Skiff ace to foiler guru


 
Australia's Nathan Outteridge discusses his sailing
Australia is decidedly a force to be reckoned at present within Olympic sailing and one of their most talented of their number is certainly 49er helm Nathan Outteridge. Just 23 years old, Outteridge has already won the last two World Championships in the Olympic skiff and was favourite going into Beijing last year, only to see victory slip between his fingers. Otherwise in addition to his 49er success, between 2002 and 2004 Outteridge won three consecutive gold medals at the ISAF Youth World Championships, the only other person ever to have achieved this being New Zealand legend, Chris Dickson. Few would question that he is one of the world’s best sailors of his generation. “We were sitting top three for the whole event and were third in the medal race,” says Outteridge of what happened at the Games last year. “We were leading the medal race and capsized 300m from the finish line. So we went from gold, to silver to bronze to fifth all in about a minute. We had one capsize with the kite up and another capsize when we were out of medal contention. You spend four years preparing for a light wind regatta and it all gets decided on a really windy race with people capsizing everywhere. We are obviously making up for it at the moment and we’ll just keep it going I guess.” And making up for it he is. Since the Games Outteridge has teamed up with a new crew in the form of Ian Jensen. In fact the duo sailed together in the 420 and won a Youth Worlds together. “We were thinking about it when I was getting to the 49er, but Ian was still in year 10 at school - he was a couple of years younger than me - so he

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