Meet the Team

Jason & Lisa are cousins who grew up on Sydney's Northern Beaches. They teamed up sailing in 2008, and have been a successful Multihull combination ever since. Jason is a naturally gifted sailor with great instincts and happily acknowledges Lisa as the brains of the outfit. Both are dedicated athletes and members of the Australian Sailing Team.

Jason Waterhouse - Helm (27)

 Jason in Rio 2015 - Photo courtesy Australian Sailing

Jason was sailing before he could walk and indeed before he was born.  Born into multihull and Hobie Cat royalty (Mum and Dad Rod and Kerry are current Hobie World Grandmasters)  his sailing future was pre-ordained. After an ocean voyage across the Pacific at 5 he joined  Royal Prince Alfred Yacht club,  sailing Manly Juniors with sister Bridget.  Jason soon graduated to sailing with his Dad on a Hobie 16 at Palm Beach Sailing Club.  In 2006 he took the tiller and at just 14 year of age Jason attended his first of 4  ISAF Youth World Championships. In 2010 he won a  bronze medal with crew Michael McCormack. In 2009  he claimed  the Gold Medal in Brazil in the Multihull division with current crew, Lisa Darmanin. By the age of 19 Jason had already won 4 Youth World Championships in Hobies and Dragoons.

In 2013 Jason was chosen to skipper the Objective Australia Team competing on the AC45 in the  Red Bull Youth America's Cup Series held in San Francisco. This experience has been life changing for Jason, learning from the elite of the sport. In 2016 Jason was scouted by America's Cup Challenger Soft Bank Team Japan where he was a reserve wing trimmer and grinder. The skills and knowledge he has acquired from this experience will be extremely valuablae as the Nacra 17 transfers to a fully foiling catamaran for Tokyo 2020. 

Alongside his Olympic pursuits Jason is sailing in the inaugral SailGP championship. Racing foiling 50ft Catamarans with the Australian SailGP team and lead by Olympic Gold Medallist, Tom Slingsby. Jason hopes this will act as excellent cross training learning from the worlds best and making decisions at incredible speeds

Lisa Darmanin - Crew (27)


Lisa grew up on Sydney Harbour. Aged 9 she began sailing with brother Evan for Manly 16’Skiff Club. She progressed through the junior skiff classes and was up for a challenge when the crew spot became vacant with Jason in 2008 to compete in the ISAF Multihull Youth Worlds. In 2009 when they won Gold, they were the first mixed crew ever to achieve this. A good omen perhaps for things to come.

Lisa is passionate about giving back to the sailing community and beyond, talking at local sailing clubs and visiting schools. She is currently pursuing media opportunities to use her high-performance race experience and foiling knowledge to communicate to the masses the intricacies of our sport.  

Whilst competing across the world,  Lisa has also completed a 4 year Commerce and Liberal Studies degree with support from the  University of NSW. Lisa was a Ben Lexen Scholarship holder throughout her studies.  In 2012 she was also named University of NSW Sportswoman of the year and in 2014 was awarded a University Blue Honour for outstanding scholarship and sportsmanship. Lisa was named Australian Female Sailor of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Lisa is an ambassador for the Children Tumor's Foundation and was an chosen as an Australia Day Ambassador in 2017. 

In the Beginning - 2009 ISAF Youth World Multihull Champions - Aged 17

Sailing on 2020 Olympic Waters 



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.