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.
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.”