Matteo de Nora joined Team New Zealand after the 2000 America's Cup when he founded the Mates Group of supporters. Over the years he has increased his involvement and was active in the planning and implementation of the team’s participation in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, the 34th and the 35th America’s Cup.
During his association, the team has won the America’s Cup in 2017, three Louis Vuitton Cups (2007, 2013, and 2017), the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, the Louis Vuitton Trophy regattas (2009-2010), as well as the very competitive MedCup season championships in 2009 and 2010.
Matteo has participated in many sports over the years; he is an experienced yachtsman having sailed extensively all the world’s great oceans.
In 2011, the New Zealand Government honoured Matteo with a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to New Zealand’s America’s Cup campaigns and for medical research in neurology.