Action from our last visit to Naples …. hard racing at a great venue.
Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker is keen to get into racing mode for the America’s Cup World Series AC45 regatta at Naples.
This is our last chance to get in some real racing before we start sailing in San Francisco, he said as he prepared to head to the northern hemisphere.
The sailing team for Naples is now en route. The shore crew has been in place for several days to assemble the AC45 and set up the base.
The team will be sailing off Naples within 24 hours of their arrival.
Dean Barker: “Sailing in Auckland well over – there’s tremendous activity around the base getting ready for the move.” More than 30 containers will be on their way to the port this week.
“We are also doing modifications on the second AC72 and refitting the first boat. The wing has have been pulled apart and the elements are being shrink-wrapped ready for shipping.”
He says the team is looking forward to Naples and some hard racing. We are not exactly in AC45 race mode at the moment, but we will have a few days practice in Naples before racing starts.
“It’s a good opportunity to put ourselves under pressure to sharpen racing skills before San Francisco.”
The sailing squad for Naples is: Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, Ray Davies, James Dagg, Derek Saward, Adam Beashel, Winston Macfarlane and Jeremy Lomas.
Racing at Naples starts in a week and ends on Sunday April 21.