Murray Selwyn Jones (born 1957 in Lower Hutt) is a New Zealand sailor.

Sailing career

Jones represented New Zealand in the Flying Dutchman class in 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics.[1] Jones finished 5th in 1988 and 4th in 1992, alongside Greg Knowles.

Jones was part of Team New Zealand that won the America's Cup in 1995 and then defended the trophy in 2000. Jones was one of six prominent sailors who then left Team New Zealand and joined Alinghi, winning the 2003 America's Cup and 2007 America's Cup. Jones was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2010.[2]

Along with Russell Coutts, Jones later joined Oracle Team USA and was involved in the 2013 America's Cup victory.[3]

Jones re-joined Team New Zealand for the 2017 America's Cup.[4]

Personal life

Jones married Jan Shearer. His daughter, Gemma, is a sailor and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics.


  1. ^ "Murray Jones – New Zealand Olympic Team". 9 February 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ The 17th America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on 18 September 2010. "America's Cup Stars Shine at Hall of Fame Induction". 21 September 2010. America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Archived 3 August 2019 at the Wayback Machine webpage. Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Rod Davis and Murray Jones return to Team New Zealand for Cup campaign". Stuff. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ "America's Cup Hall of Famer Murray Jones: Oracle 'form boat' but it's wide open". Stuff. Retrieved 26 June 2017.