NSWIS sailor Nathan Outteridge has been named as a finalist in the prestigious 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards for his outstanding year on the water.
Last year NSWIS sailor Tom Slingsby was crowned 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, becoming the first Australian to achieve such a distinction.
From The International Sailing Federation:
Nathan Outteridge (AUS)
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.
Click here to read more about Nathan and his achievements www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2011/nathan-outteridge.php
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