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O LY M P I C S JASON WATERHOUSE AND LISA DARMANIN WIN SILVER AT THE RIO OLYMPICS! N ewport local, and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club member, Jason Waterhouse, sailing with his cousin and team mate, Lisa Darmanin, made history winning Silver in the newly added Nacra 17 class sailing in their first ever Olympic Games. Among the crowd at the RPAYC, was Jason and Lisa’s sailing coach and good friend, Traks Gordon, along with Traks, Jason’s Grandfather and Aunt came down to the Club. Jason’s Grandfather gave a touching speech about his grandson’s competitive spirit which has gotten him a Silver Medal. More than 100 keen members headed down to the Club in the early hours of the morning to support their fellow member and Australian Sailors in the final Medal Races. We would like to thank those staff from the Club who came in at 3am to assist and cheer on the medallists. Anticipations were high when Tom Burton claimed Gold in the Men’s Laser in the previous race. The crowd watched nervously as Jason and Lisa took to the race course. Coming into the Medal Race in 4th position meant the team had to really lift to clinch the Gold Medal from the leaders, the Argentinians. At the start of the race the Argentinians were penalised early which gave Jason and Lisa a good start ahead of the leaders. At the top mark Jason and Lisa along with the Kiwis, took a good lead. On the last leg of the race New Zealand was 20 seconds ahead of Australia with Austria in third and Argentina in fourth. Coming from almost last place, Argentina pushed their way back in with the race leaders until they were hit with a set-back when they were given a penalty rounding the last mark. With the crowd at the Club on their feet at the finish it was New Zealand first, Australia second, Austria third, USA fourth, France fifth and Argentina came in at sixth place. With the lead Argentina had coming into the finals, won they Gold by a single point, with Australia winning Silver and Austria winning Bronze. 38 YACHTSMAN