Dean Barker's Future

Interested to get the flavor from the SA community on Dean Barker's future: Dean Barker has been aro


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Varan

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Agreed. Apparent wind sailing is not a game for middle-aged, or older folks. 
Poland’s Karol Jablonski and other older sailors do just fine at apparent wind sailing, and at faster speeds than these AC blokes.

 
By age alone yes. Jimmy and Ben are in the same age range...... 

New blood. 
But even when Barker was in the same age bracket you cant compare him to Jimmy and Ben.....different mental toughness. All the successful AC Helmsman have it, sadly Barker doesn't seem too! I was surprised when the AM team decided to go with Barker.....I would have thought Nathan Outteridge would have been a far better choice!

 

LB 15.1

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While there are fools willing to buy into the "Barker delusion" he will keep taking the money.

Outeridge would sail rings around Barker... But Barker's got Hutches ear.

Every team that has employed Barker has regretted it.

His future....   The same as the past..  

 

Varan

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So what's he been doing for the last decade? 
For example, in the DN class...


DN Class Ice SailingEdit



World ChampionshipsEdit






Year


Medal


Regatta Site




1992


Gold


ArsundaSweden




1993


Silver


Lake GenevaSwitzerland




1994


Silver


NieporętPoland




1995


Gold


MontrealCanada




1996


Gold


ViennaAustria




1997


Gold


Lake St. ClairUnited States




2000


Gold


Lake HjalmarenSweden




2001


Gold


Saginaw BayUnited States




2002


Silver


HaapsaluEstonia




2003


Gold


Lake ChamplainUnited States




2004


Silver


Lake BalatonHungary




2014


Gold[1]


HaapsaluEstonia




2015


Gold[2]


Lake OntarioCanada




2016


Gold[3]


Lake GlanSweden




2017


Gold[4]


Lake Kegonsa, United States




2018


Gold[5]


Lake Wielimie, Poland




 

Sugarscoop

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From what I have seen, 

Dean is the only one who applies match racing tactics when the boats are close. We have seen all the other skippers with more fleet racing pedigree split when infront and not defend their position and rather go to boundary and chase wind shifts. 

All good when you are a fair way in front but if its close, Dean is the only one who will tack and defend his position. This is how they beat ETNZ

 

eurochild

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For those like myself who are scratching their heads about ages...

DB is 47

Ainslie 43

Spithill 41

I reckon if he wins the Prada this time he'd be odds on to get a gig in a small fleet (like this one) next time. Depending on the participants.

If it's a larger fleet (e.g. more participants in a more established AC75 class) he'd likely have options in any event. No-one besides Spithill has as much experience test piloting the post-2007 era of AC boats, and he's been to 3 finals (+ 2000). It's like football managers, experience gets hired.

 

southseasbill

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thetruth said:
What about being 30 seconds late for the start of that match race? Forget that bit numpty?
According to TH, they had a jib issue and had to change it. Made them late for the start.

 

EYESAILOR

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Even if he won the whole thing, I dont think he drives next time round because he will doubtless want to retire

 
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