Jason Waterhouse jumped at the chance to join the Australian team for the inaugural campaign in Season 1, and despite being the youngest member of the crew, served in a critical role as flight controller & tactician as they went on to win the first-ever SailGP championship. From the first event on their home waters in Sydney Harbour to the thrilling match race against the Japan SailGP Team in Marseille, the Aussies found themselves near the top of the leaderboard at every event in 2019.
Waterhouse returns to the Australia SailGP Team in the same role for Season 2 and the crew is anything but complacent as it looks to repeat as champions.
When he was a child, Waterhouse spent four years sailing around the world exploring remote parts of the planet and strengthening his passion for being on the water. Along with his father, mother and sister – who all compete at the international level of the sport – they experienced everything from tropical paradises to cyclones and pirates.
Having originally started competing alongside his sister, he joined forces with his cousin Lisa Darmanin in 2008 and the pair eventually won the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2009, jumpstarting what would evolve into a world-class partnership.
Waterhouse continued sailing with his cousin over the next several years, winning the 2015 Rio Test Event and finishing second at the world championships in the prelude to what would be his greatest career accomplishment at the time. In his Olympics debut in Rio, Waterhouse and Darmanin were sitting in fourth place in the mixed multihull Nacra 17 class prior to the decisive medal race, jumping two spots in the standings, as the stunning performance earned them a silver medal in Brazil. He is working towards selection for the Tokyo Olympics, in addition to his Australia SailGP commitments.
Following his Olympic breakthrough, Waterhouse stepped up onto the America’s Cup circuit and his performance as tactician for the Japanese entry during the 35th America’s Cup was considered top-class.
Waterhouse enjoys hiking and playing squash when he’s not on the water, and got engaged to his girlfriend Kat in 2019.