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.


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Jason's Games History

  • Olympic Summer Games Rio 2016

    • Sailing (Nacra - Mixed)
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Medal Race (Jones/Saunders) 94
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 12 (Jones/Saunders) 2pts Q
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 11 (Jones/Saunders) 13pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 10 (Jones/Saunders) 13pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 09 (Jones/Saunders) 12pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 08 (Jones/Saunders) 8pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 07 (Jones/Saunders) 4pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 06 (Jones/Saunders) 2pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 05 (Jones/Saunders) 4pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 04 (Jones/Saunders) 5pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 03 (Jones/Saunders) 7pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 02 (Jones/Saunders) 15pts
      Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull Race 01 (Jones/Saunders) 9pts
      Placed 4 of 20
  • Olympic Summer Games London 2012

    • Sailing (470 - Men)
      Medal Race 14
      Race 10 12
      Race 09 13
      Race 08 9
      Race 07 7
      Race 06 3
      Race 05 16
      Race 04 4
      Race 03 5
      Race 02 3
      Race 01 28
      Placed 5 of 27