It was a character building and tough penultimate day at the 2016 Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater with the breeze picking up throughout the day and the changing sea state making for challenging conditions.
World #1 Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) as well as Nacra 17 World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) both dropped down the ranks and will go into the final day ranked sixth and fifth respectively.
While Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin had a rather unlucky day, Nathan Outteridge was sailing with a pectoral injury limiting his strength and movements.
Three more races plus the top-ten Medal Race are scheduled in the 49er/FX fleets on Sunday, while the Nacra 17 will head straight into their Medal Race.
Men’s Skiff – 49er
In the 49er and 49erFX it was the first day of Finals racing on Saturday with three more races scheduled for Sunday before the Medal Race in the afternoon.
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen had a challenging day posting an average series of 13, 11, 14 to drop into overall sixth. Nathan Outteridge sailed with a pectoral muscle injury, which will require further assessment before the last day’s racing.
“We had pretty nice sailing conditions, 14knots, touching 18 at times, but mostly between 14-16, big waves and it was flicking around a bit, which made it quite tricky out there. We were struggling for a little bit of pace and not really doing good boat handling. I have a bit of an injury to the right pec at the moment. I’m not really sure what caused it, but it was pretty sore after sailing yesterday,” Nathan Outteridge explained.
“Today’s conditions with those massive waves made life difficult. But we soldiered on. You can always get an injury, also at the Olympics, and you just have to deal with it. We pushed through and got some ok results, but obviously not really what we were looking for. We’ll check tonight, see how it looks and make our decisions after that. We’ll just have to be smart about this.”
Australian Sailing Squad’s David Gilmour (WA) and Lewis Brake (QLD) continued their strong run posting a consistent 6-6-7 series to move into 15th and keeping their hope alive to qualify for a spot in the top ten Medal Race.
Queenslanders Joel Turner (QLD) and Tom Siganto (QLD) as well as Harry Price (NSW) and Harry Morton (NSW) continued racing in the Silver fleet, which only got one race in.
Mixed multi-hull – Nacra 17
The fifth and penultimate day of these World Championships saw World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) drop from second into fifth after one of their worst days and posting a 34-17-17 series in the three races of the day.
“It was obviously a really tough day for Lisa and I. We had big waves and breeze that built all day. We were fifth in the first race when we capsized, which dropped us to last. That became our drop so we are carrying a 22 from earlier in the week. In the second race we were sixth around the top mark and then had a penalty. We had a pretty bad overlay on my part, which dropped us back to mid-teens. And in the last race we hooked some weed, so it was one of those days, one of the worst days in sailing of this year. But we’ll just call it a character builder,” Jason Waterhouse said.
“Tomorrow we only have the top ten Medal Race and due to our results today we’ll just have to go out there, try to win the race and see how the cards fall on the deck”, Jason added about the task at hand.
After the 15-race series defending World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou from France have an unassailable lead going into the final day with the rest of the medals yet to be decided.
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
All three Australian Sailing crews qualified for Gold fleet racing with Australian Sailing Squad’s Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) continuing to hold the top spot amongst the Australian boats after three Gold fleet races on Saturday.
The pair moved up into 14th after posting an 11-8-17 series.
“We had a bit more breeze than yesterday and racing in Gold Fleet is at a much higher level and much tighter than the previous days. We managed to have a pretty consistent day, apart from the last race,” Tess Lloyd said.
“The first race was a bit of a speed race before it started to get shiftier and you could play the shifts and make some gains. All the points are quite close and we want to try and make it into the Medal Race.”
Also aiming for Medal Race are Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIC), who won the first Gold Fleet race, followed by a 15th and 16th. They are ranked 16th going into the final day of racing with only three points separating them from Tess Lloyd and Caitlin Elks.
Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) sit a couple places further down the ranks in 20th after posting a 20-22-9 series.
Three races are scheduled for Sunday, 14 February 2016 morning local time for the 49er and 49er FX fleets which will be the last chance for crews to qualify for Sunday afternoon’s top-ten Medal Race.
The 49er will kick-off the last day at 10:00 EST on Sunday, 14 February 2016 with three races on the schedule. The 49erFX are scheduled to follow from 12:00 EST.
Medal Races are schedule at 15:00 EST (7:00 AEDT) for the Nacra 17, 15:30 EST for the 49erFX and 16:00 EST for the 49er.
Follow racing live here:
Day 6 – Sunday 14th February, 2016 - 10:00 - 49er, 49erFX Gold Fleet and Nacra Medal Race:
Follow results here: http://www.saillife.com/#!results/xnacl
See action clip here: https://youtu.be/wRXE069qQLA
Australian Sailing Team (AST) & Squad (ASS) at Nacra 17, 49er/49erFX World Championships
Results as of Saturday, 13 February 2016 (EST):
Mixed Multi-hull – Nacra 17
Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 4, 15, 21, 4, 4, 5, 4, 1, 9, 1, 1, 22, (34), 17, 17 – 5th
Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 17, 25, 17, 18, (44 RET), 12, 21, 35, 20, 20, 32, 28, 14, 20, 15 – 24th
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), 2, 1, 3, 4, 7, (18), 6, 1, 13, 11, 14 – 6th
David Gilmour (WA/WAIS/AST) & Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS/ASS): 5, 20, (27), 26, 23, 1, 4, 4, 13, 6, 6, 7 – 15th
Joel Turner (QLD/QAS/AST) & Tom Siganto (QLD/QAS/ASS): 12, (24), 18, 13, 15, 16, 19, 6, 8, DNF – 38th
Harry Price (NSW/ASS Youth Bridging) & Harry Morton (NSW/ASS Youth Bridging): (DNF 56), 25, 33, 30, 32, 22, 29, 18, 24 – 57th
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
Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 3, 13, (19), 4, 11, 13, 11, 3, 11, 8, 17 – 14th
Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 15, (20), 3, 15, 7, 7, 12, 5, 1, 15, 16– 16th
Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Nina Curtis (NSW/ASS): 17, 3, 9, 3, (22 OCS), 11, 9, 15 – 19th
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/
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.
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/
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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