Outteridge and Jensen lining up to make 49er history
Just three races now remain with Outteridge and Jensen holding an eight point lead over New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, with French sailors Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis a further 21 behind.
The crews again faced light conditions in Zadar today with three races shuffling the pack, though the constant was the trans-Tasman pair at the front.
Outteridge and Jensen finished the day with an eighth, a fourth and a win, with Burling and Tuke closing the gap slightly.
“We had another great day today,” said Outteridge. “Again we were just aiming for consistent results and we did just that. It’s great to see the Kiwis right up there with us. We have been training together for about three years now and it clearly shows that we have a very strong training group.
“Even though it looks like we both have a big lead over the rest of the fleet we still have two races to go before the medal race. So we need to ensure we have a good first race tomorrow then we can focus on the Kiwis. The first two races tomorrow are scheduled to be nice and early where it going to be very light as the wind hasn’t been coming in till around 12pm. The points are close but we have a good drop at the moment being an eighth versus the Kiwis 19th so we are in a good position.”
If the Australians finish tomorrow on top of the podium Outteridge will become the first sailor ever to win four 49er World Championships and along with Jensen will have won three of the last four. Previously Chris Nicholson won the first three 49er Worlds, while Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez won the Worlds in 2002, 2004 and 2010.
“If we win tomorrow it would mean a lot to us for a number of reasons,” said Outteridge. “I think is shows that we can win in any condition, we won the worlds in Garda and Perth in typically windy conditions and we are known for being good in the wind. In contrast this week we haven't had a race over 10kts and have mostly been sailing in 6 knots so it’s great to show that we can do it in the light winds,” he said. “It also feels like we are being rewarded for the years of hard work and attention to detail.”
The forecast for tomorrow’s racing calls for a bit more wind.
Finals races gold fleet results:
|1||Nathan Outteridge||Iain Jensen||AUS||2||-8||6||8||4||1||61||42|
|2||Peter Burling||Blair Tuke||NZL||4||-19||2||RDG||1||3||77||50|
|3||Manu DYEN||Stephane CHRISTIDIS||FRA||8||7||10||4||2||(BFD)||110||72|
|4||Jesse Kirkland||Alexander Kirkland||BER||16||2||15||1||3||(BFD)||133||81|
|5||Federico Alonso Tellechea||Arturo Alonso||ESP||10||14||-22||14||13||4||113||83|
|6||Peter Kruger-Andersen||Nicolai Thorsell||DEN||5||6||-18||18||5||11||121||85|
|7||Marcin Czajkowski||Jacek Piasecki||POL||-21||1||4||16||6||9||128||87|
|8||Erik Heil||Thomas Ploessel||GER||13||3||3||5||9||-16||121||87|
|9||Allan Norregaard||Peter Lang||DEN||9||-23||1||13||12||2||123||89|
|10||Marcus Hansen||Josh Porebski||NZL||-14||10||7||3||7||12||126||93|
|11||Tobias Schadewaldt||Hannes Baumann||GER||7||16||20||-24||10||15||125||93|
|12||Lukasz Przybytek||Pawel Kolodzinski||POL||12||9||RDG||15||11||(BFD)||134||96|
|13||Julien d'Ortoli||Noe Delpech||FRA||-17||15||14||6||16||6||134||102|
|14||Nico Delle - Karth||Nikolaus Leopold Resch||AUT||3||(BFD)||8||11||8||BFD||150||109|
|15||Tomasz Januszewski||Jacek Nowak||POL||15||11||11||9||-24||7||157||113|
|16||Jorge Lima||Josa Luis Costa||POR||11||12||19||-22||14||14||151||115|
|17||Pavle Kostov||Petar Cupac||CRO||1||20||-21||12||17||17||166||122|
|18||Pietro Sibello||Ganfranco Sibello||ITA||6||4||13||-19||18||13||156||123|
|19||Yukio Makino||Kenji Takahashi||JPN||(BFD)||13||5||21||19||5||181||129|
|20||Ribeaud Thomas||Scotto di Fasano Sabastien||FRA||-22||17||12||10||22||18||172||131|
|21||Lauri Lehtinen||Kalle Bask||FIN||20||5||17||20||21||(BFD)||176||132|
|22||Gordon Cook||Hunter Lowden||CAN||-23||22||9||17||15||10||183||141|
|23||Dionisis Dimou||Mihalis Pateniotis||GRE||-24||21||23||2||20||8||181||142|
|24||Axel Silvy||Ulysse Hoffmann||FRA||18||24||16||23||25||(BFD)||206||163|
|25||Justus Schmidt||Max Boehme||GER||19||18||24||25||23||(BFD)||206||163|