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Russell COUTTS (SUI)

Russell COUTTS (SUI)Skippering Alinghi, Russell Coutts won the XXXI America's Cup Match and in so doing swept history aside to create his own.

Having walked the Louis Vuitton Cup with a 5-1 victory over Oracle BMW, the dream of bringing the America's Cup to Europe for the first time in its 152 year history was one step closer.

The America's Cup Match was claimed with a similar command and a straight line win of 5-0 against Team New Zealand, with dominance throughout as Alinghi won three of the five starts, all five first crosses and led at the first windward mark in every race.

They lost one lead, in Race 2, before staging a dramatic comeback on the run to the finish. Alinghi also became the only syndicate to have won the America's Cup on its first attempt.

With the victory, Russell Coutts became the all time winning skipper in the America's Cup Match. He won 14 races without a loss, adding the five wins of 2003 to the nine he earned with Team New Zealand in the 1995 and 2000 campaigns, surpassing Dennis Conner for total victories and Charlie Barr for most without a loss. His third consecutive America's Cup victory ties him with Harold Vanderbilt and Charlie Barr.

The Achievements of Russell Coutts

1st - Louis Vuitton Cup, January 2003
1st - XXXI America's Cup Match, March 2003
4th - Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, July 2003
3rd - Hamilton Island Race Week (IRC), August 2003
6th - 2003 ISAF World Match Racing Championship, August 2003 - Grade W

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