Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to catch up with sailing superstar Nathan Outteridge.
Nathan is a finalist for this year's 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award and has had great success over the past year.
Nathan and his sailing partner Iain Jensen were undefeated on the London 2012 Olympic Games course in Weymouth earlier this year. With wins at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Sail for Gold regattas as well as the Olympic test event, these boys are definitely a team to watch out for at this year's Sail Melbourne.
Have a read of our interview below!
What are you hoping to achieve at Sail Melbourne?
It's a great opportunity for training in the lead up to the Perth World Championships in December.
How does Sail Melbourne differ from other events?
Sail Melbourne takes place on Port Phillip Bay at Sandringham Yacht Club and is much closer for us to get too, and usually has smaller fleets.
What makes you passionate about sailing?
I just love going sailing, learning more about the sport and competing.
What are your training hours like?
We train in blocks. A typical block will mean we sail for about 7 to 10 days, about 3 to 4 hours a day.
Do you have any career highlights?
Iain Jensen and I have won two 49er World Championships so far - they are definitely highlights.
What's planned for the future ahead?
We have a full campaign planned towards the 2012 London Olympics.
Who inspires you the most in your sailing?
No one in particular, but our coach Emmett is a huge influence in everything I do in sailing.
What goals have you set for yourself?
I want to win a Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
When was the moment you realised you could take up sailing as a career?
I placed in the top 10 at the 49er Worlds in 2006 and from then on I knew I could take up sailing as a serious career.
How much of your year is spent overseas competing?
I spend about 6 months on average travelling overseas competing.
Iain Jensen (left) and Nathan Outteridge (right) winning Gold in the 49er class medal race in Weymouth 2011. Source: Getty Images
Good luck Nathan, can't wait to see you out on the water next week!