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Jason Saunders

Nacra 17 (crew)
Hometown: 
Tauranga
Date of birth: 
Thursday, November 22, 1990

Jason and Gemma Jones and have some unfinished business after narrowly missing out on a medal in the Nacra at the 2016 Rio Olympics. It was the first time the class had appeared at the Games but it’s already undergone a change, with the class joining the foiling revolution for Tokyo 2020. They’ve had some good success, finishing fourth at last year’s Nacra world championships and taking out the 2018 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta.

Gemma and Jason teamed up in the Nacra 17 after its inclusion in the Olympic Games was announced in 2013. They were fourth at the 2015 Nacra world championships and fifth at the 2015 Olympic Test Event in Rio.

Jason also went to the 2010 London Olympics, where he finished fifth in the men’s 470 with Paul Snow-Hansen, and was part of the NZL Sailing Team who won the 2013 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco.

Career Highlights:

  • 2018 Oceanbridge NZL Sailing Regatta - 1st

  • 2017 Nacra world championships - 4th

  • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - 4th

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland - 11th

  • 2016 Sailing World Cup Hyeres - 11th

  • 2016 Nacra17 World Championships, Clearwater - 14th

  • 2015 Olympic Test Event Rio - 5th

  • 2015 Nacra 17 World Championships - 4th

  • 2014 Nacra 17 World Championship - 5th

  • 2014 Olympic Test Event, Rio - 6th

  • 2013 NZL Sailing Team with ETNZ - Red Bull Youth America's Cup champions

  • 2013 Nacra17 World Championship - 9th

  • London 2012 Olympic Games, men’s 470 - 5th

  • 2012 Sail for Gold Regatta - 3rd

  • 2012 French Spring Cup Regatta - 1st

  • See full results history here