America's Cup update with Iain Murray

Upgrades to the AC45 and prospective teams
With the America’s Cup World Series in full swing in San Diego, Regatta Director for the 34th America’s Cup and CEO, America’s Cup Race Management Iain Murray took time out to bring us up to speed with the latest development in Cup-land. San Diego looks set to be the last America’s Cup World Series event for the AC45s until Naples over 7-15 April next year, followed by Venice over 12-20 May. Negotiations to take the event down under to an antipodean venue has come to nothing and a decision has finally been made this week to pull the plug on this. “Our ship is loading and heading to Naples and is planning to discharge there before Christmas,” says Murray. “It looks like a number of teams will get off at Valencia. Emirates Team New Zealand is considering taking its boat back down under and I have heard that Oracle are considering taking their boats to San Francisco. The bulk of the equipment is going to Naples. We have informed the shipping company. The ship is coming back.” There are no limitations on teams training over the winter on their AC45s and with GreenComm and Artemis Racing already based in Valencia it seems likely that the 32nd America’s Cup venue will once again be the hub of America’s Cup activity for a few months. Murray says that ACRM will assist in the teams with their winter training, running informal racing if required, but they won’t be laying on an America’s Cup World Series event in Valencia. “We have built very strong standards in broadcast and regatta management, so for us to go back and put a public show on that is not what we are doing here is not really in our interests of promoting our assets of the America’s Cup going forwards.”