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Iain Murray AM inducted into Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

and also inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the New York Yacht Club.

Last Friday night, as part of the annual Australian Sailing Awards night, RSYS member Iain Murray was inducted into Australian Sailing’s Hall of Fame. At the end of October Iain was also inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the New York Yacht Club.

Iain Murray's name is one that is synonymous with the sport of sailing in Australia. His journey through the maritime world began at a young age, marked by unparalleled dedication and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

The yacht-designer, boatbuilder, offshore sailor, Olympic competitor, Olympic coach, and multiple 18ft-skiff world champion has dedicated his life to the sport.

As a sailor, he won six consecutive World Championships in the 18-foot skiff class from 1977 to 1982 before moving on to sailing in four America's Cup campaigns including as project director/design team and helmsman for Kevin Parry's Kookaburra Syndicate for the 1987 America's Cup defence.

He was recognised as the Australian Yachtsmen of the Year in 1984. In the same year he won the World Etchells championship, a title he won again an amazing 35 years later in Corpus Christi, Texas.

His long-standing involvement with the Sydney to Hobart yacht race includes 27 races, 9 line honours and three overall victories to date along with race records.

America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the New York Yacht Club.

He won an Admiral's Cup in 2003, represented Australia in the Star class at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was the Campaign Director for the Australian Olympic Sailing Team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and in 2023 inductee into the America's Cup Hall of Fame.

Murray has stayed heavily involved as an official, serving as Regatta Director of the America's Cup in 2013, 2017 and 2021, and will hold the role at the 2024 America's Cup in Barcelona.

He has also been the Regatta Director for SailGP since its inception in 2018.

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