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Gemma Jones

Mixed Multihull - Nacra 17
Hometown: 
Auckland
Date of birth: 
Friday, January 7, 1994

Gemma Jones, from the Murrays Bay Sailing Club, will sail at Rio 2016 with Jason Saunders in the mixed multihull event (Nacra 17), which is one of two events never seen before at the Olympic Games. This will be her first Olympic Games.

Jones and Saunders paired up for a Nacra 17 campaign after its inclusion in the Olympic Games was announced back in 2013, and are one of the younger crews competing in this exciting class which features fast and furious racing, and has attracted some experienced and accomplished international sailors.

The young kiwis haven’t let that intimidate them however and in 2015 they achieved some impressive results with a 4th place at the 2015 Nacra World Championships and a 5th place at the 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio.

They are coached by Jez Fanstone.  

Career highlights:

  • 2015 Olympic Test Event Rio - 5th 

  • 2015 Nacra World Championships - 4th 

  • 2014 Nacra 17 World Championship - 5th 

  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - 6th 

  • 2013 9th Olympic Class Nacra 17 World Championships

  • 2013 6th Kiel week - Nacra 17

  • 2013 4th Garda Olympic week - Nacra 17

  • 2012 1st Youth Hobie Nationals and 2nd overall - Selected to represent NZ at IYRU Youth Worlds in SL16 catamaran

  • 2011 1st 420 W NZ Nationals and 2nd overall - Selected to represent NZ at IYRU Youth Worlds in 420

  • See full results history here

Team mate: Jason Saunders