ISAF Sailing World Cup 2016 – Miami – Australian Sailing Team’s Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) have taken the lead at the first Sailing World Cup of 2016, which is currently underway at Miami, Florida from 25 January to 30 January 2016.
After light winds on day one, which had resulted in reduced racing, day two (Tuesday, 26 January 2016 EST local time) was another challenging day for sailors and officials alike. 14-knot southeasterly breeze whipped its way around Biscayne Bay, but predicted to hold throughout the day, the breeze was unable to sustain its tempo, dropping once again in the early afternoon and in the words of Australian Sailing’s Jason Waterhouse it was a day to ‘have your head on a screw.
As a result only the 49er, Laser and Paralympic fleets completed their full schedule of racing for the day with the remainder either completing three, two, one or in the Finn fleets case, no races.
In the Miami shifts Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin impressed with good tactical decisions posting a consistent series of three – four – three on the second day of the regatta with three days remaining before Saturday’s top ten medal race. After five Nacra 17 races they lead the way on 13 points.
‘It was all about having your head on a screw,” Jason Waterhouse said. ‘Just keep looking around and making good tactical decisions. The first race was a boat speed race and the next two were tactical chess playing races.”
‘It was a lot of fun out there and I’m sure there were a lot of ups and downs and we are happy to come away on the right side of it. We had a really good day and were really consistent. It was tricky and typical of Miami. We can take it forward for the rest of the regatta.”
While the selection pressure is off for the two cousins, Miami is a welcome benchmark opportunity ahead of the Nacra 17 Worlds in Clearwater, Florida in February (7-14 February 2016) with every day counting as they prepare for Rio 2016.
“We sailed really well as a team today and Jas did a great job sending us in the right direction, while I was busy at the front. We are racing well and getting rewarded for it,” crew Lisa Darmanin said.
“Miami has proved as tricky as always with light breezes. It’s a really intense fleet here for the Nacra 17 being the qualification for most boats and around 50 Nacras keeping us on our toes. We’re happy to be in the lead after some consistent sailing and the plan is to keep chipping away.”
Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) had a slow start to the regatta in the 49er, but moved from 27th to 12th after a total of six races thus far. New combination of David Gilmour (WA) and Lewis Brake (QLD), who most recently won the 49er nationals, are currently the highest ranked Australian crew in seventh place. The pair had a race win on the first day of the regatta and backed it up with three top ten finishes on day two.
Completing the Australian skiff contingent in Miami, Joel Turner (QLD) and Tom Siganto (QLD) follow in 26th in the 61-boat fleet.
Also in the women’s skiff, three Australian Sailing crews are contesting the event with the “renewed” pairing of Haylee Outteridge (NSW) and Olympic silver medallist Nina Curtis (NSW) the top ranked Australian crew in eleventh place after two days of racing.
They are followed by Tess Llloyd (VIC) and Caitlin Elks (WA), who moved up from 22nd to 18th while Olympic silver medallist Olivia Price (NSW) and crew Eliza Solly (VIC) drop into 25th after two races on day one and another three races on day two,
The international Australian selection battle between World number one Tom Burton (NSW) and number two Matt Wearn (WA) continues in Miami with the two Australian Sailing Team sailors ranked eighth and tenth respectively after two days of racing.
Not much is separating them after Matt Wearn led over Tom Burton on day one with Tom Burton overtaking his teammate after another two races on Tuesday despite Matt winning the last race of the day.
The Lasers will hope for two races tomorrow (Wednesday EST local time) and then, regardless of how many races have been completed, the fleet will be split into Gold and Silver Groups for the final two days of full-fleet racing.
In the men’s 470 Victorians Tom Klemens and Tim Hannah had a strong start to the regatta when they came third on the first day. After an eighth and 12th place on day two, they are now ranked seventh.
Carrie Smith (WA) and Jaime Ryan (QLD) had a challenging second day with a black flag and OCS in both races of the day, which puts them into 16th overall with three days of fleet racing to go.
World Champions and World #1 Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD), who have already been selected on to the Olympic Team, are not in Miami, but will start their 2016 international season at the 470 World Championships in Argentina in February (20-27 February 2016).
No racing was completed on Tuesday in the Finn class. With only on race sailed on Monday, Australian Sailing Squad’s Jake Lilley (QLD) is currently ranked ninth.
Paralympic classes – Sonar
After a sixth place on day one, Australian Sailing Team’s Sonar crew of Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) posted a third and second place on day two, which sees them move into second overall.
Racing resumes on Wednesday 27 January at 10:00 local time (EST, AEST minus 16hrs). The Laser, Laser Radial and 49er will complete their qualification series and many of the fleets will be looking to catch up on races lost over two challenging days.
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. Nearly 800 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, 2012 Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) as well Nacra 17 World number one 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.
Australian Sailing Team and Squad athletes at Sailing World Cup Miami
Men’s Skiff – 49er
– David Gilmour (WA/WAIS/AST) and Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS/ASS): 11, 1, 7, 7, (21), 9 – seventh
– Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: (24), 10, 9, 12, 3, 5 – 12th
– Joel Turner (QLD/QAS/AST) and Tom Siganto (QLD/QAS/ASS): 8, (17), 14, 15, 6, 15 – 26th
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
– Haylee Outteridge (NSW/ASS) and Nina Curtis (NSW/AST): 6, (18 STP), 8, 16, 15 – 11th
– Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) and Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 18, 20, 15, 29, 6 – 18th
– Olivia Price (NSW) and Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 9, 25, 29, 18, (31) – 25th
Mixe Multi-hull – Nacra 17
– Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 19, 3, 3, 4, 3, – first
– Euan McNicol (NSW) and Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 8, 37, 24, 21, (44) – 31st
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
– Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 34, 4, 2, 12 – eighth
– Matt Wearn (WA/WAIS) – AST: 2, 23, 20, 1 – 10th
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470M
– Tom Klemens (VIC/VIS) and Tim Hannah (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 3, 8, 12 – seventh
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470W
– Carrie Smith (WA/WAIS) and Jaime Ryan (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 10, (18 BFD), 18 OCS – 16th
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
– Jake Lilley (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 9 – ninth
Paralympic Boat Classes
Three-Person keelboat – Sonar
– Colin Harrison (WA/WAIS), Jonathan Harris (NSW/NSWIS), Russell Boaden (WA/WAIS) – AST: (6), 3, 2 – second
by Cora Zillich