No tension between Barker and Spithill at publicity event

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill believes Dean Barker and Team New Zealand will be the favourites at the next America's Cup.

The America's Cup publicity event in London was designed to promote the Sir Ben Ainslie led Team Great Britain's re-entry into yachting's most prestigious competition.

But again the battle between the two men that led the last enthralling chapter of the Auld Mug were at it again.

Dean Barker and Spithill sat next to each other during the press conference, and the Oracle skipper denies any awkward feelings towards the Kiwi.

“Na I feel great,” said Spithill on sitting next to Barker.

“I think he's the clear favourite for the next [America's Cup].”

Barker added that he respects his yachting rival.  

“We don't hang out for beers it's fair to say,” said Barker with a chuckle.

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