America's Cup: Team NZ coach says Oracle comeback a 'big ask'


The man who helped mastermind Oracle's comeback in San Francisco says it's a big ask for them to do it again this time.

Murray Jones has now returned to work for Team New Zealand as its coach and says he sees many parallels between the crew this year and the group that won the cup in 1995.

Having worked closely with Sir Russell Coutts on Oracle's America's Cup comeback in 2013, Murray Jones says there's more limited scope in the rules for any significant change to the boats this time, they'll be refining sailing technique instead. 

Team New Zealand's dominance is especially remarkable as their budget has been just a fraction of Oracle's. They've had one test boat while other teams are thought to have had up to four. 

"This experience for me has a lot of parallels with our 1995 team where we had quite a low budget relative to most of the other teams and we used our resources really well and in some ways because we didn't have the money - we used our time very wisely," Mr Jones told Newshub. 

And it's not the only parallel he sees with the team who won on Black Magic in San Diego. 

"With team New Zealand 95 it was a relatively young team, and in some ways a little bit green and hungry, and that's exactly what this one is as far as Peter's qualities.

"He is an incredible sailor and even though he's young, his grasp of the design factors has really given him a big advantage over the other skippers in this competition. He's actually quite similar to Russell Coutts in that regard. 

The acolades aren't just coming from his Team New Zealand teammates - the local Bermudian paper describes him as 'younger, brighter, faster'. 

Jones was brought into the team to help Burling with match-racing strategy and has been a crucial cog.