Sails : April May 2010
FIRST & LAST 086 First sailing experience... The frst time I remember sailing was in a Manly Junior with my dad when I was about three. I have been told that I had been sailing many times before that on my family’s yacht. After a couple of months of learning how to sail with my dad he gave me the tiller and by the time I was four I told him that he was slowing me down and to let me sail it with one of my mates. From then I have had the tiller frm in my hand. First job... First job was probably a coaching role. After winning the Sabot Nationals at age of 12 I was then asked back the following year to coach the NSW Junior team at the Nationals. First car... Amazingly I have never owned a car. When I fnished school and started sailing full time I had no money so I had to borrow my parents’ car when they weren’t using it. As you could imagine after a couple of years of doing this they told me I had to go out and get one myself. For the next couple of years I was fortunate enough to have a job working to Deck Hardware in Sydney and had a company car. At the end of 2006, Audi became a sponsor of the Australian Sailing Team so ever since then I have been driving around in one of their very nice Q7s. This is by far the best car I have ever driven and perfect for me as I spend many hours towing boats to and from events. First race you ever won... It must have been a two-up Sabot club race at Wangi Sailing Club. We had a strong feet and I remember one race where I beat all the one-up Sabots. First time you knew sailing would be your career... From a young age all I wanted to do was sail. I was always told that there was no way that I could just sail and that I needed a job to pay for all my sailing. I probably realised that sailing was going to become my career during 2006 in my frst year sailing 49ers in Europe where we placed sixth at the worlds. This result was signifcant for many reasons. Firstly, it qualifed me for funding from the Australian Sailing Team. Secondly, it put me in a strong position for 2008 Olympic selection, and I also proved to myself that I could compete with the best in the world at an international level. Since those worlds I have been sailing full time with the main focus on Olympic level sailing, but I have recently started doing some yacht racing with my last role as the youngest tactician at the 2009 Rolex Farr 40 Worlds. First big disappointment/setback... The biggest setback of my life so far happened in 2005. I had just started sailing the 49er and was driving to Sail Melbourne to compete and had a car accident on the trip down. I suffered a spinal injury and spent fve weeks in hospital and a further nine months out of sailing. Amazingly I was able to get back into 49er sailing and within nine months of getting back in the boat came sixth at the 49er worlds. The biggest disappointment I have had in my sailing career was capsizing in the medal race at the Olympics while in gold medal position with only 300 metres to the fnish line, and ending up ffth overall. Having spent three years preparing for this event and to come so close yet fall short is very tough and it remains a major motivator in my preparations for the 2012 Olympics. First impressions of the Olympics... It’s a great event, very different to any World Championships or international event. The added pressure defnitely makes people do very strange things. After being to one I can see why so many people want to keep going back. Even though I didn’t get the result I wanted I still enjoyed it and can’t wait to have another good crack at winning a gold medal. First thing that comes to mind when you hear it's blowing 20 knots... It’s time to go try and set a speed record in either the 49er or the moth, or if it’s getting over 25 knots I go kitesurfng of windsurfng. Last race you won... Last heat of the 2010 49er worlds. Last sport you did which wasn't sailing... Does kitesurfng count? I haven’t competed in another sport from sailing since I was about 14 years old. I was playing AFL until I was about 14 but once I start traveling overseas I couldn’t risk getting any injuries so I had to stop. Last time someone misspelled your name... Happens regularly, but people fnd it harder to pronounce than spell. Last time you made a mistake which cost a race... Capsizing in heat seven of the 2010 49er worlds. But it made from some good footage. Last time you felt an overwhelming desire to win... When I woke up this morning. Last sailing experience you had which was purely for fun... Whenever I go moth sailing. Nothing beats the feeling of fying one metre above the water doing 25 knots. Last time you were frustrated... I don’t often get frustrated but having done a lot of moth sailing lately it can be quite frustrating. Especially when I spend fve hours working on the boat for every hour sailing, and yet things still break. The last time was when I was out sailing and broke my mast on Sydney Harbor right in the Manly Ferry lane, luckily they didn’t run me over but I was then getting blown out the Heads, if it wasn’t for the Aussie Laser group training that day I would still be drifting out to sea now. Last person who inspired you... Every time I hear Victor Kovalenko speak to a group I am inspired by his passion for the sport and winning. Last time someone cooked you your favorite meal (what was it?)... Last week my girlfriend cooked me homemade pizza. Nothing beats that! Last impulse buy... Stand-up paddleboard. Great investment. Last thing you want to be remembered for... For being one of the best sailors of all time. FIRST THINGS AND LAST THINGS WITH AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC 49ER SAILOR AND YOUNG GUN, NATHAN OUTTERIDGE. BY MATTHEW HENRY NATHAN OuTTERIDGE QUICK PROFILE Age: 23 Years sailing: 18 Currently sails: 49er, Moth, Farr 40 Grew up at: Wangi (Lake Macquarie) Now lives at: Narrabeen (Sydney) Sponsors: Australian Sports Commission, Australian Institute of Sport & Australian Sailing Team sponsors, Hamilton Island, Audi, Slam, Ronstan. Other sponsors include: Advantage Constructions, CST composites, Velocitek. I'm always looking for more.....
June July 2010