Sail-World’s Richard Gladwell recently interviewed Iain Murray, and he came away with not a lot that is groundbreaking, but a lot that echoes or confirms what has been rumored, bandied, leaked or guessed at in the long wait for a Protocol for America’s Cup 35.
Murray, most recently CEO of America’s Cup Race Management, has been many things in the sailing world, from skiff champion to Cup designer and skipper. He has deep background with the Oatley family, which owns Hamilton Island Resort and the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, and he was the choice to head their effort as Challenger of Record. These past months, it’s been Murray (“Jethro” to those who go back to his skiff days) in negotiation with Russell Coutts of Oracle Racing, hammering out an agreement for 62-foot catamarans and working toward a protocol.
I agree with Gladwell that Oracle’s plan to sail with the challenging teams, even part of the time, has unfortunate echoes that will require careful explanation (my phrasing) of why this is a good or necessary thing. As ever, grafting a circuit onto an America’s Cup match (sorry, Russell, a match is what it comes down to) just doesn’t come natural-like, desirable though it may be.
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