August 21 - 27, 2016: Issue 277

Our Silver Medallist Sailors 

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin - Australian Olympian Medallists  - photo  ©Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Northern Beaches sailors win Silver at the Rio Olympics

Newport local and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club member, Jason Waterhouse, sailing with his cousin and team mate, Lisa Darmanin made history this morning winning a silver medal in the newly added Nacra 17 class sailing in their first ever Olympic Games. 

100 plus keen Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club members headed down to their club in the early hours of the morning to support their fellow member and Australian Sailors in the final Medal Races. 

Anticipations were high when Tom Burton claimed Gold in the Men’s Laser in the previous race. The crowd watched nervously as Jason and Lisa took to the race course. Coming into the Medal Race in 4th position it meant the team had to really lift to clinch the Gold Medal from the leaders, the Argentinians. Jason and Lisa fought all the way to the end, finishing the race in second place, and landing second spot on the podium, just a single point behind the Argentinians. 

Among the crowd at the RPAYC, was Jason’s Grandfather Don Wood, and Aunt Linda Taylor. Don gave a heartfelt speech after the race about what a naturally talented and competitive young sailor Jason was. Jason’s past sailing coach and good friend, Traks Gordon who coached Jason out of the RPAYC for many years, was also at the Club.

Jason’s Grandfather Don Wood

From Mark Bernado - RPAYC
RPAYC were among the many of us up until the small hours cheering our local sailors on - picture courtesy RPAYC
Silver to Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17

Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) have won gold after a heart-stopping Medal Race in the Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull. Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (AUS) took silver and bronze goes to Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT).

The Argentineans made hard work of the Medal Race, picking up a penalty early on to round the first mark at the back. But, they fought back to third by the top of the final lap, only to incur another penalty for sailing too close to the Austrians. After dropping the gennaker and taking their 360 penalty turn, Lange and Saroli rallied to cross the finish in sixth place, just seven seconds ahead of the Italian team.

It was a crucial seven seconds that gave gold to Argentina by a single point from Australia. The young Aussies crossed the finish behind the New Zealand team of Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL), but more importantly finished ten seconds ahead of the Austrians who crossed for third place. Australia and Austria were tied on points, but silver goes to Waterhouse and Darmanin for their superior finish in the Medal Race.

By Andy Rice - World Sailing

Classy Cousins Storm Home For Silver

Cousins Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse have won Australia’s second medal of the day after winning silver in the Nacra 17 event at Guanabara Bay.

Sitting in fourth prior to the decisive medal race, the Aussie duo jumped two places up the rankings after they crossed the line in second in the final race of the regatta behind New Zealand.

The Sydneysiders 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.

Darmanin and Waterhouse started out the regatta in fine form winning two of the first four races and placing fourth and fifth in the other two.
They let the rest of the crews back into the medals later in the regatta but their jubilation at the finish line highlighted just how much the silver medal means to the Olympic debutants.

Darmanin said the feeling of being so close to a gold medal as “a little bitter sweet” but surreal that the cousins are in such elite company.
“It’s a little bit bittersweet I’m not going to lie,” she said. “We really wanted that gold but we sailed an incredible medal race, I don’t think we could have done much more out there.

“To come home silver medallists … I mean the Aussies obviously have a great multi-hull background and they’re all legends to us and they’re all silver medallists. So to be part of that group now is a bit surreal.”

Waterhouse described Santiago Lange, a veteran of six Olympic Games, as a legend who sailed a great last race.

“That guy [Lange]is a living legend in our sport; he has paid his dues and is 56 years old and has four Olympic medals. Good on him; he’s a great man.
“When we crossed the line I was just so relieved that we secured a medal. I was so proud of Lisa and I, on this stage at the Olympics.

“We just sat there for a while and thought ‘okay, we have won a medal but what colour is it going to be, then all of a sudden ‘Santi’ [Lange] is coming through, the Argentinians were doing really well and we were cheering on the Italians to get past them.

“But at the end of the day he sailed a great race.”

Waterhouse said the start of the final race, when they began on the starboard compared to their competitors, was their best for four years.

“I said to Lisa ‘we’ve got to get down there and cause some issues down here otherwise they’re going to cross us and beat us’. We managed to get that penalty on a few of our competitors which was good and that was probably the best race I’ve started in the last four years.”

When asked what’s next for the quickly emerging youngsters of the sailing fraternity, Waterhouse quipped:
“Tokyo right. That’s next!

Then he steadied: “Our family is here and they have been cheering us on since the start so we will celebrate with them and cheer on our fellow Aussies tomorrow who will be competing … and give Tom Burton a big hug for his amazing result too.”
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Jason Waterhouse of Australia and Lisa Darmanin of Australia celebrate winning the silver medal in the Nacra 17 Mixed class and Tom Burton of Australia celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's Laser class on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Marina da Gloria on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © 2016 Getty Images

These guys celebrated together afterwards with family and friends.
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin in Rio 2016 Olymnpics  - photo  ©Sailing Energy / World Sailing