SoftBank Team Japan Names Harken an Official Supplier

12/21/2016

SoftBank Team JapanPewaukee, WI-SoftBank Team Japan has selected Harken as an Official Supplier of technical equipment to its campaign for the 35th America's Cup. Harken is responsible for supplying winches, pedestals, blocks, and key hydraulic components to the syndicate.

Dean Barker Skipper/CEO SoftBank Team Japan said, "Harken has been part of each of the Cup campaigns I've done. 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," said Peter Harken, Chairman of the Board. "We supplied deck hardware to NipponChallenge 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 multi-national SoftBank Team Japan is led by America's Cup skipper Dean Barker and General Manager and bowman Kazuhiko "Fuku" Sofuku. Harken is honored to be working with this talented and dedicated group.

The Louis Vuitton America's Cup Qualifiers will be held from 5/26 - 6/3/17 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 on June 17, 2017. The races will be conducted in 48′ wing-masted foiling cats on Bermuda's Great Sound.

About SoftBank Team Japan: "SoftBank Team Japan, supported by SoftBank Corp. and Kansai Yacht Club, is the Japanese Challenger for the 35th America's Cup to be held in Bermuda in 2017. As the first Japanese flagged challenger since 2000, SoftBank Team Japan seeks to make history by becoming the first Japanese team to win the America's Cup.

Led by winning America's Cup skipper Dean Barker along with veteran Japanese sailor Kazuhiko "Fuku" Sofuku, SoftBank Team Japan is made up of a multi-national collaboration of sailors, boat builders, and support crew from the professional sailing industry who share the passion for innovation and excellence."

Press Contact: matt.knighton@softbankteamjapan.com

About Harken: Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of innovative sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Harken manufactures in the USA and Italy. Its network includes distribution in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rhode Island, California, and Florida).

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