Gemma and Jason have finished 9th at the first ever Nacra 17 World Championship.
Across eight races sailed the kiwis were in the top ten in five of those and if the final day had provided wind they were within reach of further improving their final placing.
In May 2012 the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) selected the Nacra 17 as the equipment for the new mixed multihull class; Rio 2016 will be the first time a mixed gender discipline features in the Olympic sailing regatta.
19 year old Gemma Jones (Murrays Bay Sailing Club) and 22 year old Jason Saunders (Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club) paired up to campaign the class earlier this year and have competed at four other European regattas after receiving their new Nacra catamaran in the lead-up to this World Championship.
Saunders represented New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympics sailing finishing 5th in the Men’s 470 with Paul Snow-Hansen at the helm. Gemma Jones has represented New Zealand twice at ISAF Youth Worlds in 2011 and 2012 where she placed 5th in the SL16 multihull.
2013 Nacra 17 World Championship, The Hague, Netherlands
9th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders
36th (11th in silver fleet) Nicole van der Velden and Tomer Simhony
51st (26th in silver fleet) Gareth Moore and Vicky Francis
Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are 8th in the 2013 Nacra 17 World Championship standings where points are close at the top of the leader board after five races.With an impressive 65 boat fleet, kiwi duo Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders are proving themselves as solid contenders in this new Olympic class.
The 2013 Nacra 17 World Championships got underway today but just one of two (split) fleets completed their races. Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders have made an encouraging start with a 7th and a 3rd on the water, they are placed 2nd in the standings.The sailing conditions were difficult as the wind started to die out.
Nacra17 World Championship The Hague 2013
NEW ZEALAND’S NACRA 17 SAILORS: FROM KIEL TO DEN HAAG FOR WORLD CHAMPS
Olympian Jason Saunders reports in with a campaign update…
EUROSAF Regatta, Garda
Results of Final Race