Silver Medal Rio 2016

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We have won silver in the Nacra 17 event at Guanabara Bay  RIO

Sitting in fourth prior to the decisive medal race, we jumped two places up the rankings  in the final race of the regatta behind New Zealand. We were pipped for the gold medal by the Argentineans by a single point after the crew of Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Sarouli finished the medal race in sixth as Austria's Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank won the bronze. We started out the regatta in fine form winning two of the first four races and placing fourth and fifth in the other two. We let the rest of the crews back into the medals later in the regatta . The feeling of being so close to a gold medal is “a little bitter sweet” and surreal that we are in such elite company.

SO - “Tokyo right. That’s next!

SELECTED for the Australian Olympic Team

Photo - December 2015 - Getty Images - With Kitty Chiller - receiving our tickets to the Olympics

We have  been selected for the Australian Olympic Team to represent Australia in the Mixed-Multihull at the 2016 Olympics. It's been a great year putting some solid results down with 4 podium finishes - including 3 GOLD, but this journey has been going since 2007 when we started sailing together on the Hobie 16. We've had so much support from a lot of different people and wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to those who have helped and encouraged us on the way. We're now a step closer to our ultimate goal of a GOLD MEDAL for Australia at the Olympics and intend to keep pushing hard on our way to the Olympic Games and stand on the top of that podium in August next year. 

Gold in Rio Test Event

 

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WD Sailing carried the yellow leaders jersey over the last two days of fleet racing and never let it go, crossing the finishing line of the Medal Race in fifth place and thus securing overall first after a consistent week.

With this result they beat current World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France into second place.

“This has been a really tricky week and we are super stoked,” said a beaming Waterhouse. “I’m so proud of my cousin Lisa and we’ve been working to do this together for about eight years now and there’s one more goal in mind and that’s where we are heading. This is just an awesome way to end it with one year to go.”.

It been a good year for WD Sailing who recently won the silver medal at the Nacra 17 World Championships at the beginning of July and took home the win at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth and Portland in June. They are currently ranked No.3 on the ISAF World rankings and qualified the boat class by winning bronze at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander in September last year.

Their multihull sailing partnership stems from the days they competed together at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship, an event they won in 2009 on Brazilian waters.

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Six years on they have their sights on another gold medal, “It’s great to win this week but we want to be winning in 348 days’ time,” commented Darmanin. “Every one of those days is going to count and we’re just going to keep working really hard to make sure we will be there then.

“We got second at the world’s this year which we were really thrilled with but we really wanted to bring home gold here on the Olympic waters. This is our first time racing in Rio and we’ve taken to it well. It’s a pretty tricky place but we’re going to be back.

“Jason kept his cool, made some good decisions. We sailed an awesome week so it was good to top it off in the Medal Race.”

 

Silver at Nacra 17 Worlds

 

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Jason and Lisa have won the Silver Medal at the 2015 Nacra17 World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark overnight (Friday, 10 July).

This is one place up for the two cousins after last year’s bronze medal at the 2014 ISAF World Championships in Santander, Spain and another medal as they campaign to secure a spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Three Australian crews are vying for the Australian spot at next year’s Rio Olympic Games, with ISAF regulations permitting countries only one entrant per nation.

At the recent ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth and Portland in Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin set the first mark by winning the gold medal, which put them into the #1 spot on the ISAF World Rankings.

Nine races were sailed over the six-day World Championship regatta in Aarhus and crews were challenged with a wide range of conditions and only four sailable days.

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Waterhouse and Darmanin started the event with a race win and third place after the first day of racing, but a challenging day two dropped them back into fifth. After consistent results on the third race day they managed to climb up into second overall ahead of going into the double-points Medal Race. They secured the podium spot and Silver Medal with a fourth place in the final race, five points behind gold medal winners Billy Besson and Marie Riou of France. Besson and Riou were defending champions and now three time winners of the Nacra 17 World Champion crown.

“It was an interesting Medal Race with lots of wind which has been the theme of this week. We had to wait a bit for the wind to settle, but we finally got the Medal Race underway in strong breeze and big shifts. Big thrills and spills with gust in the high twenties made for interesting manoeuvres and it was a tough balance to chase gold but protect silver,” Lisa Darmanin said after racing.

“We finished the race in fourth, missing out on the gold. But Jas and I are stoked with silver. We were in gold medal position during the race but the French team pushed hard and sailed really well to get back into the race and just got us on the last down wind. We are happy that we have bettered our bronze from Santander but now we have only one colour medal on our minds.”

“We are very happy on how we are progressing on the road to Rio and have ticked some major goals for the year but we still have a bit of work to do to get that gold. We have a training camp in Rio with Bundy (Darren Bundock) and Nina in a few weeks to lead into the pre-Olympics, so we are looking forward to testing the Olympic waters.”

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The pair have progressed strongly throughout the year since their 2014 World Championship bronze medal and are happy with where there at in their campaign to secure the spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as helm Jason Waterhouse sums up:

“We’re really happy with second. And the improvements we’ve made since Santander have been fantastic. We’re now ranked number one in the World and now second in the World Championships. We’re moving up the ranks in our progress and our path to Rio and in a year’s time we plan to be in the gold medal position.

We’re super happy with the silver and Lisa and our coach Landy (Andrew Landenberger) did a fantastic job. Billy (Besson) sailed really well and we’re improving as we go. Stoked with silver, but we’ll go for gold next time around.”

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During the regatta (5-10 July) fleets managed to race on only four out of the six days. The first day was cancelled due to no wind and after only one day of final series racing, day five on Thursday was cancelled for the top-33 gold fleet due to too much wind. Friday’s gold fleet racing for those not competing in the Medal Race was cancelled with only the Medal Race fleet getting a race in.

World Cup Winners in Weymouth

 

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The Australian Sailing Team had a successful return to the 2012 London Olympic Games winning one Gold, two Silver and one Bronze medal at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland (10-14 June), which concluded on Sunday (14 June)

The day started off light from a northern direction with the Nacra 17 fleet getting the first racing in. Following a short postponement whilst the wind shifted the race action got going again and culminated in some tense Medal Race action.

Jason and Lisa took home the Gold Medal in the Nacra 17 and added another win for Australia in this new mixed-gender multi-hull boat class, which will premier on the Rio 2016 Olympic program. It is the second World Cup win for cousins Waterhouse and Darmanin, after a gold medal at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne in December and a bronze medal at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in September last year.

Australian Sailing Team’s youngsters and 2014 World Championship bronze medallists Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin went into the medal race in the lead after a strong, consistent week of racing. Following in fourth and tied on points with third were Olympic silver medallists Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis. Twelve points separated the two Australian boats with anything still possible in the double points medal race.

With a dying breeze, it was a game of patience where calm heads were required. Keeping their cool were overnight leaders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin. The cousins kept things tight and a third after sailing recovering from the tail of the fleet at the first mark was enough for gold.

After yesterday’s racing in a strong breeze, today was a bit of an anti-climax because it was such light wind. But when we crossed the finish line I looked at Jason and couldn’t quite believe that we just did it. It was a bit of a relief as it was such a stressful raceIt was tricky out there, but we kept our cool and sailed a really good downwind. Finishing third in the medal race got us to gold so we are really happy,” a beaming Lisa Darmanin said after racing.

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“It was really hectic out there and I mean it in the nicest way possible. It wasn’t even that windy, but my heart was racing,” Jason Waterhouse confirmed the pressure. “Either way it was a great race, Lisa did a great job and I’m super proud of my cousin and we’re looking forward to the next event already. We’ll race at the Nacra 17 World Champs in July next and hope we can have another good result there.

And in reference to two Australian teams finishing on the podium he added: “It’s great to have two Aussie medals in our class and I guess this reflects a bit the 2012 Olympics spirit as we’ve another strong team here.”

2014-15 Summer Done and Dusted

It's been a great summer for WD Sailing! We have learnt what to do and what not to do, we had a great time being tested in the extremes at the ISAF World Cup Melbourne, coming home with a Gold Medal there, we have retained our World Number 3 position and we are ready and raring to go come Princess Trofea Regatta in Palma on the 29th of March. 

2015 is a big year for WD Sailing as the race to the Olympics gets real, we have four main qualifying events this year to decide which Aussie will represent Australia at the 2016 Olmypics in Rio in August next year. The first two events are the ISAF World Cup Hyeres and the ISAF World Cup Weymouth followed by our World Championships held in Aarhus Denmark in July and then the Rio Test Event 12-22nd August. From there we have lots of training to do before out 2016 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida USA in February 2016. It is a long process but no matter what the Aussie Nacra 17 Squad is working hard together to ensure whoever goes, gets the job done and brings home a Gold for Australia come 2016. 

Check out this video of what we have been up to and what is to come.

2014 ISAF Worlds

The 2014 ISAF World Championships was one of the most challenging regattas we have ever competed in. The competition was of the highest calibre and the wind gods threw everything at us. The regatta was at the end of rollercoaster year, which did not begin the way we hoped. Our early disappointments proved to make us stronger and we made gains throughout the year to peak at the World Championships, achieving a Bronze medal whilst also qualifying Australia for a position in the Nacra 17 class at the 2016 Olympic Games. 

In reflection we have achieved all the goals we had set ourselves last October: qualifying the country for the Olympics, making the podium at the World Championships and qualifying ourselves for the Australian Sailing Team prior to the Worlds. We are now making big plans for the next twelve months, with only one thing in mind, and that is Olympic Gold in 2016 for Australia. We are back on the water in Australia, back at the gym and training with our coach and the rest of the squad. Thanks to everyone for their support this year,  Tony Walls from Objective, Traks Gordon from the Objective Future Champions Program, the Australian Institute of Sport, Audi, Hamilton Island, Nautica, Zhik, DeckHardware, Blackmores, Ronstan, MauiJim, 776BC, the amazing support team from Australian Sailing and all our followers and fans! 

Ready for the European Championships

 

 

 

WD Sailing are back together and have been training in La Grande Motte for the last week with their new boat in preperation for the European Championships in the Nacra 17. There are 74 entries spaning 29 Countries and there are a lot of strong competitors vying for the title. This regatta is a good warm up for the  ISAF World Championships that are being held in Santander Spain in September this year. Anyone who is anybody is here, it is a good test for the team to see where we are at, we are ready and raring to go and aiming for the top of the podium.

Follow the event via the event facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/championnatEuropeNacra17?ref=hl

Read the daily blog: http://championnateuropenacra.blogspot.fr/

Follow the Twitter reports: https://twitter.com/ChptEuropeNacra

 

 

June Update

June has been busy time for Jason - learning how to fly in Europe on the GC32s in Austria and on the A-Class exploder in Poland.
Competing in the A Class Europeans in the South of France, Jason picked up the silver medal behind legend Catamaran Sailor Glenn Ashby.  All details and results can be found here

Meanwhile Lisa has been back in Australia , busy off the water focussing on her strength and fitness and graduating with a Commerce Marketing degree from UNSW.

The WDs reunite at the end of June and begin a week training with the Australian Nacra 17 Squad in the lead up to the European Championships 5th-12th of July. This event will be a great dress rehearsal for the World Championship with over 80 entries and all the top guns challenging for the European Champion Title.

Keep an eye on the WD Sailing facebook page for photo and video updates throughout the event.

 

 

About WD Sailing

WD (Waterhouse Darmanin) Sailing is a Nacra 17 Team with one clear objective. To win Gold for Australia. In 2016 we won a Silver Medal in the Mixed Multihull Event. Its time to fly the hulls in Tokyo and continue the quest.  Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin, cousins from Sydney's northern beaches want you to share their journey.

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