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Sir Russell Coutts, KNZM, CBE (born March 1, 1962 in Wellingtonmarker New Zealandmarker) is a competitive sailor who is considered by many to be the best sailor in the world. His achievements include a Gold medal in the Finn Class in the 1984 Olympic Games, winning the America's Cup three times, the ISAF World Youth championships, three World Match Racing Championships, numerous international match race wins and IOR, IMS and One Design World Championship victories.

In New Zealandmarker he has been honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the Knight Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit and has twice been the International Yacht Racing Union’s World Sailor of the Year. He holds an impressive record in the America's Cup, with 14 wins and no losses since 1995 winning three consecutive America's Cups (1995, 2000, 2003) (in 1992 he sustained two losses before being replaced as helmsman.) These achievements have led commentators to refer to him as "Mr. America's Cup", a title previously held by America's Cup legend Dennis Conner. Conner is also made comment of calling Coutts the world's greatest America's Cup skipper in 2003 in Auckland at the America's Cup ball.

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 under strictly controlled Class Rules. The concept and the design features of the RC 44 are dedicated to the amateur helmsmen racing in fleet racing sailing events.

In July 2007, Coutts was named CEO and Skipper of BMW Oracle Racing, the only American Challenger to the 2010 America's Cup. He has been involved in subsequent litigation between the Golden Gate Yacht Clubmarker and Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) regarding the 33rd America's Cup. SNG's team is Alinghi.

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