Mixed Nacra 17 pair set sail for the top three

Posted on July 31, 2021 by

NSWIS Scholarship holders Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse have produced their best day of racing thus far to close in on the top three positions in the Tokyo 2020 mixed Nacra 17 competition.

Competing in races 7-9, the pair finished first, fifth and fourth, to finish the day with a net score of 35 points, just 3 points more than third-placed Germany.

The Australians started quickly in the first race, hitting the first mark ahead of the fleet and never looking back, crossing the line in first and picking up just the one point.

Race 8 saw another positive start, as the NSWIS pair sat in fourth behind Spain, Germany, and Italy for most of the race, however, just lost a place in the final section to the fast-finishing French. In the final race of the day, the Aussies were quick off the mark once again, passing through the first marker in third. Despite losing two places at the next marker, they fought to gain a place back and finish race 9 in fourth.

Darmanin and Waterhouse remain well and truly in the hunt for medals, with races 10-12 taking place on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s medal race.

In the women’s 49er FX class, NSWIS sailor Jaime Ryan and partner Tess Lloyd finished their events strongly with two top-ten finishes, crossing for 11th, 8th, and 8th in races 10-12. Unfortunately, the results still left the duo 11 points short of qualifying for the medal race, finishing their Tokyo campaign in 13th.


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