Dean Barker returns to the helm for Team NZ

12:10, Aug 21 2014
Dean Barker
HE'S BACK: Skipper Dean Barker says Team New Zealand's will go through a detailed debrief after their last place finish at the latest round of the Extreme Sailing Series.

Dean Barker is back at the helm of Team New Zealand's boat as the Extreme Sailing Series resumes in Cardiff tomorrow.

Barker resumes the helm from young protégé Peter Burling who got the Kiwis to podium finishes at the last two events in China and Russia.

Burling and his regular crew mate Blair Tuke take a breather from the 40-foot catamaran series to concentrate on defending their world 49er title in Spain, with those championship starting on September 8.

Barker will have his right-arm man Ray Davies at his side helping call tactics and trimming the mainsail.

With no Glenn Ashby on board as the team rotate their crew, there will be pressure to keep the campaign progressing.

After four of the eight regattas Team New Zealand (32 points)  lie third on the table behind leaders Alinghi  (38) and The Wave Muscat (35).

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With a two month break since the last event in St Petersbrug there has been a fair amount of shuffling amongst the crews as they look to push on over the back half of the series.

The transfer market includes New Zealander Phil Robertson taking over at the helm of fifth-placed Gazprom Team Russia after Phil Campbell-James shifted to Sir Ben Ainslie's British boat.

Robertson, a successful skipper on the world match racing tour, sailed last year's Extreme Series with ChinaSpirit and is eager to get back in the mix.

"I really hope I can make the same impact as I did last year with China Spirit," Robertson said.

"I will be as prepared as possible and am lucky to have a great team behind me and the experience of Cardiff from last year. There are definitely a few tricks to sailing in Cardiff. I have no doubt all the teams would have done their study on Cardiff."

Another Kiwi, Brad Farrand, has come on board Dannish boat SAP.

Farrard contested last year's series with GAC Pindar and coached the 2013 Red Bull Youth America's Cup runner-up team Full Metal Jacket.

The quick-fire racing format will be sailed in Cardiff Bay, a setting that has produced strong winds in the past.

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