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Olympic sailing medals for Australia

By on August 17th, 2016

Australia has won two medals in the Olympics in Rio for sailing, a gold medal and a silver medal. Congratulations to our newest medalists!

Cousins from Sydney, Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse, came within an inch of winning a sailing gold medal, after one win and two disastrous heats. They finished one point behind the gold medal-winning sailors from Argentina after going into the sailing final in 4th position.

Watch the medal winning race video below!

Lisa Darmanin Jason Waterhouse silver medal olympics nacra 17 sailing race catamaran podium

Tom Burton earlier today won a gold medal for sailing in the Laser class. It is Australia’s first gold medal in sailing at the Rio Olympic Games.

Tom Burton gold medal olympics laser dinghy sailing race winner. Credit: Getty imagesHis main rival, from Croatia, was 10 points ahead, at the start of the sailing race which was worth double points. Burton pulled a move on the start line to force the Croatian sailor to take a penalty turn, giving the Aussie sailor the head start. Burton only needed to finish in third place to take the gold medal.

Australia also won gold in the laser sailing class in London 2012, with Tom Slingsby taking home the gold medal.

When the Commonwealth Games arrive on the Gold Coast in April 2018, south east Queensland is sure to be full of excitement. We look forward to watching more Aussies claim medals in sailing at the Commonwealth Games!

If you are visiting Queensland for the Commonwealth Games, come holiday with us before or after the celebrations. Our mild autumn weather is bound to be delightfully warm and sunny, and we have some great specials on charter boats available for hire.

If you live on the Gold Coast and want to escape the crowds come holiday with us. It’s conveniently during the school holidays, so enquire now for availability, and to place a hold on your preferred boat. We’re sure to book out early for April 2018!

Lisa Darmanin Jason Waterhouse silver medal olympics nacra 17 sailing race catamaran finish line

 

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