Dean Barker launched himself into multihull sailing in 2011 to take Emirates Team New Zealand into the new America’s Cup era. He finished the 2011-12 America’s Cup World Series championship in second place, a testimony to the work the team has put in to manage the transition from racing monohulls to multihulls. In his last year racing monohulls -2010 – Barker and the sailing crew won the three Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas (Auckland in February, La Maddalena in May and Dubai in November). He also won the 2010 Audi MedCup circuit championship for the second successive year. Dean first sailed with Team New Zealand in 1995 but opted for an Olympic campaign rather than travel to San Diego. He was back with the team for the successful defence in 2000 and stayed with the team for 2003. As skipper for the 2007 challenge, he led the sailing team through the pre-regattas of 2005 and 2006, the victory in the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2007 which earned the team the right to face off against Alinghi for the America’s Cup, a match that has been hailed as the most thrilling for years.