Dean Barker has been linked to a new Japanese America's Cup syndicate, expected to be announced next week.
An Asian entry has long been touted and it appears the decision to downscale the boats and cut costs for the 2017 regatta has landed Japanese interest, backed by billionaire banker Masoyashi Son.
The Independent newspaper in Britain speculated that the new syndicate “will see not only a Japanese skipper but the appearance of former Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker in the lineup”.
Barker was controversially dumped as helmsman by Team New Zealand who have placed their faith in Australian Glenn Ashby and rising Kiwi talent Peter Burling to take the wheel.
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