Mach2 Sailors Enjoy Success At London
The 2012 London Olympics has seen some incredible competition amongst all the sailing classes, with Mach2 sailors dominating in the 49er and Laser classes.
2011 Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge came so close to gold in the 49er class at Bejing, only to capsize within sight of the finish line and miss out on a medal in the windy final race. Nathan teamed up with his childhood friend, and fellow Mach2 sailor, Iain (Goobs) Jensen for their 2012 campaign. Their aim was to have enough of a buffer coming into the final race so they wouldn't repeat the horror of Bejing. After one of their most successful regatta's the Australian duo only had to start the medal race and they were guaranteed gold!
The silver medal in the 49er class was won by New Zealand Mach2 sailor, Peter Burling. Like Nathan and Iain, Peter and his crew Blair Tuke secured their medal prior to the final race, allowing both boats from down under (who are all great mates) the chance to really enjoy the experience.
Tom Slingsby, who has also enjoyed success in his Mach2 during his Olympic Campaign, won gold in the Laser class at Weymouth. Leading into the Bejing Games Slingsby was the current World Champion in the Laser class, but finished in a disappointing 22nd place. This time Tom won gold, almost having first place sewn up coming into the final race, only having to finish in the top seven (from ten boats) to win overall and take the gold medal.
All of the sailors had a great deal of expectation both on themselves and by others coming into the Olympics and when the time came, they delivered.
Hopefully we can see similar success in Rio, but tearing it up on their Mach2's in the mean time of course!