London now looms large for busy Kiwi sailors

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 12:30 21/05/2012

Relevant offers

National

Kiwi athlete Nick Willis hopes doping revelations a 'hammer blow' to his sport Joseph Parker at the head of heavyweight division's 'exciting youth movement' Wrist injury takes Wallabies lock Rob Simmons out of Bledisloe Cup test New Zealand golfer Danny Lee finishes fourth at latest PGA Tour event in Virginia Kevin Braswell signs two-year coaching contract with the Wellington Saints Long: Heat coming on New Zealand Warriors coach Andrew McFadden Josiah Natzke fourth in Belgium, right in the European motocross hunt New coach Kevin Braswell may lure Southland Sharks players to Wellington New Zealand miss out on semifinals at Women's world junior team squash champs Lauren Boyle just out of medals as Rio prospects for others appear dim already

New Zealand's Olympic class sailors have finished Mad May with two medals from seven world championships but plenty of work remains ahead of the London Olympics.

The flurry of world championships in May for the Kiwis ended overnight (NZT) when Sara Winther finished 34th at the Laser Radial world championship off Boltenhagen, Germany.

Winther was 10th at last year's worlds in Perth, a result that confirmed her spot on the Olympic team, but she was unable to recover from back-to-back black flag disqualifications (for being over the start line inside the last minute before the gun) on the first day of the finals series, which saw her drop from 13th to 34th.

Consistency was the key in predominantly windy and shifty weather and though she had several top-10s acrioss the 12 races, including two seconds and a third, there were too many high numbers for her to be in contention. Lithuanian Gintare Sheidt claimed top spot in the 130-strong fleet.

Like most of the New Zealand team, Winther will enjoy a short break before the Sail for Gold World Cup regatta at the Olympic venue off Weymouth.

New Zealanders have won three minor medals at world championships this year; windsurfer JP Tobin won bronze in March, as did Laser exponent Andy Maloney earlier this month, while Peter Burling and Blair Tuke took silver in the 49er class last week.

Also inside the top 10 and within striking distance of medals were the women's 470 team of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, who finished fourth overall after being in medal contention throughout the regatta, while the Star crew of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner finished seventh and qualified for the Olympics.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content