Dean Barker snaps up Team New Zealand's former design guru Nick Holroyd
Dean Barker has lured former Team New Zealand design guru Nick Holroyd to his new Japanese America's Cup syndicate.
Holroyd left the Kiwi outfit in June with other designers brought on board and the new "one-class" rules impacting the crucial department.
His link to Team Japan, which Barker heads in the wake of his departure from the New Zealand challenge, was confirmed on Wednesday with an appointment as technical director.
Holroyd will be responsible for getting Team Japan's AC48 catamaran up to speed in the buildup to Bermuda 2017.
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Holroyd was the mastermind behind Team New Zealand's massive catamaran for the last America's Cup where the Kiwis got the jump on opponents by being the first to make them foil.
Holroyd takes a wealth of intellectual property with him.
Holroyd said he was delighted to be back in the America's Cup game and thrilled to be back alongside Barker.
"I've worked with Dean for the last 15 years," Holroyd said.
"This is a team that is newly emerged but has put itself in a great position. We are going to get ourselves on the water really, really quickly.
"I'm just excited to be on a team that has got a lot of go-forward and is progressing really quickly."
The large elements of one-class rules in the boats reduced from 72-feet to 48-feet were controversially introduced by Cup holder Oracle and they have forced syndicates to narrow their design focus.
Appendage systems and control systems are now the areas seen as crucial for development and that's where Holroyd will be focussing his skills.
Team Japan have just begun building their base in Bermuda and key personnel have already relocated to the island.
Bermuda host the next round of the America's Cup world series later this month.