SoftBank Team Japan Names Harken Its Official Supplier
Published: Wednesday, 28 December 2016
SoftBank Team Japan has selected Harken as its Official Supplier of technical equipment to its campaign for the 35th America’s Cup. Harken will be responsible for supplying winches, pedestals, blocks, and key hydraulic components to the syndicate.
(Photos: ACEA 2016 - SoftBank Team Japan)
“Harken has been part of each of the Cup campaigns I’ve done,” says SoftBank Team Japan Skipper/CEO Dean Barker. “Their equipment is always at the cutting edge of technology and has never let me down. This time I’m sure it will be the same. They supply an array of high-tech sailing equipment and it’s that combination that makes Harken so attractive to us.”
"We are pleased to be teaming with SoftBank Team Japan for the 2017 America’s Cup," says Chairman of the Board Peter Harken. "We supplied deck hardware to the Nippon Challenge for the 2000 Cup. It’s interesting to remember that they advanced to the semi-finals in every Louis Vuitton Cup elimination series in which they competed. After a 15-year absence, it’s great to have Japan back in the AC and to be working closely with the sailors in this outstanding new syndicate.”
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers will be held May 26-June 3 in a round robin elimination series between the six challengers. The top challenger will meet the defending champions Oracle Team USA in the 35th America’s Cup match beginning June 17. The races will be conducted in 48ft wing-masted foiling cats on Bermuda’s Great Sound.