After distinguishing himself by winning a Finn world championship
and an Olympic gold medal in the early '80s, Coutts (b. 1962) turned
his attention to match racing. He dominated the professional match
racing circuit for the better part of a decade and in 1995 won it's top
prize, the America's Cup, skippering for Team New Zealand. A successful
defense followed in 2000.
In the wake of that triumph Coutts
switched to Ernesto Bertarelli's Swiss Alinghi syndicate, of which he
was Executive Director and skipper for its 2003 Cup challenge. In March
2003, Alinghi defeated Team New Zealand 5-0 to return the Cup to Europe.
Sailing World conducted an interview with Russell Coutts shortly after his induction into the Hall of Fame-to read, click here