Published: Friday, 08 April 2016

Softbank Team Japan sailor Winston McFarlane took a fall overboard during America’s Cup testing this week.

The team, led by Skipper and CEO Dean Barker, had the chance to test its man overboard procedure and successfully retrieved the sailor.

Softbank Team Japan is preparing for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event in New York (May 7-8).

America’s Cup is returning to New York for the first time since 1920. The event is one of six events during 2016, each featuring high-speed competition, as six America’s Cup teams vie for points that count towards the final competition for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.

The six teams have already completed four series events in Portsmouth, Gothenburg, Bermuda and Oman.

Softbank Team Japan Sailor Falls Overboard

(Photo: Matt Knighton / Softbank Team Japan)

Emirates Team New Zealand is leading the pack with 192 points, followed by Oracle Team USA with 186 points and Land Rover BAR with 185 points.

“The New York event is going to be spectacular. Racing on the lower Hudson River, in front of that Manhattan skyline, will be a huge hit,” says Oracle Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill. “New Yorkers are massive sports fans and I think this will be something very special: thrilling, top-level racing right in the heart of the city. It’s going to be a great event for the America’s Cup and a great event for New York.”

Practice racing in New York is on May 6, with point-scoring races on the weekend of May 7-8.