Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win

by Craig Heydon on 13 May 2012
Outteridge and Jensen on the final day of the 2012 49er World Championships Nikola Sisko
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia.

The win was Outteridge’s fourth world title and Jensen’s third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships.

Outteridge has won four of the last five 49er World Championships, having first tasted success back in 2008, alongside former crew Ben Austin, and then claiming the 2009, 2011 and now the 2012, titles with Jensen.

Outteridge and Jensen finished 13 points ahead of New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke with Danish duo Allan Norregaard and Peter Lang a further 15 back in third.



'It’s a great feeling to win a fourth World Championship and my third with Iain,' said Outteridge. 'We didn’t have the best day’s racing today but we were able to show that we can still win when we’re not sailing at our best, we were able to tough it out and get the job done.

'It sends a good message to the rest of the fleet and shows that the hard work we did earlier this year at home is really playing off,' he said. 'Even though we were winning consistently there were some weaknesses in our racing and I think this week has shown that they’re gone now.'

The Australian pair went into the final day with an eight point lead over the Kiwis with two races held early in the day in light conditions to decide the top 10 for the final medal race.

In the tricky conditions Outteridge and Jensen had their worst two results of the event, a 15th and a 12th but kept Burling and Tuke in check to actually extend their lead to 17 points heading into the medal race.

The brief for the medal race to secure the title was simple: don’t finish last, and the Australians made sure of that, crossing the line two places behind the Kiwis in eighth.

'The conditions were really tough today,' said Outteridge. 'The first two races were held in less than five knots. Then the medal race was right in close to shore and it was between five and 10 knots with mega shifts making it really challenging.'

'We’re really happy for the Kiwis to be up there,' he said. 'We’ve been pushing each other for the past two years and it’s rewarding to see both crews at the front. We’ll take a lot of confidence from this into the Olympics and hopefully we can both be there fighting at the front come the medal race in Weymouth.

'We’re only as good as those that we train against and while the results may look easy we can’t do it without those around us and our coach Emmett Lazich is a major part of that,' he said. 'It’s very satisfying to win four World Championships, and three since teaming up with Iain in 2009, and that success was never going to happen without the support of Emmett.'

The pair’s win made it two World Championship titles for the Australian Sailing Team in three days following Tom Slingsby’s victory in the Laser class on Thursday in Germany.

'It’s a big thrill to win any World Championship but it’s extra special to do it in an Olympic year,' said Jensen. 'I think it means more to do it this year. At the end of the day 2012 is all about winning Olympic gold so it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if we hadn’t won, but it’s great to show where we’re at and our strength in a whole range of conditions.

'With the Olympics getting close now we’re feeling quite good as a team,' he said. 'There are a few little things we need to finalise but it’s all coming together and we’re looking forward to getting to Weymouth in a few weeks for more training ahead of the Sail for Gold regatta.'

Outteridge now heads to Venice for the next round of the America’s Cup World Series and the 2012 49er World Champions will be back racing the 49er in at round six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth in early June, their final event there before the London 2012 Olympic Games.

West Australian sailors Luke Parkinson and Jaspar Warren finished 19th overall in the silver fleet in their first World Championship together.

Parkinson and Warren finished 12th and 13th in the two races held on the final day.

Full results can be found at http://www.49erworlds.org/index.php/overall-results/.

Southern Spars - 100Wildwind 2016 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Does the America's Cup really need a Star Chamber?
The first meeting of the three-man America's Cup Arbitration Panel is believed to have taken place in London The first meeting of the three-man America's Cup Arbitration Panel is believed to have taken place in London in the past week or so. Officially the date hasn't been publicly announced. The venue hasn't been publicly named, and the parties have appeared before a Panel that is publicly nameless.
Posted on 23 Jul
America's Cup - Glenn Ashby on Emirates Team NZ's road to Bermuda
Part 2 of the interview with Emirates Team NZ skipper Glenn Ashby. In this part of the interview we look at what is going to happen once Emirates Team NZ get their 'AC49.5' sailing in Auckland, and how the campaign may shape up before they leave for Bermuda. Ashby wouldn’t be drawn on whether Team New Zealand had started their AC50 build, with July being the usual start of what is usually a five-month build and commissioning period for an end of December launch.
Posted on 10 Jul
America's Cup - Glenn Ashby on Emirates Team NZ's new AC49.5
Sail-World talks with Emirates Team NZ skipper, Glenn Ashby on what is different about the team's new test boat Just under 11 months out from the 35th America’s Cup, Team New Zealand does not seem to be in its customary place at the front of the starting grid to be the first to launch their Challenger, or are they? Although they will be one of the last of the six teams to launch an AC45 Surrogate, Emirates Team New Zealand may have stolen a march with a boat that is as close as you can get to an AC50.
Posted on 9 Jul
Gladwell's Line - Emirates Team NZ launches shadow AC50
Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC4 Emirates Team NZ took a late but significant step along the road to the 35th America's Cup, with the launch of their AC45S - as the test boats are called in the Protocol which governs the 2017 event. The bloated Protocol, which now runs to 83 pages of legalese, is restrictive on the size of boat that can be built as a test platform but doesn't restrict the number that can be built.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Rio 2016 - Double Olympic medallist on the delights of Guanabara Bay
Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist Bruce Kendall updates on the 2016 Olympic venue at Guanabara Bay. Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist, and now a windsurfer coach, Bruce Kendall has made several trips to the 2016 Olympic venue at Guanabara Bay. He updates on the pollution issue which is clearly not going to be resolved in a couple of months, and also shares his views on the venue from a sailing competition perspective.
Posted on 14 Jun
America's Cup - Artemis win Chicago as Team Japan wins two races
Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. After losing the first official day of racing due to light winds and the non-arrival of the onshore breeze, Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series got three races away on Super Sunday. From a racing perspective this was probably the best day of racing yet in the series which counts for points in the Qualifying Series of the America's Cup in 11 months time.
Posted on 12 Jun
America's Cup - Emirates TNZ NZ and Oracle capsize in Chicago Practice
Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA capsized in Practice Racing at the Louis Vuitton ACWS Chicago There was action aplenty on Practice Day at Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago, after Emirates Team New Zealand capsized in their match with Oracle Team USA, and then Oracle Team USA capsized later in the day. Team NZ's skipper skipper Glenn Ashby performed some impressive acrobatics ejecting from the AC45 capsize, without injury.
Posted on 11 Jun
America's Cup - Changes proposed to control future Cup options
Changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing according to the Daily Telegraph (UK) News that changes are being mooted to put the America's Cup on a longer-term footing is being floated in the Daily Telegraph (UK) by the British Challenger, Land Rover BAR. According to the Telegraph, some of the teams in the 2017 America's Cup are keen to lock-in parameters which would bind successive holders of the a style and frequency for the next America's Cup Match.
Posted on 8 Jun
America's Cup - AC50 construction uncovered - Part 2 - Wings and Costs
Second part of a two-part series looking at the AC50 construction progress at Core Builders Composites Second part of a two-part series looking at the construction progress at Core Builders Composites, and features of the AC50 class which will be used in the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda. Tim Smyth takes us on a tour of the CBC facility in Warkworth, and hour's drive north of Auckland. Where several AC50's, components and wingsails are under construction or have already been shipped to the teams.
Posted on 5 Jun