Saturday 18th July 2009
By Damian Devine
The Multihull - Hobie 16 provided the final race of the ISAF Youth World championship, sailed in Brazil overnight. The race also proved to be the closest and one of the most exciting. RPAYC member and Youth Development graduate Jason WATERHOUSE and his cousin Lisa DARMANIN just held off the challenge from defending champs Romain BELLET and Valentin BELLET (FRA) to win gold by a single point.
Photography © Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race
His elated parents and experienced Hobie sailors, Rod & Kerry Waterhouse said that Jason spoke to them immediately after the last race from the water via sat phone handed to him by an official, saying " I won, I won, I won!", Kerry adding "and we haven't heard from him since. He was pretty stoked and of course we're elated, this is a fantastic result for Jason and Lisa; for themselves, the Alfreds and for Australia. It's a great feeling."
After 8 races with one discard, Jason & Lisa finished on 20 points one point clear of the defending champions from France after discarding their 3rd race 10th place. Overall they finished with three 1st placings, two 3rds, a 4th, a 7th and a 10th place, with relative consistency rewarding them with the gold. The racing in this Division was amongst an extremely competitive 17 strong field with teams stretching right across the globe.
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin representing Australia celebrate winning the Gold medal in the Hobie 16 Open Multihull class
at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2009 in Buzios, Brazil Photography © Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race
This event is the pinnacle of the youth sailing calendar. Over 280 sailors from 59 nations made their mark at the first-ever edition of the Youth Worlds held in South America.Racing was held across seven events, male, female and mixed there will be 12 races scheduled for each event.
The official ISAF media quoted Jason as saying, "At the moment I'm more relieved than happy, but I'm still pretty happy!" WATERHOUSE said after a stressful day on the water. "We just got out there and tried keep to consistent. It was good breeze and we got off the line well, got up there and just tried to stay there."
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin celebrate the moment of their Gold medal victory in the Hobie 16 Multihull class at the Volvo
Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2009 in Buzios, Brazil Photography © Dave Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race
After a shaky start to the regatta 2008 champions, the French BELLET brothers, stormed back in the stronger winds which have typified second half of the series. However, they left their charge just a little too late and although they won the final race, the Aussies came in third to claim gold. Silver went to France, with Italians Francesco PORRO and Luca MARSAGLIA completing the podium
Congratulations Jason & Lisa!
Visit http://www.isafyouthworlds.com for all the news, results, information from the ISAF Youth Worlds in Brazil.
Open Multihull - Hobie Cat 16
|1||AUS||Jason Waterhouse||Lisa Darmanin||1.0||1.0||(10.0)||7.0||3.0||1.0||4.0||3.0||30.0||20.0|
|2||FRA||Romain Bellet||Valentin Bellet||5.0||(8.0)||3.0||8.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||1.0||29.0||21.0|
|3||ITA||Francesco Porro||Luca Marsaglia||4.0||(9.0)||2.0||1.0||4.0||3.0||3.0||7.0||33.0||24.0|
|4||RSA||Matthew Whitehead||Calene Loubser||2.0||3.0||9.0||(12.0)||8.0||6.0||2.0||2.0||44.0||32.0|
|5||GBR||Adam Butler||Nikki Boniface||(13.0)||2.0||7.0||2.0||7.0||7.0||6.0||5.0||49.0||36.0|
|6||NED||Rob Sprij||Mathijs Pauli||7.0||5.0||5.0||(18.0 DSQ)||2.0||5.0||5.0||8.0||55.0||37.0|
|7||BRA||Diego de Oliveira Monteiro||Daniel Dantas Souto||8.0||(18.0 DNF)||1.0||4.0||9.0||8.0||7.0||4.0||59.0||41.0|
|8||NZL||JamesTurner||Marcus Hansen||6.0||(18.0 DNF)||12.0||3.0||5.0||9.0||9.0||9.0||71.0||53.0|
|9||DEN||Daniel Bjørnholt Christensen||Nicolaj Bjørnholt Christensen||3.0||(18.0 DNF)||4.0||5.0||10.0||12.0||13.0||12.0||77.0||59.0|
|10||ARG||Gastón Cheb Terrab||Pedro Kocourek||11.0||(18.0 DNF)||14.0||10.0||6.0||10.0||8.0||6.0||83.0||65.0|
|11||GER||Niklas Bostelmann||Florian Bostelmann||10.0||(18.0 DNF)||8.0||6.0||14.0||11.0||10.0||13.0||90.0||72.0|
|12||BEL||Arnout Victor||Klaas Victor||9.0||7.0||16.0||14.0||(18.0 OCS)||4.0||11.3 RDG||11.3 RDG||90.6||72.6|
|13||SIN||Aaron Pan||Peter Wong||12.0||4.0||15.0||11.0||12.0||13.0||(18.0 DNF)||10.0||95.0||77.0|
|14||USA||Korbin Kirk||Daniel Segerblom||15.0||6.0||6.0||9.0||16.0||17.0||15.0||(18.0 DNC)||102.0||84.0|
|15||GUA||Stephan Breeuwer||Josue Hernandez||(18.0 DNF)||18.0 DNF||11.0||13.0||11.0||14.0||12.0||14.0||111.0||93.0|
|16||BOT||Stewart Walker||David Thomas||16.0||(18.0 DNF)||13.0||15.0||13.0||16.0||11.0||11.0||113.0||95.0|
|17||TUR||Ilber Gunduz||Teoman Unlu||14.0||(18.0 DNF)||17.0||16.0||15.0||15.0||14.0||18.0 DN|