Emirates Team New Zealand, Matteo de Nora (left) and Dean Barker on stage as season champions of the Audi MedCup 2010.
Emirates Team NZ mentor, Dr Matteo de Nora has been recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours list just published in New Zealand.
He is recognised both for his support of the world's premier professional sailing team, as well as funding private neurological medical research into tinnitus involving experts from around the world, including New Zealand.
He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. The Honour is the next step down from a Knighthood in the New Zealand Honours system.
Today, 6 June - being the first Monday in June, is celebrated as the Queen's Birtday in New Zealand and is one of two occasions in the year on which Honours are announced.
The full story and backgrounder can be read by http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10730515!clicking_here
(Tinnitus is a condition generally known as ringing in the ears. It is suffered by about 10% of the population, including Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell.)