Kiwi sailors claim two race wins in Weymouth

04:31, Jul 31 2012

After a disappoint first day of sailing New Zealand crews clawed their way back into contention - notably winning two races - as fleet racing resumed in Weymouth this morning.

The highlight of the day was shared between Dan Slater in the Finn and Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner in the two-handed Star.

Slater, now seventh overall after four races, claimed the scalp of British sailing pin-up boy Ben Ainslie when he won his fleet's first race of the day.

He was 33secs off the pace in race four finishing sixth.

But crucially Ainslie could not match his heroics of day one and slipped back down the overall standings with his sixth and 12th in races three and four.

That helped Slater claw back ground but also allowed Jonas Hogh-Christensen, who won both races on day one, to extend his buffer on the fleet.


The Dane finished one place behind Slater in races three and four.

Pepper and Turner also won their first race of the regatta by 13 secs but slipped off the pace in their other race finishing in lowly 13th spot.

They are now 10th after two days of racing.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke powered their skiff to a ninth and seventh and are eighth overall.

In the Laser, Andrew Murdoch is now ninth after a 12th and eighth. It could have been worse. Murdoch rounded the first maker in his last race of the day in 19th position.

If Murdoch has now finally found his sea legs in Weymouth, Sara Winther is still dreaming of discovering hers.

She is well off the pace in the Laser Radial placed 27th overall after she notched up a 31st placing in the 41 dinghy fleet, and 23rd place in the second race of the day.

The women's match racers were beaten by Spain but bounced back to record a victory over Denmark.

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