Harsh conditions make for action packed day two at Nacra 17, 49er/49erFX World Championships

Harsh conditions make for action packed day two at Nacra 17, 49er/49erFX World Championships

It was another day of tough conditions with plenty of action on day two of the 2016 Nacra 17, 49er,


It was another day of tough conditions with plenty of action on day two of the 2016 Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, Florida with only the Nacra 17 fleet getting a full set of four races in on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 EST local time. The 49erFX completed just one race to open their Championship, while the 49er fleet featuring Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) did not complete any racing.

After no racing on day one, and just one race possible on day two the 49er/FX fleets find themselves two days into the six day regatta with just one race on the board. The rough and bumpy sea state, which is compounded at the Clearwater venue by the shallow nature of the sailing waters, once again took its toll. Race organisers will do their best to catch up lost ground over coming days.

In the Nacra 17 it was an up and down day two for World #1 Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) who had two high scores (16, 20) plus two top five (4,5) finishes. Unfortunately, their score was later changed to an OCS (premature start) in the last race, which meant a race result change to 44th and thus a drop to 13th overall.

“It was a pretty tricky day. It was still a big sea state out there and some good breeze. We had four races back-to-back with big shifts and big waves so it was a really tough day. We’re not feeling too comfortable at the moment, the boat feels a bit slow and we don’t feel we have the right set up. We lost our good spinnaker due to the storm when our gear floated away, but we’ll just take it on,”  Jason Waterhouse said.


And describing an action-packed Jason added: “There was plenty of action out there, I lost Lisa over board at one bottom mark, which was pretty interesting. Lisa clung for dear life on the foot strap and I managed to drop the spinnaker and get her back on board. Luckily she was alright and it was just at the bottom gate so we only lost ten boats so it wasn’t too bad. Then at the last top mark we were second around when we caught a huge bit of weed and we lost about six boats in twenty seconds. That was a bit frustrating but we managed to crawl back to a fourth. Tomorrow looks lighter and warmer, which we’re all looking forward to.”

Sailing in two fleets the 49erFX finally got underway on Wednesday and also had an action-filled day with lots of capsizes across the fleet. The fleet was first sent out in the morning to attempt a race, but had to come back ashore with coming back through the entrance to the harbour being one of the biggest challenges at this regatta venue.

“We were postponed in the morning, as they needed to wait for the sea state to get smaller so we could sail. When we went out the waves were still pretty big and we were sent back in again. It’s quite challenging to come back in and we had to come up with a bit of game plan just before we came down wind to stay upright and not break any rigs or bodies and to be safe. There were lots of white caps and it was a bit like on a surf boat, going down a wave and trying to stay safe,” Eliza Solly described.

And skipper Olivia Price added: “I don’t think I’ve been out in conditions that bumpy before. It was a bit hairy at times and when the wind picked up it became pretty hard to really function and get upwind that much.”

In what was a hairy day for all sailors, Australian Sailing Squad’s Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) managed to get around the course the best posting a third in the one and only race of the day, which puts them into fifth place overall.

Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIC) posted 15th to be ranked 29th overall, while Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) finished the day with a 17th and sit in 33rd overall.

“When we finally got to race in the afternoon it started out ok, but then the tide started to change and the sea state got a lot worse and it was a big day,” Haylee Outteridge said.

“We didn’t really know where we were coming in the racing as everyone was upside down and all over the shop. We hung in there ok but on the last down wind we had a big capsize and I got stuck in the foot strap and I got swept away from the boat with Nina having to come to my rescue. We’ll check our rig after the capsizes as the mast goes straight down to the bottom when that happens and hopefully we’ll be all good to go for tomorrow.

No racing was completed in the men’s 49er with the fleet only getting one race in on day one. See day one release here: http://www.australiansailing.org/big-breeze-challenges-crews-on-and-off-the-water-at-nacra-17-49er-and-49erfx-world-championships-day-one/

Racing is scheduled to resume on Thursday, February 11, 2016 EST (AEST minus 16).

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 Wednesday, 10 February 2016 (EST):

Mixed Multi-hull – Nacra 17

  • Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 4, 16, 20, 4, (44 OCS – 13th
  • Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 17, 27, 16, 18, (44 RET) – 24th

AST Athlete profiles:

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:

Women's Skiff – 49erFX

  • Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 3 – 5th
  • Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 15 – 29th
  • Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Nina Curtis (NSW/ASS): 17 – 33rd

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.

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:             Qualifying

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016:      Qualifying

Thursday, 11 Feb 2016:          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

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49er and 49erFX

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Event websites:

http://www.saillife.com/ for the Nacra17 and http://49er.org/event/2016-world-championship/ for all 49er and 49erFX updates.