Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Aug-Sep 2015
TACK & GYBE 022 ©ACEA/GILLESMARTIN-RAGET/MARCIOJOSESANCHEZ the making – an Asian team with previous experience. They have all the equipment.” It’s very quiet on the Australian front, Murray confirmed. “It’s a big ask. I am sure Australians need to see stability in the event. The Oatleys pulling out didn’t make things any easier.” The loss of the Hamilton Island entry was a blow, he conceded. “But Hamilton Island may not have been lost if the rules had been in place earlier. The irony is, everything that the Oatleys wanted is now in place.” It’s probably a bit more complicated than just a case of venue and rule definition. Bob Oatley is the driving force behind the Hamilton Island entry as the patriarch of the family. “He is probably waiting, like everybody is, to see how AC35 goes.” What about the Myth? Is it in danger? “The America’s Cup has survived wars, depressions, lots of strife and contentious issues. It’s the oldest contested international sporting trophy.” Why do billionaires so covet the Cup? “It’s difficult to win, simple as that. For people who have a passion for the ocean and sailing, the America’s Cup is the top echelon of achievement in the sport. Why does Ellison want to own a basketball team? Because people like him, like building things that win. They like testing their hand and when they win, it’s a feather in their cap that only a few can claim.” After six or so years in the hot seat, for Murray, the allure of the Auld Mug has lost none of its lustre. “It is a treat to be involved at the pointy end of the sport. I love the evolution as boats go faster and faster. The competition, the teams and technology. As the boats get smaller and lighter, they achieve record speeds, which makes for thrilling racing.” What about the danger? “Yes, there is danger. We all have a lot of respect for the danger involved in these boats and this type of sailing. It is an issue. There is potential for error. We manage it as best we can. We learned a lot in AC34. I think we did well and implemented a lot more safety mechanisms.” As for a future beyond AC35, Murray is sublimely philosophical. “We’ll see. I am at the whim of the teams. Whether they ask me back is up to them.” HEART OF THE ACTION Right: “It is a treat to be involved at the pointy end of the sport,” says Murray. Below: Larry Ellison of Team Oracle USA brandishes the cup.
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