Veteran sailor to lead Hamo’s Cup challenge
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.