Outteridge looking invincible

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Aussie 49er ace nearly bags Skandia Sail for Gold with a day to spare
Nathan Outteridge could have been on the road to Switzerland this morning towing his brand new Mach 2 foiling Moth, with the 49er win at Skandia Sail for Gold bagged a day early. However Friday’s mixed conditions worked against Outteridge and his crew Iain Jensen and while through the preceding days their worst result was an 8th, today they posted a disappointing 18-2-17 - still in the lead, a comfortable 16 points ahead of this week’s early leaders, Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis from France, but not en route to the Syz & Co Moth Europeans a day early as he had hoped. “It was just shifty and erratic,” said Outteridge of Friday’s conditions. “It was cloud-driven and some rain came through at the end. You couldn’t predict everything – we did the best we could, but in the last race we were in 6th and it went 30-40deg left and we went from 6th to 20th. If we had just held in that position we wouldn’t need to race tomorrow. So we are a bit disappointed, but we are still happy with our lead.” Conditions in Weymouth over the last couple of days have become a little as they were a year ago. Weymouth Bay becomes awkward in the extreme when the wind comes anywhere out of the north - offshore with the breeze rocketing down from the hills. “The first couple of days it was really stable,” says Outteridge. “But then as it has gone around to the right the weather has been getting really unstable everywhere and it doesn’t matter if you have land effects or not. On our course today in between the second and last race we had anything from no wind to 12 knots and we had 45 degree shifts and then they just sent us