Dean Barker: I'm the world's best sailor
Spanish sailing journalists call him the "sad kiwi" because his face seems to reflect a permanent state of sadness. Whether winning the Louis Cup in Valencia on the helm of Emirates Team NZ or the Copa del Rey in Palma on the helm of the Spanish King's TP52 Bribón, Dean Barker, the kiwi match racing maestro, never cracks a smile.
Regardless of whether one prefers the flamboyant Spaniards or the austere Kiwis, Barker's statement that he considers himself to be the world's best sailor comes as surprise. Talking to New Zealand newspaper Sunday Star Times, Barker believes he's better than Brad Butterworth or Russell Coutts, the other kiwi rock stars of the world sailing scene.
Even if he's one of the world's greatest helmsmen, I find it quite pretentious to make such a claim. He might have to opportunity to prove it next week on his home waters even if Butterworth will be on the Alinghi boat calling tactics and Ed Baird will be on the helm.
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