SoftBank Team Japan is led by skipper and CEO Dean Barker, who is sailing in his 6th America’s Cup.
As CEO and skipper for the Japanese team’s crew, Barker brings over 15 years of America’s Cup racing experience and an impressive resume. The accomplished sailor has been competing internationally since 1988, represented New Zealand in the Olympics in 2004, and steered Team New Zealand to an America’s Cup victory in 2000.
“This is an incredible opportunity to build a new team from the ground up,” Barker said from Bermuda “We have pulled 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, who is now 42, won the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Trials in 2007 and 2013 and hopes to lead SoftBank Team Japan to a victory in the 2017 America’s Cup.
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