Aussie sailors have reignited Australia's climb up the medal tally with one gold medal in the cabinet, another on ice and two others almost in reach.
Australian fans at Weymouth went wild when tenacious 27-year-old Tom Slingsby held off Cypriot Pavlos Kontides to win the Laser gold medal late last night (AEST).
inspired Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen to establish a gold medal-winning lead in the 49er class on the same day.
Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher lead the men's 470 by two points after eight races and the young women's match racing crew of Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty are unbeaten after 11 races in the Elliott 6m class.
With a possible booty of four gold medals to be collected the 13-member sailing team are punching above their weight and may deliver Australia more gold than any other team.
But it's a team with plenty of pedigree. Slingsby, Outteridge and Jensen, and Page and Belcher all headed into the event as world champions.
None of them take for granted their number one positions and all have overcome adversity to get there.
Slingsby nearly gave the sport away after finishing 22nd in Beijing as world number one while the determination of Outerridge is simply inspiring.
Outteridge overcomes adversity
When he stands on the podium to collect his gold medal tomorrow night don't be surprised if the 26-year-old is overcome by emotion given the hurdles he has jumped to get there.
Back in 2005 he was the winner of three back-to-back world youth championships and was driving from his Lake Macquarie home in New South Wales to Melbourne for a regatta when he fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a tree.
Outteridge had broken his back and underwent surgery to determine if he would ever walk gain. The surgery was a success and, with a lot of help from his family, remarkably he was sailing again 10 months later.
Three year later he won a world title and was racing for the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with partner Ben Austin.
The gold appeared to be in their grasp but they capsized with the finish line in sight and ended up fifth.
It's a memory that could have played on his mind but Outteridge seems to have the mental strength to overcome most things.
"It keeps getting brought up in every media interview I do and I've just learned to live with it," Outteridge says with a laugh.
"But this week we've managed to avoid that. We've had one capsize at the start of the week but we did a great job recovering and getting back into it and now it's just a matter of enjoying what we have been working four years for."
Outteridge joined forces with fellow Lake Macquarie sailor Jensen in 2009 and the pair have won three consecutive 49er world titles together and now Olympic gold.
Enjoying the ride
The medal race will seem like a victory lap for the pair who have worked tremendously hard for the gold medal.
"It's just a relief there's no more pressure, you can start to soak up the moment and enjoy it," Jensen said.
The Australian gold medal rush at Weymouth continues the return to form for the nation's sailing team following the disappointment of Athens when they came home with no medals.
"We put together a plan to try and get the medals and in Beijing it worked and we got three and here we have two with some chances to come," Outteridge said.
"The team works really well together and as you can see there is a lot of repeat Olympians here and that is big part of our success."
Slingsby and Outteridge were two that missed out in Beijing but have fought back to win four years later. Page is going for back-to-back 470 titles after winning in 2008 with Nathan Wilmot.
Also in the sailing team are the women's 470 pairing of Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell who won gold medals with different partners in Beijing and Sydney respectively. They are placed seventh just after the halfway point of their regatta.
Australia is accustomed to success on the medal tally but this Olympics, with the meagre returns from the first week in the water, the country should be thankful for riding the wave made by the sailors skipping along the top of it.