August 7 - 13, 2016: Issue 275

Let The Games Begin!!!

Australian Sailing Team Members prior to Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016, the XXXI Olympiad  - Image courtesy Waterhouse Darmanin Sailing - Facebook
On Day 5 of the Rio 20016 Olympics, Thursday August 11 at 2.05 am our time, Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse will take to the water in the preliminaries, for Races 1 to 3, in the Nacra17. 

The Medal race is scheduled to be run on Wednesday 17th of August at 3.05 am our time.

The Pittwater sailors were among the first sailors to be announced for Rio in December 2015 along with Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (470 M) and Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen (49er).

Olympic 470 Champion Mathew Belcher will be looking to defending his London 2012 title in Rio. Will Ryan was training partner to the 2012 team of Belcher and Malcolm Page in the lead up to the London Olympics and the Belcher/Ryan Team were 470 men’s World Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

In February 2016 they placed equal 3rd with France's , Sofian Bouvet/Jérémie Mion behind New Zealand's Paul Snow-Hansen/Daniel Willcox while Croatia's Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic placed 1st. It was the first year since 2010 Matthew Belcher hadn't placed 1st in the Word's and may be just that breath the Australian 470 team needs to keep themselves steadily working towards a good result. They, like all the Australian Sailing Team, have been putting months into training on the waters of Rio, many of the sailors having visited up to 10 times prior to Day 1 for them in this Olympics and are taking nothing for granted.

Racing the 49er class will be defending Olympic champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. In 2012 this duo from Lake Macquarie were so successful they were assured of a medal before the medal race on the waters of Weymouth. 

Lisa and Jason will be making their Olympic debut in the Nacra 17 mixed multi-hull, which is also a first for the boat itself in an Olympics and the first time there is a mixed discipline on the Olympic sailing program. 

In May 2012 the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) selected the Nacra 17 as the equipment for the mixed multihull event at Rio 2016. Gino Morrelli and Peter Melvin designed the Nacra 17 fully in line with the specifications given by ISAF for the Olympic multihull 2016.

The Nacra17 also represents a welcome return o the multihull to Olympic Sailing. Prior to its advent the Tornado was used as the equipment for the multihull discipline in the Olympic Games from 1976 through 2008, when multihulls were deselected. In the Tornado class Avalon sailor Mitch Booth secured Bronze and then Silver for Australia in the 1992 Barcelona (with John Forbes) and 1996 Atlanta (with Andrew Landenberger) games. Darren Bundock won Silver in Sydney's 2000 Olympics (with John Forbes) and Silver again in 2008 in Beijing (with Glenn Ashby).

The shift for London towards monohull only classes by the slimmest of votes resulted in an international outcry among proponents at the omission of the fast, exciting sailing you get with multihulls. A way to bring it forward and even update that dynamic quality was sought and found - in the Nacra 17.

The Waterhouse/Darmanin Nacra17 Team are also taking nothing for granted and have been training hard on site and on water prior to and since selection, also working steadily and surely to placing themselves in the best physicalemotional and mindset you can, given all those fluky winds sailing can be subject to. 

Sailing this Olympics is going to be the sport to watch - there's just too many great sailors in fleet fast boats to miss all that excitement! 

As the duo and teammates posted before heading out to the Opening Ceremony....
Let the Games Begin!!!!