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SailingJason Waterhouse

Jason Waterhouse



Place of Birth

St Leonards, NSW

Olympic History

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Career Events

Mixed Nacra

Sailing Mixed Multihull


Jason's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Sailing
Event: Nacra 17
Olympic History: Rio 2016 (silver), Tokyo 2020
Highlights: Silver at Rio 2016
Year Born: 1991
State Born: Newport, NSW

Jason Waterhouse grew up with a love of the water, having spent four years sailing around the world on a yacht as a child.

He took up competitive sailing with his sister, making his junior debut in 2006 but started competing with cousin Lisa Darmanin ahead of the 2009 Youth Worlds.

Training together at Middle Harbour Sailing Club, they claimed their first overseas medal (gold) at the 2009 ISAF Youth Worlds in Buzios, Brazil and made their senior National Team debut in 2013.

The lead into Rio 2016 was a successful one for Darmanin and Waterhouse, winning the Rio Test Event and finishing second at the World Championships in 2015.

After eight years of sailing together, the Northern Beaches cousins made their Olympic debut at Rio 2016, where they took out the silver medal in the mixed multi-hull Nacra 17 class.

Sitting in fourth prior to the decisive medal race, the Aussie duo jumped two places up the rankings after they crossed the line in second in the final race of the regatta behind New Zealand.

The Sydneysiders were pipped for the gold medal by the Argentineans by a single point after the crew of Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza Sarouli finished the medal race in sixth as Austria's Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank won the bronze.

Selected for his second Olympics where he would compete alongside cousin, Lisa Darmanin, they were in fourth place going into the medal race where points are doubled. 

The task was to defeat Germany by four boats.
“We got a penalty on the start on the Germans, so that job was done. And we managed the Germans and the Spanish from there,” Lisa Darmanin said of the Tokyo Medal Race start line.
But unfortunately on the second upwind they caught some plastic on their foil and didn’t notice. They couldn’t really foil [where the boat sits above the water at an incredibly fast pace] downwind.”

They would eventually place fifth overall.

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