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America’s Cup

Dean Barker, former Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman, and now skipper of Softbank Team Japan, talks with top interviewer, Radio NZ’s John Campbell.

According to Barker none of the AC50’s have broken the magical 50kt barrier – despite the fact that the boats are capable of sailing in the ‘mid-40’s’ – achieved in 13-14kts of true wind speed.

Barker says with two weeks left until the start of the America’s Cup, they are looking at exactly what development they ‘have left on the table’ before focussing on winning races.

Softbank Team Japan - Bermuda, March 2017 Matt Knighton/Softbank Team Japan © http://www.americascup.com

Softbank Team Japan – Bermuda, March 2017 Matt Knighton/Softbank Team Japan © http://www.americascup.com

He also talks about tactics and the importance of the start and first two legs of the 20 minute course.

by Sail-World.com/nz & Radio

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