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Chatty Aust sailors capsize, lose race
Miles Godfrey
00:07 AEST Wed Aug 1 2012

World champion sailors Iain Jensen and Nathan Outteridge admit they were chatting when they capsized in their 49er skiff - costing them a certain race victory at the Olympic regatta.

The Australians had a huge lead in the second of Tuesday's 49er races in Weymouth Bay, but lost concentration as they discussed navigation options and flipped their boat.

The spectacular capsize came as the pair were having a chinwag about laylines - the marks sailors use to judge their approach into the racecourse buoy markers.

"We were just cruising downwind, having a chat and we were sort of having a look at the layline and I said we should probably go in a second," Outteridge said.

"And as we went in I was probably a bit too far back in the boat and normally you go around the front of the tiller.

"Instead, I sort of ran straight into the tiller with my foot and as that happened the boat rounded up a bit and I got thrown out the back and it span right up."

Luckily Jensen, whose nickname is Goobs, yanked down the sails and prevented Outteridge being left behind.

"Goobs did a great job," Outteridge added.

"He realised what was going on without even seeing and just pulled the kite down. He always saves the day."

Fortunately, the capsize only cost the pair three places and they finished the race fourth.

They finished the first race of the day in second and have a commanding nine-point overall lead over the rest of the fleet.

Kiwi pair Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are second overall, having won the day's opening race, and insist the can beat the Aussies.

"Yeah we hope so," Tuke told AAP.

"But it's a really long regatta."

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