SoftBank Team Japan
As the team spends a huge amount training and on the water, family time is very precious to all of the athletes. SoftBank Team Japan strive for that 'Work Life Balance' thing everyone talks about but never gets close to achieving!
Only ONE DAY until the start of the America's Cup Qualifiers! An amazing journey for SoftBank Team Japan to get here in such short time...let the racing begin.
ONE WEEK until the start of the America's Cup Qualifiers! Dean Barker: "With a week to go, the enthusiasm and drive the guys have to make the boat go faster is very very cool to see."
TWO WEEKS until the America's Cup Qualifiers and it's been a busy week for SoftBank Team Japan in Bermuda! Final practice races are days away...we can't wait to line up again...
Take your caffeine pills. 24 hour work days have started at SoftBank Team Japan as they're working round the clock to optimize their race package for the America's Cup...
THREE WEEKS until the start of the America's Cup Qualifiers! Kazuhiko Sofuku: "We're coming into the best part of the campaign and really happy where we are right now."
As SoftBank Team Japan wind down sailing operations before their winter break, here's a shout out to their shore team and the "all-nighters" they pull to make sure SoftBank Team Japan is back on the water the next day.
Yugo Yoshida didn't know what to expect when he arrived in Zushi, Japan for crew trials last year. Now he's one of the strongest weapons in their America's Cup arsenal.
Dramatic video showing how far the SoftBank Team are pushing whilst testing at the upper wind limit of the AC45 Sport. Dean Barker: Fortunately there was no injury and we managed to get the boat back to the dock safely.
“We know now that it’s achievable and it's a real game changer”, said Skipper and CEO Dean Barker. “We think most of the teams know we did it so the race is on now.
SoftBank Team Japan athlete Yugo Yoshida met Yamaha Superbike racer James Rispoli ahead of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series and the British Superbike Championship to lay it down on the track and on the water!
Searching for Japan's ultimate sailor, SoftBank Team Japan travels to Riviera Zushi Marina to put 20 candidates through rigorous testing, hoping two will have what it takes to join the team in Bermuda. Bring It On!
During testing in Bermuda, SoftBank Team Japan athlete Winston MacFarlane (using Derek Sawards life vest) took an unplanned swim during a gybe. All are safe and accounted for!