The return home of Dean Barker

Once hailed as New Zealand's America's Cup hero, Dean Barker is finally coming home - but this time flying the Stars & Stripes.  Dean Barker was a happy man when Team New Zealand finally confirmed the 2021 America’s Cup would be raced in his old home town. It’s been three years since Barker, Team NZ’s former skipper, came home to Auckland. Now he’s itching to return, and race again on the waters where he once learned to sail. And this time, he'll be driving a radical boat that he must first figure out how to sail.…continue reading →

The Annual Bay of Islands Regatta

The annual Bay of Islands Regatta was the biggest in nearly a decade with 104 entries across 13 divisions! Light airs did delay the start for much of the fleet, although the sun was out and many crews were seen swimming for a few hours before racing began. It was a hotly contested affair across the divisions, with Beau Geste narrowly pipping Frank Racing with 5 wins out of 8 to claim bragging rights between these two powerhouse trimarans. Georgia was fortunate enough to have former Americas cup sailor Brad Butterworth on board,…continue reading →

Sail Magazine exclusive with Dean Barker

There are few sailors who have experienced the intense highs and lows of America’s Cup racing like Dean Barker. In the space of 13 years, he has steered the final race in a successful defence for New Zealand in 2000, lost the Cup skippering Team New Zealand in 2003, failed to win it back in a close contest with Alinghi in 2007, then held what appeared to be an unbeatable lead in 2013 against Team Oracle USA, before ending-up on the wrong side “of one of sport’s greatest comebacks.” It’s a history that…continue reading →

First win for the year

Today was another tough day. Great conditions with 18-23 kts and plenty of action. The race course in Istanbul was really open and allowed the opportunity for some big gains and losses. Today we knew if we put a solid day together we would have a chance to win the event. Going into the final double points race we were 6 behind The Wave and 12 ahead of Alinghi. We sailed a really strong race and pulled out a win. Knowing The Wave needed to be three boats behind us we were watching…continue reading →

Back into the Racing

This is my first blog for quite some time.  In fact since September last year when I was still a part of Team NZ racing in Istanbul for the Extreme Sailing Series.  It is fair to say there has been a fiar bit that has happened since then, most of which has been incredibly disappointing. But for the past two weeks I have been back doing what I love and that is racing.  I was very fortunate to join a Russian RC44 team, Team Nika, to compete in the first event of the…continue reading →

Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a great Easter break and enjoyed the fantastic weather. We were very fortunate to take delivery of our new Southern Pacific inflatable on Thursday and get the chance to give it a good run over the Easter break.  We have purchased a Comrant 550 which we intend to use primarily for family water sports and the odd bit of bad fishing.  We have put a 90hp Suzuki on it. With the age of the kids it is nice to have a boat which is easily managed with two people,…continue reading →