Connor Astwood Joins Softbank Team Japan

April 21, 2017

Connor Astwood Bermuda April 21 2017Connor Astwood has decided to rejoin SoftBank Team Japan ahead of the upcoming America’s Cup.

His decision means he will not take part in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup with TeamBDA.

Until January this year, when he began training full time with TeamBDA, Connor, who is Japanese-Bermudian, had held a full-time position with SoftBank Team Japan.

“The America’s Cup is creating so many unique opportunities and this is yet another one,” says Laura Cutler, TeamBDA Manager. “We completely understand Connor’s wish to pursue his dream and support his decision.”

Connor will now resume his role with SoftBank Team Japan.

“Having learned so much from Team BDA it was a tough decision to make. I have made good friends there who I will always be in touch with, and I hope they do well in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup,” says Connor.

“Now I am back with SoftBank Team Japan, helping in the shed to get the boat ready everyday, and going out on the water in a support boat. Going forward I will be trying to soak in as much of the experience as I can and I hope to learn many things from this world class team.”

Connor is the second sailor to leave TeamBDA for Softbank Team Japan, following after Emily Nagel who also left the team after being offered a full-time position with SoftBank Team Japan last month.

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