The 2016 Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX World Championships kicked-off at Clearwater, Florida, USA overnight (Tuesday, 9 February 2016 EST local time) but only one race was completed in the 49er and Nacra 17 fleets.
Racing had to be cancelled after winds built from a manageable 14 knots up to a ripping 18+knots during race one, making for some dramatic conditions in the shallow waters of Clearwater Beach.
Nacra 17 World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) made the most of it and finished in fourth in the 35-boats fleet – quite an achievement in the challenging conditions and after the day had started out with extra hurdles to overcome before even making it on to the water.
The Australians were one of a number of crews who had come down to the boat park in the morning to discover that some of their kit had either been damaged or disappeared altogether after stormy winds and a high tide had washed the water high up the beach, with a few boats actually afloat on the shallow sands. Some teams’ sails were buried below the sand, there was damage to some hulls, but for Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin their sail and equipment box had floated away completely. Fortunately it showed up in a marina further down the coast and Waterhouse was able to use his waterlogged equipment to notch up a fourth place finish.
In the 49er, Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) started off with a 15th in the split fleet and are ranked 29th after day one in the 56-boats fleet. Australian Sailing Team’s David Gilmour (WA) and new crew Lewis Brake (QLD) finished fifth to sit in ninth place, while teammates Joel Turner (QLD) and new crew Tom Siganto (QLD) finished the race in 12th and are ranked 23rd.
Over the course of the race, the pressure consistently mounted and the fleet just about made it across the finish line in one piece and the race committee made the call to cancel the second start. The FX women waited on shore and never made it out on day one.
“When we got out there this morning it wasn’t too bad and around 15 knots at the start of the race. During the race the breeze built a little bit more and the waves got a big bigger. After the race finished it got pretty hairy and it built up to about 25knots and huge waves. So it was a good idea to call it and send everyone in. We were lucky not to break any gear and I think everyone who didn’t today was very lucky.” Joel Turner said about the conditions.
“We had a pretty good race with Dave (Gilmour), who finished fifth. We were in front of them at some stage but they managed to sail past us and we finished twelfth, so it wasn’t too bad. We’ re a bit behind schedule now, so I assume they will put on extra races over the next few days. Tomorrow could be another write-off with still plenty of breeze forecast and I think the sea state will stay around for a while and cause a bit of drama,” Joe Turner added.
Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 with the 49erFX women scheduled to start racing at 11am EST (AEST plus 16hrs).
Follow results here: http://www.saillife.com/#!results/xnacl
Race Schedule: Qualifying from the 9-11th of February. Silver and Gold fleet racing from the 12-14th with the Medal races on the 14th.
Australian Sailing Team (AST) & Squad (ASS) at Nacra 17, 49er/49erFX World Championships
Results as of Tuesday, 9 February 2016 (EST):
Mixed Multi-hull – Nacra 17
Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 4 – 4th
Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 17 – 17th
AST Athlete profiles:
- Jason Waterhouse: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/jason-waterhouse/
- Lisa Darmanin: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/lisa-darmanin/
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Nathan Outteridge (NSW) & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: 15 – 29th
David Gilmour (WA/WAIS/AST) & Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS/ASS): 5 – 9th
Joel Turner (QLD/QAS/AST) & Tom Siganto (QLD/QAS/ASS): 12 – 23rd
Harry Price (NSW/ASS Youth Bridging) & Harry Morton (NSW/ASS Youth Bridging): DNF – 56th
AST Athlete profiles:
- Nathan Outteridge: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/nathan-outteridge/
- Iain Jensen: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/iainjensen/
- David Gilmour: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/nathan-outteridge/
- Joel Turner: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/joel-turner/
Women's Skiff – 49erFX
Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS
Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Nina Curtis (NSW/ASS)
Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS
About the Nacra 17, 49er/FX World Championships
Six months out from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games the is the Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX World Championships are the final World Championship for these classes and a major milestone on the road to Rio for Australian Sailing Team’s already selected crews of Nacra 17 World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) as well as 49er Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW).
Both crews were selected on the Australian Olympic Team in December. See AOC media release here: http://rio2016.olympics.com.au/news/first-sailors-selected-include-three-defending-champions
In the Women’s 49erFX the crew to represent Australia in Rio 2016 is yet to be decided. With Olivia Price (NSW) and Elize Solly (VIC), Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) plus Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) at the start line in Clearwater, three crews will be aiming to put in convincing performances at these World Championships with selection ongoing over the next couple of months.
See event preview here: http://www.australiansailing.org/nacra-17-49er-49erfx-world-champs/
See video preview including interviews with Nathan Outteridge, Lisa Darmanin and Haylee Outteridge: https://youtu.be/76FtWxTFjq4
While Australian Sailing has already qualified all of the nine Olympic classes it aimed to qualify for Rio 2016 as well as in all of the three Paralympic classes, final selection is still open in all but the 49er, Men’s 470 and Nacra 17.
This combined double-handed championship is the first time all three of the fastest Olympic boats have teamed up for a championship together. The 49er men’s skiff has been on the Olympic program since Sydney 2000, while both the 49erFX women’s skiff as well as the Nacra 17 mixed-gender multihull will premier on the program at Rio 2016.
Over 120 teams from more than 37 countries will be competing in front of the Pier on Clearwater Beach, Florida. Racing is scheduled from February 9-14, 2016, with the first three days used for qualifying and the final three days for Gold Fleet racing, followed by the medal race on the final day.
The racing will be live broadcast on youtube for the final three days.
Find out more about 49er sailing with Outteridge & Jensen here: https://youtu.be/5UmGtbYBNTA
The Nacra 17 and 49er/FX World Championships in Clearwater, Florida, USA will be followed by another highlight on the pre-Olympics racing calendar, the 470 World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Defending World Champions Matt Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) will contest the event with racing scheduled from 22 – 27 February 2016.
For more information on the Nacra 17 and 49er/FX World Championships see here: http://www.saillife.com/
Race schedule – all times EST (AEST minus 16hrs):
Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016: 1155 Qualifying
Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016: 1100 Qualifying
Thursday, 11 Feb 2016: 1155 Qualifying
Friday, 12 Feb 2016: 1 155 Final Series
Saturday, 13 Feb 2016: 1155 Final Series
Sunday, 14 Feb 2016: 0955 Final Series & 1455 Medal Races 49er/FX
1155 Medal Race
Follow the event on Social Media for all the live updates:
49er and 49erFX
Nacra17 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sail-Life-653515114771187/?ref=hl
Up coming events on the Road To Rio
Key Australian Sailing regatta dates on the Road to Rio:
2016 49er and 49erFX World Championships, Clearwater, Florida
Racing dates: 9-14 February
2016 Nacra 17 World Championships, Clearwater, Florida
Racing dates: 9-14 February
2016 470 Men’s and Women’s World Championships, San Isidro, Argentina
Racing dates: 22-27 February
2016 RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships, Eilat, Israel
Racing dates: 22-27 February
2016 Finn European Championships, Barcelona, Spain
Racing dates: 7-12 March
2016 Princess Sofia Regatta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Racing dates: 28 March – 2 April
2016 Laser Radial World Championships, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Racing dates: 14-20 April
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, France
Racing dates: 22-26 April
2016 Laser World Championships, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Racing dates: 12-18 May
ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth, United Kingdom
Racing dates: 10-14 June
2016 Rio Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Racing dates: 8-19 August
2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Racing dates: 7–18 September