Jason Saunders, from the Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club, sailed at Rio 2016 with Gemma Jones in the mixed gender multihull event (Nacra 17), which was one of two events never seen before at the Olympic Games.
This was his second Olympic Games, having represented New Zealand at London 2012 in the Men's 470 class sailing with Paul Snow-Hansen. There they placed 5th overall.
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.
Jason's Games History
Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016
Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Medal Race (Jones/Saunders) 94Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 12 (Jones/Saunders) 2pts QNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 11 (Jones/Saunders) 13ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 10 (Jones/Saunders) 13ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 09 (Jones/Saunders) 12ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 08 (Jones/Saunders) 8ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 07 (Jones/Saunders) 4ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 06 (Jones/Saunders) 2ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 05 (Jones/Saunders) 4ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 04 (Jones/Saunders) 5ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 03 (Jones/Saunders) 7ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 02 (Jones/Saunders) 15ptsNacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 01 (Jones/Saunders) 9pts
Olympic Summer Games London 2012
Medal Race 14Race 10 12Race 09 13Race 08 9Race 07 7Race 06 3Race 05 16Race 04 4Race 03 5Race 02 3Race 01 28