At this Rio Test Event 2015 the crown was decided in the Medal Race between these two teams. Besson-Riou finished 2nd behind Zajac-Frank while the Australian Youths scored a 5th that secured them the title with a 5 pts gap.
The Australian team to my knowledge hasn´t defined yet who is going to represent them at Rio in the Nacra 17, but the peaking performance of Jason & Lisa, plus the former Olympic medalist Bundy & Nina wanting the spot , plus Landy (former Tornado Olympic Silver) as Coach, the Aussie Team is gathering momentum towards Rio in a brilliant and pretty solid way.
I hope to see Jason at Punta Ala Worlds in two weeks, he told me he will try to attend. Reviewing what he'd done past year at Bordeaux A-Cat Euros with few hours in the Class (2nd behind Glenn), he can easily now be again a threat to top contenders like Mischa,Brewin & Ashby.
Waterhouse is called to keep the Australian Multihull flag at the pinnacle of the sport, Olympic & Americas Cup included.
Read his interview we did some months ago and find out how also Lisa has been a key part of their success racing from H16s to the Olympic arena at catsailingnews.com/2014/10/jason-waterhouse-interview-youth.html
Top ten below. Full results at http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/index.php
|1||AUS||Jason WaterhouseLisa Darmanin||7||5||2||5||6||2||1||1||4||-8||4||10||55.0||47.0|
|2||FRA||Billy BessonMarie Riou||3||3||7||8||5||3||5||-12||9||4||1||4||64.0||52.0|
|3||NED||Mandy MulderCoen de Koning||1||4||10||6||2||4||3||4||(18) |
|4||GER||Paul KohlhoffCarolina Werner||6||1||4||2||1||1||-13||10||6||13||5||12||74.0||61.0|
|5||NZL||Gemma JonesJason Saunders||2||2||-14||1||3||13||2||6||2||10||13||8||76.0||62.0|
|6||DEN||Lin Ea Cenholt ChristiansenChristian Peter Lübeck||4||6||1||7||-12||8||8||2||7||2||2||20||79.0||67.0|
|7||ITA||Vittorio BissaroSilvia Sicouri||12||8||12||10||9||(18) |
|8||AUT||Thomas ZajacTanja Chiara Frank||8||7||11||9||10||7||6||(18) |
|9||ARG||Santiago LangeCecilia Carranza Saroli||16||15||6||3||8||9.4 |
|10||ESP||Iker Martinez de LizarduyMarina Lopez||-17||17||13||11||7||5||12||5||3||3||14||14||121.0||104.0|