Nathan Outteridge is accustomed to finishing on the podium and is most well known for being at the very top of his game in the 49er class. But it is the diversity of his sailing talent that really sets him apart from the crowd - within the nomination period he posted top twelve finishes at no less than five different Class World Championships.
In January 2011 he blasted his way to world championship glory in the International Moth before slipping seamlessly into the Laser SB3, picking up regatta wins including the Australian National title. Outteridge then joined the Farr 40 Estate Master crew as strategist and guided them to the podium at the Australian Nationals and fifth overall at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds in Sydney. The final regatta before heading to Europe was the 505 Worlds in Hamilton Island, where he finishing ninth overall with 49er crew Iain Jensen.
First stop was the UK for the SB3 World Championships where Outteridge finished twelfth overall in a fleet of over 100 boats before travelling to the Netherlands to join the World Cup circuit in the 49er. Second place at the Delta Lloyd Regatta was followed up by first at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta before back to back wins including the Open Europeans and the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.
At just 25 years of age Nathan Outteridge is a class act. With an undeniable talent and a great sense of sportsmanship he is a true ambassador for the sport of sailing.
Acheivements between 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2011
1 - Zhik International Moth World Championship, Lake Macquarie, AUS - Jan 2011 (and 1st in pre-worlds)
1 - International Moth Australian National Championship, Lake Macquarie, AUS - Jan 2011
1 - Zhik Austrailan 49er Championship, NSW, AUS - ISAF Grade 3 - Nov 2010
2 - Sail Sydney, Woollara, AUS - ISAF Grade 2 - Dec 2010
4 - Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS - ISAF Grade 1 - Dec 2010
2 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - May 2011
1 - Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth, GBR - ISAF Grade 2 - Jun 2011
ISAF Sailing World Cup - fifth overall
1 - Open Europeans, Helsinki, FIN - ISAF Grade C1 - Jun 2011
1 - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, Weymouth, GBR - Aug 2011
9 - SAP 505 World Championship, Hamilton Island, AUS - Apr 2011
Melges 32 - (Bliksem)
9 - Melges 32 World Championship, San Francsico - Sep 2010 (2nd at pre-worlds)
Farr 40 (Estate Manager - Strategist)
1 - AUDI King of the Docklands, Melbourne, AUS - Jan 2011
1 - AUDI Victoria Race Week, Geelong, AUS - Jan 2011
1 - SB3 Australian Nationals, Port Stephens, AUS - Apr 2011
12 - Zhik SB3 World Championship, Torquay, GBR - Apr 2011 (3rd at Pre-Worlds)
3 - Farr 40 Australian Championship (Australian Champions), Sydney, AUS - Feb 2011
5 - Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Sydney, AUS - Feb 2011 (1st at Pre-Worlds)
What inspired you to take up sailing?
What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?
A North Shore 27 when I was less than a year.
Name your first sailing club
Wangi Sailing Club
What was the first event you competed in and in what year?
Probably a club championship in teh Sabot in 1990.
What are you personal sailing career highlights?
Undefeated at the Weymouth 2012 Olympic venue.
2 times 49er World Champion
3 times ISAF Youth Worlds Championin
What are your future sailing goals?
Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?
Emmett Lazich my coach. He ensures that I am doing what it takes to be my best.
Who is your sailing hero?
Chris Nicholson, Skiff legend.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Most water sports, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?
It is a huge honour to be nominated as ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year. I have had an amazing year in the 49er class as well as in many other classes. If I was to be voted the winner it would put me in a class of champion sailors who have excelled in many areas and I would be honoured to be a part of this group at such a young age.