Softbank Team Japan is the most recent entry into the America’s Cup, having only announced their challenge in April 2015. Moving quickly to recruit extraordinary leadership, the Japanese entry is being spearheaded by General Manager Kazuhiko ‘Fuku’ Sofuku, Skipper Dean Barker and Sailing Team Director Chris Draper.
Fuku, a veteran of four previous America’s Cup campaigns, last raced with a Japanese team for the America’s Cup fifteen years ago as a bowman for Nippon Challenge during the 1999/2000 Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series. An experienced bowman, Fuku’s main priority on the boat is to transfer his skills across to catamarans.
With America’s Cup legend Dean Barker at the helm and former Luna Rossa skipper Chris Draper stepping up as Sailing Team Director and Tactician, the team possesses a wealth of knowledge that they intent to use to represent Japan with pride.