Former helmsman Dean Barker has vowed today that he will seek revenge on his former teammates, and single-handedly construct a “giant death yacht” with which he will defeat Team New Zealand and “take over the world.”
Barker, who was this week publicly dumped from New Zealand’s competitive moneyboat team, said that, prior to his axing, he had warned Team New Zealand manager Grant Dalton that, “if he were to strike me off now, I would become far more powerful than he could possibly imagine.”
Barker is now promising to follow through on that threat, by competing in the next America’s Cup entirely by himself, in a yacht designed to “shatter the souls of men.”
“Would you say, you’re… bitter?” a thoughtful John Campbell asked Barker in an exclusive interview last night on Campbell Live.
“Oh yes,” replied Barker, softly. “Very.”
“I’m mad,” he added, “but uh, I don’t need to tell them that.”
He shook his head. “They know what’s coming.”
Barker told Campbell that, while plans were not yet finalised, he believed his yacht would be a state-of-the-art, “unprecedently deadly” boat.