IODA Optimist World Championship
31 Oct 14
Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz has been crowned 2014 Optimist World Champion after a strong week of sail boat racing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
|Name||Nathan Outteridge||Iain Jensen|
|Date of Birth||28 January 1986||23 May 1988|
|Place of Birth||Newcastle, NSW||Belmont, Lake Macquarie|
|Profession||Full time sailor with Australian Sailing Team
and Artemis Racing
|@nath49er||Click here for a photo gallery|
Childhood friends Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have raised the bar in the 49er since they teamed up in the class in 2009.
The Australians have been a permanent fixture on podiums and only a second place at the 2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise tarnishes a near perfect record in the nomination period.
On home waters at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship they turned their slow start around to conquer the Fremantle Doctor and their second 49er World Championship title. They successfully defended their title at the 2012 49er Worlds in Zadar, Croatia which teed them up nicely to take two further regatta wins and the 2011-2012 49er ISAF Sailing World Cup title.
Their run in to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition had been sublime and having won every regatta sailed in at Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain they were clear favourites for Olympic gold.
Their confident approach continued at London 2012 and a race win on the opening day of the regatta set them on their way and with no race finishes outside of the top ten the competition had been crushed. A hefty blow was dealt to their competitors when they took gold with a race to spare.
Gold medal - London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - August 2012
2012 49er World Champions - 49er Worlds, Zadar, Croatia - May 2012
2011 49er World Champions - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, Perth, Australia - December 2011
#1 on world rankings by June 2012
1 overall - 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta Weymouth and Portland, GBR - June 2012
2 - Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile, Hyeres, FRA - April 2012
1 - Sail Melbourne, Melbourne, AUS - November 2011
Outteridge: Winning an Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class and x4 49er World Titles
To win back to back gold Medals in the 49er class and to Win the Americas Cup