Iain Murray appointed as Regatta Director for 36th America’s Cup

Renowned international yachtsman and regatta official Iain Murray has been appointed as the independent Regatta Director for the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series and the America’s Cup World Series Auckland including the Christmas Race.

Jointly appointed by the Defender Emirates Team New Zealand and the Challenger of Record (COR36), Iain is taking over from John Craig, who stepped down from the position late last year. Iain has a  solid background and reputation as yacht designer, skipper and yachtsman, including participation in four America’s Cup campaigns and several world championships in different classes, making him a respected figure in the world of international yachting.

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand says: “It is very gratifying for us to have secured the services of such a respected official as Iain as he brings a wealth of experience and integrity to the role of Regatta Director with a proven track record over the past two America’s Cup cycles.”

This will be the third time that Murray has held this prominent position, after having been appointed from 2010 to 2017 in the dual role of Regatta Director (34th & 35th America’s Cup) & CEO of America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM).

Having made his mark on the international racing scene sailing Skiffs in Waitemata Harbour, Iain’s experience and knowledge of the area will be an additional guarantee of fair racing for all the competitors.

In his capacity of Regatta Director Iain will also oversee the training of all personnel and volunteers involved in the racing, security, rescue and on-water management of different areas.

“I have known Iain for many years and I have witnessed his deep knowledge, competence and understanding of yachting and racing,” says Matteo Plazzi, Technical Director at COR 36. “The experience as Regatta Director he has developed in two ‘foiling’ America’s Cup cycles and the fairness he demonstrated during those years will be a prominent asset of paramount importance for conducting the racing with this unprecedented class of yachts.”

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