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 race. It 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.
“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.”