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Catch up with Iain Murray, 2019 Etchells World Champion

Sailing.Dog’s Andrew Palfrey caught up with his old Star class helm, Iain Murray, in Cowes, England.


Iain has an amazingly long and diverse sailing resume, going back to winning his first of six consecutive 18 Foot Skiff JJ Giltinan titles in 1977. Since then, Iain has skippered and managed America’s Cup campaigns, represented Australia in an Olympic Games and won several Sydney Hobart Yacht Races aboard Wild Oats XI. The list goes on… Iain is always guiding the design and technology of whatever project he gets his teeth into.


He’s having another busy year. Iain is the Race Director for SailGP and is also the Performance Director of Australian Sailing. In between times, he’s able to slip away and win sailing regattas in the Etchells class.


Iain and Andrew discuss the level of planning, detail and execution that went into the dominant display by Iain and his team of Richie Alanson and Colin Beashel at the recent Etchells World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas. Incredibly, this victory was thirty five years after his first Etchells World Championship win.


Apologies about the expletives!





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