Sir Russell Coutts won his first regatta in Dunedin at age nine and at 22 won an Olympic gold medal in the Finn class. In addition to an impressive series of international victories, including the Nippon Cup, the Bermuda Cup, and the World Match Racing championships, Russell has won and defended the America’s Cup. Russell is a passionate and inspirational coach and patron with an unparalleled depth of experience and knowledge.
Matthew learnt to sail at age 10 as one of the founding sailors of the Russell Coutts Sailing Foundation. He sailed in the Open Skiff for two years before moving into the ILCA 6 and achieved multiple national podiums over the last three years. Matthew has been coaching since he was 15 and is currently sailing the ILCA 7.