A Big Win for Team Quantum Racing TP52 World Title

Dean Barker has helmed Team Quantum Racing to the 2018 TP52 World Title. Also on board were Warwick Flery (main trimmer), James Dagg (upwind trimmer) and Sean Clarkson (runner). Martin Winter (sail maker) and Shaun Mason were part of the shore team. Quantum finished four points ahead of Azzurra in Cascais and did the best job of consistently dealing with the challenging, breezy race area, winning four of the nine races. But the conditions also often favoured the opportunists. Several times Quantum Racing were in top three, only to then lose those places…continue reading →

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 →
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