Sailors ride the crest of a wave

Tom Slingsby
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IT IS usually Britannia who rules the waves but Australian sailors may be changing that soon over the next few days off England's south coast.

The Aussies have been dominating on the water off Weymouth and with the prospect of that continuing overnight, the sailing team may be in line for a gold rush.

In the 49er class, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen set themselves up for glory with some miraculous sailing on day two.

The duo pulled off one of the great recoveries of the Games to maintain its overall lead, nine points clear of its nearest rivals.

After taking out race three, the Aussie pair had an unexpected capsize in race four with the finishing line in sight. They recovered to finish fourth and led the fleet before last night's action.

Australia also led the way in the Laser class, with NSW central coast's Tom Slingsby in command.

Slingsby finished second in race three, then had a slower start to race four but clawed his way back from 27th early in the race to cross the finish line in sixth place.

In the women's match racing (Elliott class) competition, Australia's Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty were the only undefeated team in the competition before racing last night.

The women will be back in action for another two races tonight as will the men's 49er class.

Slingsby has a rest day.

Topics:  iain jensen london olympics nathan outteridge sailing

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