Russell Coutts’s achievements include winning the America’s Cup four times (in 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2010), a Gold medal in the Finn Class in the 1984 Olympics, numerous international match race wins and IOR, IMS and One Design World Championship victories. Ηe has been honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the Knight Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit. He has also twice been the International Yacht Racing Union’s World Sailor of the Year. In 2005 he designed – together with Slovenian designer Andrej Justin – a new boat called the RC 44; a high performance one design racer created for top level racing in international regattas. In July 2006 he took part, with Atalanti XVI, in the Audi Med Cup.