America's Cup- Dean Barker interviewed on the current state of the Cup
by Ludovic Sorlot on 3 Jul 2014
On the occasion of the Europe Class A Championship organized by the Cercle de Bordeaux sailing on Lake Carcans-Maubuisson CupLegends.com caught up with Dean Barker who answered Ludovic Sorlot's questions.
Dean Barker - Day 3: A-class Catamarans European Championship, Bordeaux, France Paula Kopylowicz / Exploder.info http://www.exploder.info
Beaten after an incredible return of American during the last America's Cup, we asked him how he felt after this terrible defeat.
We were extremely disappointed but the game was tight. Now we must focus on our next challenge in 2017. It was not a psychological defeat. Americans have made ??mistakes in the beginning they knew quickly corrected mainly by improving upwind where it was difficult for us to come and make a difference. It was a tough loss for us. We really thought we would win. We must learn to navigate forward again and even better.
Where are your relations with Grant Dalton after the words exchanged after the Match?
Our relations are good. Grant has done a fantastic job with sponsors to enable us to build a strong challenge. Finding money is not an easy job.
And you prefer to Brad Grant (Butterworth)? [Butterworth widely criticized Grant Dalton after the defeat to Oracle. It is proposed to resume his post.]
Dean laughs. 'This is a false debate. We have a new board and reiterated Grant in office. The team is now renovated with strong personalities who will help us move forward.'
Russell Coutts has recently proposed the challengers have the opportunity to build a second boat? What do you think?
It's hard to say. If you break your boat actually is necessary to have a second boat in reserve.
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(The rest of Barker's comments on the option of a second boat are at the end of the Video)