America's Cup veteran to head Aussie syndicate

Last updated 08:14 29/11/2013

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Tyson Fury splashes out on $9000 caravan after winning boxing's heavyweight belts Shute: Why the time is right for San Francisco 49ers to reinstate Jarryd Hayne New Zealand triathletes need to find consistent form with Rio near World Series 2015 winner Kansas Royals players each get $561,000 victor's bonus French America's Cup skipper Franck Cammas has foot 'partially severed' Lance Franklin back at Sydney Swans training after break for mental health issues Specialist Specialized bike fitter helps Triathlon New Zealand's Rio chances Natalie Rooney claims Olympic quota spot Emma Twigg sets new indoor rowing 5000m mark to join fellow NZ record holders Team New Zealand shift to smaller Auckland waterfront base

America's Cup veteran Iain Murray will head Australia's syndicate for the next regatta.

The affable and vastly experienced Murray has been confirmed as chief executive of Hamilton Island Yacht Club's Team Australia, which is the challenger of record.

That role sees them help shape the rules for the next event along with cup holders Oracle.

Murray already has a close relationship with Oracle after being regatta director for the last event in San Francisco this year.

The 55-year-old Murray competed in the 1983, 1987 and 1992 America's Cups.

He has a strong allegiance to Bob Oatley, the multimillionaire who owns the Hamilton Island Yacht Club.

"Iain knows what it takes to win an America's Cup, having competed in three cups over the years," Oatley said in a statement.

"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."

Murray is thrilled to head the first Australian challenge in more than a decade.

"I have long been an avid supporter and ally of Bob Oatley," Murray said.

"When I received the invitation to lead Australia back into the America's Cup for the first time since 2000 on behalf of their Hamilton Island Yacht Club, there was only ever going to be one answer."

Oracle and Team Australia are working on the format for the next event that is expected to retain radical catamarans with San Francisco the favourite to host the regatta, probably in 2017.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content