Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) as well as Nacra 17 World #1 Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are spearheading the Australian contingent at the 2016 Nacra 17, 49er, and 49erFX World Championships in Clearwater, Florida with both crews in second place after day four of the event (Friday, 12 February 2016 EST) and with two days to go.
In the 49er, two Australian Sailing crews will progress to the 25-boats Gold Fleet with Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) defending their second place and David Gilmour (WA) and Lewis Brake (QLD) moving up into 17th to qualify.
In the women’s 49erFX fleets the battle is tight between the three Australian Sailing crews who all progress to the top-21 Gold Fleet racing with Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) ranked 16th, Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIC) in 18th and Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) following in 19th.
Mixed multi-hull – Nacra 17
In the Nacra 17 four races were completed on Friday with an up and down day for Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) winning two and adding a tenth and 20th. The result sees the pair move from third into second, after also the Jury corrected a scoring error from Wednesday.
“We had great day with new conditions here in Clearwater. It was another tricky day with four races. In the first race we had a shocking start and climbed our way back to tenth. The next two we sailed really well to get two bullets and in the final race everything just went a little wrong.
It was unfortunate to finish on a bad note but we are still learning heaps about ourselves as a team and still putting some solid results on the score board. Sometimes you nail everything and some times you make mistakes, we just don't like making mistakes twice. There will be three more races tomorrow so we will push hard for a good place going into medal race Sunday.”
The Nacra 17 has completed 12 races thus far and has one day of fleet racing left with three races scheduled for Saturday, 13 February, before Sunday’s Medal Race.
Men’s Skiff – 49er
In the 49er and 49erFX fleets, Friday, 12 February was the last day of qualifying with the fleets now splitting into Gold and Silver fleet.
Four races were completed in the 49er and Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen finished the day on a high and with a race win after a 7-18-6 in the first three races.
Australian Sailing Squad’s David Gilmour (WA) and Lewis Brake (QLD) had the strongest comeback of the day when the pair put in a convincing 1-4-4-13 series, which saw them jump from 49th into 17th and thus into Gold Fleet.
Queenslanders Joel Turner (QLD) and Tom Siganto (QLD) just missed out on Gold Fleet in 27th after posting a 16-19-6-8 series today.
Harry Price (NSW) and Harry Morton (NSW) will also continue racing in Silver Fleet.
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
Three races were completed in the 49erFX fleet with all Australian Sailing crews securing a spot in the Gold Fleet.
Australian Sailing Squad’s Tess Lloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA) are heading into the final series as the top ranked Australian crew in 16th after posting a 13-11-3 series today.
“We had awesome skiff conditions today and finally some warm sunshine! Today was all about a good start with the speed to play the left hand side of the course. The last race we were able link everything together and come way with a third.
Early days and very excited for racing tomorrow in the gold fleet when the racing really steps up!”
Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIC) head into Gold Fleet ranked 18th with Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) following in 19th.
In the 49er/49erFX Gold Fleet racing continues on Saturday as well as Sunday morning, before the top-ten Medal Race on Sunday afternoon local time (AEDT Monday, 15 February 2015).
Racing is scheduled to resume on Friday, February 12, 2016 EST (AEST minus 16hrs). 49er & 49erFX fleets will split into Gold and Silver Fleet.
Follow results here: http://www.saillife.com/#!results/xnacl
Follow Day 5 Racing LIVE – Saturday 13th February, 2016 – 12:00 eastern USA - 49er, 49erFX Gold Fleet: - https://youtu.be/w5B79pCufCg
Race Schedule: Qualifying from the 9-12th of February. Silver and Gold fleet racing from the 13-14th with the Medal races on the 14th.
Australian Sailing Team (AST) & Squad (ASS) at Nacra 17, 49er/49erFX World Championships
Results as of Friday, 12 February 2016 (EST):
Mixed Multi-hull – Nacra 17
- Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 4, 15, 21, 4, (44 OCS – tbc), 5, 4, 1, 10, 1, 1, 20 – 2nd
- Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 17, 25, 17, 18, (44 RET), 12, 21, 35, 20, 20, 32, 28 – 26th
AST Athlete profiles:
- Jason Waterhouse: http://www.australiansailing.org/team-members/jason-waterhouse/
- Lisa Darmanin: http://www.australiansorg/team-members/lisa-darmanin/
Men’s Skiff – 49er
- Nathan Outteridge (NSW) & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: (15), 2, 1, 3, 4, 7, (18), 6, 1 – 2nd
- David Gilmour (WA/WAIS/AST) & Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS/ASS): 5, 20, (27), 26, 23, 1, 4, 4 13 – 17th
- Joel Turner (QLD/QAS/AST) & Tom Siganto (QLD/QAS/ASS): 12, (24), 18, 13, 15, 16, 19, 6, 8 – 27th
- Harry Price (NSW/ASS Youth Bridging) & Harry Morton (NSW/ASS Youth Bridging): (DNF 56), 25, 33, 30, 32, 22, 29, 18 – 59th
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 – 16th
- Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 15, (20), 3, 15, 7, 7, 12, 5 – 18th
- Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) & Nina Curtis (NSW/ASS): 17, 3, 9, 3, (22 OCS), 11, 9, 15 – 19t
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/
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