America's Cup veteran to head Aussie syndicate

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 08:14 29/11/2013

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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.

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