49er favourite

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Aussie ace Nathan Outteridge tells us about his campaign
Going into the Olypmic Games, even Ben Ainslie would be hard pressed to replicate Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen’s near perfect record in the 49er. Since 2008 the Australian team has won the World Championship every year bar 2010 when in the Bahamas the title went to Spanish sailing weapons Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez leaving them second. In fact in every 49er event Outteridge and Jensen have sailed in in this Olympic cycle they have finished on the podium, with the exception of one when they finished fourth. But, like team mate Tom Slingsby, Outteridge has been in this position before - favourite going into Beijing, only to finish off the podium, with a fifth place after a disastrous capsize close to the finish line of the medal race destroyed his chances. When it comes to the Olympic Games, he very much has unfinished business. Since Beijing, Outteridge has changed crew from Ben Austin back to Iain Jensen (aka ‘Goobs’), a childhood friend, Lake Macquarie neighbour and former crew – the two won the Junior 420 World title together in Melbourne back in 2004. Australia is obviously home of the skiff with the high profile 18ft skiff racing that takes place on Sydney Harbour as well as the 12 and 16ft skiff classes. The Bethwaites are also from there with the 49er having been penned by Bethwaite son Julian. When the Olympic skiff was introduced for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 it was Australian Chris Nicholson and crew Daniel Phillips and latterly Ed Smyth who picked up the first three World titles over 1997-9. However like Outteridge to date, Nicholson never managed to translate this success to the Olympics, finishing a disappointing 6th on home waters in Sydney and then 7th in Athens. According to Outteridge their time in the Olympic