The Oracle Team USA sailor is filling in for mainstay Ed Powys who is racing in Oman. Fowler is bracing for a Baptism of fire, having limited preparation to master the SuperFoiler.
“It is not easy. I have sailed boats that are fairly similar but nothing on a trapeze. It is a fairly steep learning curve that’s for sure,” said Fowler.
The SuperFoiler debutant will partner with West Australian Fang Warren and fellow America’s Cup sailor Paul Campbell-James who he competed against in Bermuda.
“Given his America’s Cup experience Kinley is the ideal mould between sailing and flying. He is highly experienced and his strength will see him slot in beautifully,” said SuperFoiler COO Jack Macartney.
“We’ve had eight America’s Cup sailors, including three Auld Mug winners come to fly in the series, it just shows the immense skill demanded to sail the SuperFoiler,” said Macartney.
It is a return home of sorts for the New Zealand born Fowler who raced in Bermuda on an American boat at the America’s Cup.
“I am from Perth so this is a great venue for me to have my debut at and I am looking forward to some racing,” said Fowler.
The Western Australian regatta is free for spectators to watch - although VIP Hospitably packages for the solitary event on the West Coast are available with Busselton’s historic jetty hosting Leg Four of the season.
Saturday and Sunday’s racing will be livestreamed on www.superfoiler.com while the series makes its television premiere on 7mate this Saturday and Sunday with the Adelaide leg debuting at 11.30am local.