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Gold for Waterhouse and Darmanin at Princess Sofia Trophy_2
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin in the thick of the action on Day 5 - Image by Sailing Energy - Princess Sofia Trophy

Australian Sailing Team members Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have claimed Gold for Australia in the Nacra 17 class at the 50th Princess Sofia Trophy Iberostar in Palma, Spain today.

The Nacra 17's did not have the opportunity of sailing their Medal Race, as winds were high, causing big seas and waves. The Australian pair won the gold medal based on the fact they were at the top of the leaderboard coming into the Medal Race, 14 points up on their nearest rivals.

"A bit of an anticlimax, not racing, but good to have a win," Darmanin said having waited ashore since 9am to see if they would race or not.

"The waves were just too big unfortunately. It's just not worth racing when it's like that, you end up breaking gear. The wind had dropped down, but the sea hadn't," she said.

"We are very happy. That's three big wins in a row," the NSW athlete said, referring to her and Waterhouse's gold medal performances at the Olympic Test event in Enoshima, Japan last September and at the Miami World Cup in January. "And now this one," she said.

"It feels pretty good, but to be honest, we still have lots to learn. We've learned big lessons here. We need to go and fix little things," Darmanin ended.

Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan came into the 470 Men's double points Medal Race in fifth place overall. Waiting ashore for some hours, they finally started at 2pm local time and finished seventh for 14 points, to maintain their fifth place overall.

Initially 25 plus knot winds gusting to 30 on big seas with breaking waves delayed all Medal Races. It was quite ironic, considering racing was delayed on most others days because of too little breeze. Midday came and went, but shortly after, the Laser and Finn classes began their races as winds abated. Apart from the Nacra 17, the only other classes not to sail their Medal Races were the 49er and 49erFX, so their results of yesterday stand.

Reviewing the Team's performance this past week, Australian Sailing's Performance Director Iain Murray said: "We had expectations that were not fulfilled in the 470 Men's, so there's a bit of work to do there. Fifth is not where they belong. They had one tough race (DSQ in Race 1), but everyone gets that.

"We came here with higher expectations in the Finn, 49er, 49erFX and 470 Women's, so clearly those results are not great. We need to look at ourselves and ask what we're not doing right. Genoa (World Cup Series in Italy, starting in eight days) will be a testing event as well. Then we have a lot of European championships coming up, which are important," Murray said.

"We hope we can take away the hard lessons we learnt this week and put them into better practice in the next weeks and regroup."

Altogether, 1225 sailors from 67 nations participated, with the Australian Sailing Team squad represented in the 470 Men's, 470 Women's, 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Finn classes.

The next European competition for the Australian Sailing Team is Hempel World Cup Series Round 3 in Genoa, Italy, from 15 to 21 April.

For full results and all information, see here: www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/

By Di Pearson/AST media manager

Final Australian results:

470 Men's Medal Race final results (Medal Race points in brackets)

Gold Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergstrom, SWE (2) - 47 points

Silver Jordi Xammer/Nicolas Rodriguez, ESP (10) – 84 points

Bronze Luke Patience/Chris Grube, GBR (16) - 86 points

5th Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (14) – 94 points

470 Men's Gold fleet – 10 races (one drop)

17th Chris Charlwood/Josh Dawson: 8, 4, 22, 16, 12, 11, 22, (35), 11, 9 = 115

 470 Women – 10 races (one drop)

25th Nia Jerwood/Monique de Vries: 23, 15, 13, 28, (BFD), 17, 27, 16, 31, 28 = 198 points

49erFX Gold fleet - 12 races (one drop)

17th Tess Lloyd/Jaime Ryan: 3, 19, 7, 14, 16, 2, (23), 6, 9, 19, 12, 22, 17, 22, 12, = 180 points

21st Natasha Bryant/Annie Wilmot: 1, (DSQ), 3, 19, 20, 10, 18, 24, 15, 15, 16, 7, 21, 20, 18 = 207

49erFX Silver fleet - 12 races (one drop)

27th Amelia Stabback/Caitlin Elks: 10, 13, 21, 12, 18, 7, 7, 9, 5, 1, 5, 8, (22), 4, 6 = 126 points

Nacra 17 Gold fleet - 12 races (one drop)

Gold Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin: 2, 5, 3, 9, 1, 7, 4, 3, 12, 5, 10, 3, (25), 4, 1 = 69 points

Silver Vittorio Bissaro/Maelle Frascari, ITA: 83 points

Bronze John Gimson/Anna Burnet, GBR: 84 points

21st Paul Darmanin/Lucy Copeland: 26, 11, 12, 8, 11, 12, 27, (29), 16, 19, 3, 21, 23, 10, 18 = 216

Finn Gold fleet – 10 races (one drop)

32nd Jake Lilley: 14, 24, 20, 17, 38, 15, (BFD), 7, 25, 18 = 178 points

49er Gold fleet – 12 races (one drop)

23rd David and Lachy Gilmour: 16, 2, 7, 4, 13, 9, 23, (23), 23, 16, 8, 22 = 143 points

24th Tom Needham/Joel Turner: 10, 10, 1, (30), 25, 2, 10, 17, 18, 14, UFD, 16 = 148

49er Silver fleet – 12 races (one drop)

33rd Kurt Hansen/Simon Hoffman: 6, 1, 2, 18, 21, 25, 25, 23, (33), 6, 9, 7 = 143 points

53rd Sam and Will Phillips: 27, 26, 12, 13, 32, 13, 8, 33, 17, 15, 13, (DNC) = 209

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