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Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS)

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Factfile

Name Nathan Outteridge Iain Jensen
Nation Australia
Date of Birth 28 January 1986 23 May 1988
Place of Birth Newcastle, NSW Belmont, Lake Macquarie
Class sailed 49er
Profession Full time sailor with Australian Sailing Team
and Artemis Racing
Twitter @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.

Acheivements between 31 September 2011 and 31 August 2012

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

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

Outteridge: It was through my family, long history of sailing.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

Outteridge: My Pop's yacht, Northshore 27, at the age of 2. I started in dinghies at age 4
Jensen: Sabot

Name your first sailing club

Outteridge: Wangi Sailing Club
Jensen: Wangi Sailing Club What was the first event you competed in and in what year?Outteridge: NSW start titles at age 5, 1990

What are your personal sailing career highlights?

Outteridge: Winning an Olympic Gold medal in the 49er Class and x4 49er World Titles

What are your future sailing goals?

To win back to back gold Medals in the 49er class and to Win the Americas Cup

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

Outteridge: My Parents, they have been my biggest supporters for such a long time. No one has put more time money and effort into helping me be as successful as I can be.

Who is your sailing hero?

Outteridge: Chris Nicholson. He is from Lake Macquarie as well and was the leader in 49ers when they started. I used to watch him as a kid always wanted to be able to represent Australia at the Olympics just like he did.

What other sports do you enjoy?

Outteridge: Most other watersports - kitesurfing, surfing 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?

Outteridge: It's a huge honour to be nominated for the 3rd time, and even more special to share this nomination with Iain. We have had an amazing year in the 49er class and to be name Rolex Sailor's of the year would top of a perfect year sailing together.
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