Jason Waterhouse & Lisa Darmanin regain Nacra 17 lead
Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge moves into 49er top ten on his birthday
It was a long and wet day at Sailing World Cup Miami day four when sailors were made to wait for racing on Thursday local time (EST, AEST minus 16hrs) as torrential downpours killed off the breeze and produced large quantities of surface water. When the breeze materialised it enabled the sailors to commence racing at 15:20 local time in building conditions that ranged from 12-17 knots from the south east. As a consequence only one race was completed across most fleets, apart from the Nacra 17 with two races.
With only one race day to go in the Olympic classes before Saturday’s top ten medal race, six Australian Sailing crews are currently ranked in the top ten.
Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) continue to be the top ranked Australian crew after regaining the lead in the Nacra 17. Olympic gold medallist Nathan Outteridge (NSW) gave himself a birthday present with a second place in the only 49er race of the day, which catapulted him and crew Iain Jensen (NSW) from 17th into ninth place.
“We had the first day of Gold fleet racing but it was also my 30th birthday, a big milestone,” Nathan Outteridge said. “We celebrated for most of the day sitting in the car with seven of my mates as it was raining all day long here and the boat park was completely flooded and we were postponed for hours on end.”
“But eventually we went out and did get one race in and it was a worthwhile race for us. We battled it out in the rain, lost all the vision of the marks and the fleet in the race but ended up coming second. This means we have moved up into the top ten and it was a successful day all in all. I think we’ll get four races in tomorrow for the final day heading into the medal race on Saturday.”
In the Paralympic Sonar class, Australia Sailing’s crew of Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) are ranked third with Paralympic class medals decided tomorrow, Friday, 29 January 2016 local time.
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin regained the Nacra 17 lead after they finished ahead of overnight leaders Mandy Mulder and Coen de Koning (NED) in both of the day’s races posting an 11th and fourth place. The cousins currently have a seven points lead to second place and 28 points to the current World Champions from France Billy Besson and Marie Riou.
“It was a long day today, Nacras were the guinea pigs and were sent out at 10am to try get some racing in. We sat out there in the rain for about 40minutes where we saw the wind swing directions about eight times, go from five to 20knots constantly and got really wet. The Race officer sent us in to wait on shore, which wasn’t much dryer, but after playing in some puddles for a few hours we finally got out for racing,” Lisa Darmanin said. “We were lucky to get two races in pretty nice breeze but not too great visibility so we had a bit on spotting the marks! We’re happy with the our speed and racing and pleased to be sitting first overall ahead of four races tomorrow.
Australian Sailing Squad’s Euan McNicol (NSW) and Lucinda Whitty (NSW) move up into 18th.
It was Nathan Outteridge’s birthday local time and he celebrated it with a second place in the one and only 49er race of the day and on the first day of Gold fleet racing. After ten races Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are ranked ninth and sit right behind teammates David Gilmour (WA) and Lewis Brake (QLD), who are ranked eighth after a 12th place on Thursday and going into the last day of fleet racing.
Australian Sailing’s third crew of Queenslanders Joel Turner and Tom Siganto continue to sit in 28th.
In the women’s skiff Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Olympic silver medallist Nina Curtis (NSW) are just two spots away from the top ten and are ranked 12th after a 13th in the one 49erFX race of the day.
“It was super windy by the time we got around to our race today. We had lots of first experiences in the windier conditions as we went around the track. So, we're happy to take away a 13th in our race. Haylee and I are really enjoying learning on the run, we have lots to work on in the block before the worlds, but we are loving the challenge and smiling every day,” Nina Curtis said about her recently renewed partnership with Haylee Outteridge.
Olympic silver medallist Olivia Price (NSW) and crew Eliza Solly (VIC) had a strong day finishing tenth and moving into 28th. Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) did not start and are ranked 24th.
Laser / 470M/W / Finn
Australian Laser sailors Tom Burton (NSW) and Matt Wearn (WA) are holding on to a top ten position after the first day of Gold fleet racing in the Laser.
World #1 Tom Burton posted a 14th, which saw him drop from fourth into eighth. World #2 Matt Wearn finished ninth and dropped one place into ninth overall.
Australian Sailing’s Finn sailor Jake Lilley (QLD) remains in the top group in the Finn fleet and is ranked fourth after a fifth place on Thursday.
In the Women’s 470 Carrie Smith (WA) and Jaime Ryan (QLD) posted a ninth on Carrie’s birthday, which sees the pair sitting in 15th overall.
In the men’s 470 Victorians Tom Klemens and Tim Hannah hold on to tenth after a 12th place on Thursday.
Paralympic classes – Sonar
Australian Sailing Team’s Sonar crew of Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) posted a third place in Thursday’s racing and continue to hold on to third place overall ahead of Friday’s final racing in the Paralympic classes.
Racing resumes on Friday, 29 January at 10:00 local time (EST).
See Miami Action video clip here: https://youtu.be/PirnUxOlbOA
Australian Sailing Team & Squad athletes at Sailing World Cup Miami
Mixed Multi-hull – Nacra 17
Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 19, 3, 3, 4, 3, 11, 2, (22), 8, 11, 4 – 1st
Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 8, 37, 24, 21, (44), 12, 31, 8, 6, 17, 15 – 18th
Men’s Skiff – 49er
David Gilmour (WA/WAIS/AST) & Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS/ASS): 11, 1, 7, 7, (21), 9, 10, 2, 13, 12 – 8th
Nathan Outteridge (NSW) & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: (24), 10, 9, 12, 3, 5, 2, 32, 10, 2 – 9th
Joel Turner (QLD/QAS/AST) & Tom Siganto (QLD/QAS/ASS): 8, 17, 14, 15, 6, 15, 20, 18, 15, (25) – 28th
Women's Skiff – 49erFX
Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Nina Curtis (NSW/AST): 6, (18 STP), 8, 16, 15, 13, 2, (34), 21, 13 – 12th
Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 9, 25, 29, 18, 31, 30, (33), 33, 27, 10 – 28tht
Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 18, 20, 15, 28, 6, 35 (DNF), 28, 18, 19, 35 DNS – 24th
Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser
Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 34, 4, 2, 12, 9, 3, 24 – 8th
Matt Wearn (WA/WAIS) – AST: 2, 23, 20, 1, 3, 12, 9 – 9th
Men's Two Person Dinghy – 470M
Tom Klemens (VIC/VIS) & Tim Hannah (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 3, 8, 12, 9, 16, (17), 12 – 10th
Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W
Carrie Smith (WA/WAIS) & Jaime Ryan (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 10, (18 BFD), 18 OCS, 7, 11, 13, 9 – 15th
Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
Jake Lilley (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 9, 47 (BFD), 1, 2, 5 – 4th
Paralympic Boat Classes
Three-Person keelboat – Sonar
Colin Harrison (WA/WAIS), Jonathan Harris (NSW/NSWIS), Russell Boaden (WA/WAIS) – AST: 6, 3, 2, 2,2, (7) – 3rd
Australian Sailing at the Sailing World Cup Miami
Sailors from 64 nations are competing at the Sailing World Cup Miami in what is the first big showdown of Olympic and Paralympic sailing in 2016. 711 athletes feature across the ten Olympic and two Paralympic events from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 January.
In the Olympic classes, 23 Australian Sailing Team (AST) and Squad (ASS) athletes represent Australian Sailing in 13 boats across seven classes (49er/FX, Nacra 17, Laser, Women’s 470 and Finn). Australian Sailing Team’s Sonar crew is the only Paralympic boat competing in Miami.
While Australian Sailing has already qualified all of the three Paralympic classes as well as the nine Olympic classes it aimed to qualify for Rio 2016, final selection is still open in all but the 49er, Men’s 470 and Nacra 17.
Of those already selected by the Australian Olympic Committee in December to represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (see AOC media release here: http://rio2016.olympics.com.au/news/first-sailors-selected-include-three-defending-champions ), 2012 Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) as well Nacra 17 World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) are racing at Miami.
For the sailors with a confirmed spot in the Olympic Regatta this event is about sharpening the tactical game, refining equipment, and testing the opposition. Others have a more immediate focus as they are in the midst of a selection series.
For the 49er/49erFX crews Miami also is a welcome test event with the 49er/49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships following in Clearwater, Florida in February (7-14 February 2016).
Whilst the Paralympic racing wraps up on 29 January, the Olympic competitors will be fighting it out to appear in Saturday's live television broadcast of the Medal Races.
Medal Races on Saturday 30 January will bring the Sailing World Cup Miami to a close with the races to be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv
See event preview here: http://www.australiansailing.org/sailing-world-cup-miami-kicks-off-2016-olympic-and-paralympic-season/
See media release day one & two here: http://www.australiansailing.org/jason-waterhouse-and-lisa-darmanin-take-lead-at-sailing-world-cup-miami/
See media release day three here: http://www.australiansailing.org/half-way-mark-at-sailing-world-cup-miami/
See AST video preview here: https://youtu.be/TpYJ8uF_C_s
How to follow
LIVE RACING & TRACKING
Live Medal Races will be available from 11:00 EST on Saturday here:
URL - https://youtu.be/_V2YQYar0IU
RESULTS / ENTRIES
Entries for Sailing World Cup Miami are available to view here - http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_registrant_list.php?regatta_id=11442&custom_report_id=66 and results are available here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
Live Tracking via the Sailviewer-3D Tablet App will be available for devices with 7" or greater screens.
Click here to download the iOS Application - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sailviewer-3d/id912801278
Click here to download the Android Application - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stsportservice.sailviewer
The Competition Status Screen feeds in straight from the Race Committee boats with the teams inputting data such as race times, course type, the status of each race and the plan moving forward. The competition status screen will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
The hashtag of Sailing World Cup Melbourne is #SWCMiami16
Sailing World Cup
The Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2016 Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup champions will be crowned
2016 Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-13 December 2015
Miami – 23-30 January 2016
Hyères – 25 April – 1 May 2016
Weymouth and Portland – 6-12 June 2016
Qingdao – 12-18 September 2016
2015 Final Abu Dhabi – 24-28 October 2016