's Cup challenger Softbank Team Japan.

Dean Barker.

Dean Barker. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

In February Baker was replaced as Team New Zealand's helmsman by New Zealand's Peter Burling and Australia Glenn Ashby.

He officially left the team in March after turning down a sailing coach and performance manager position.

SoftBank Team Japan was only confirmed as a challenger earlier this month and Barker said the new role provided a chance to build a new team from the ground up.

Barker has a busy time ahead as he tries to recruit a team to race at the first America's Cup World Series event in Portsmouth in July.

"We're filling the key roles on the team as quickly as we can. I think we're pulling together a very strong team. We want to compete at the head of the fleet and we're assembling a team that is capable of doing that. Our goal is to win the America's Cup," Barker said.

Dean Barker in the America's Cup:

  • 1995 - trains with Team New Zealand
  • 2000 - America's Cup winner with Team New Zealand, helming the deciding race
  • 2003 - skipper, unsuccessful defence of America's Cup with Team New Zealand
  • 2007 - skipper, winner, Louis Vuitton Cup
  • 2013 - skipper, winner, Louis Vuitton Cup

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