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Dean Barker has joined Team Nika

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A week ago it became known that Team New Zealand had removed Dean Barker as skipper and the sailor will not take part in the America's Cup «». Today it has been reported on the web that the athlete has not been out of work for long.

According to foreign media reports, Dean Barker has signed a contract with Russian Team Nika, competing on the RC44 Championship Tour. The new crew offered the veteran the position of tactician. The first event of the season may take place in Malta at the end of March, when the first round of the Tour will be held there.

It will be recalled that Dean Barker has been with Team New Zealand for about 20 years and left the team last week after Peter Burling was appointed as the new crew helmsman. In an interview with the local press, Barker said he learned of the incident from the media, which threw him off balance. The athlete was offered a coaching and managerial position, but he was not interested. According to TNZ representatives, the contract with the Russians will not prevent Barker from working with his old team.

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