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Team NZ recruit America's Cup guru Jones

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/12/2016

Murray Jones (file photo) © VALENTIN FLAURAUD/Reuters Murray Jones (file photo) Team New Zealand has boosted its chances of reclaiming the America's Cup by signing five-time winner Murray Jones.

Six months out from the regatta in Bermuda, the Kiwi syndicate has secured the services of veteran Cup campaigner Jones, whose role will be to fine tune all elements of their sailing.

Wellingtonian Jones, who won the Auld Mug with Team New Zealand in 1995 and 2000, was identified by Team NZ as one of the key figures behind Oracle Team USA's comeback victory in 2013, beating the Kiwis 9-8 in a dramatic Cup match.

They acknowledge the 59-year-old's understanding of what makes both a boat and team work to its optimum is his

"It's great to be back, it has been a long time since I was part of this team," Jones said.

"I have a lot of friends in the team and a lot of people that I have respected over the years and obviously a really great sailing and design team."

Jones says he hasn't been involved with the America's Cup since his stint with the defenders in San Francisco.

However, he developed itchy feet as the Bermuda regatta loomed closer so jumped at the chance when approached by Team NZ sailing team director Glenn Ashby.

Ashby says while a lot of big decisions have been made, Jones can add huge value over the coming months.

"Coming in at this stage Murray can provide a fresh perspective on progress and knows better than most where priorities should lie from here."

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