Vet­eran sailor to lead Hamo’s Cup chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

LESS than two months af­ter be­ing con­firmed as the chal­lenger of record for the 35th Amer­ica's Cup, Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club (HIYC) has an­nounced the se­cur­ing of Amer­ica’s Cup vet­eran, Iain Mur­ray AM, to head up Team Aus­tralia’s chal­lenge.

Hav­ing most re­cently held the dual role of CEO and re­gatta di­rec­tor of the 34th Amer­ica’s Cup, Mur­ray is one of the most lauded men in sail­ing and his ap­point­ment is a coup for Team Aus­tralia.

In Mur­ray’s new role he will be re­spon­si­ble for shap­ing the event and build­ing and lead­ing the best Aus­tralian team pos­si­ble for HIYC.

Hamil­ton Is­land’s owner Bob Oat­ley, who filed the chal­lenge on be­half of HIYC shortly af­ter Or­a­cle Team USA won the 34th Amer­ica’s Cup, said Mur­ray was the only man for the job.

“Iain knows what it takes to win an Amer­ica’s Cup, hav­ing com­peted in three cup’s over the years, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia’s vic­to­ri­ous 1983 win. We’ve had the great plea­sure of be­ing able to work closely with him over the last three decades and have found him to be a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional and also now a dear friend. I have a huge amount of re­spect for him and we’re over­joyed to be able to of­fi­cially an­nounce his ap­point­ment as leader of our great chal­lenge,” he said.

Mur­ray said when he re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion from HIYC to lead Aus­tralia back into the Amer­ica’s Cup for the first time since 2000, there was only ever go­ing to be one an­swer.

“We’ve al­ready had pos­i­tive pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions with Sir Rus­sell Coutts, and we are work­ing to­wards firm­ing up pro­to­col and equip­ment for the next Amer­ica’s Cup. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing closely with the de­fender and on be­half of the chal­lengers to mould the 35th cup into another mag­nif­i­cent sport­ing spec­ta­cle,” he said.

CUP VET­ERAN: Iain Mur­ray will be the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club’s Amer­ica’s Cup Chal­lenge.

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