Kiwi sailors going well at Olympic test regatta

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 16:54 08/08/2014
Blair Tuke and Peter Burling
SHOWING THEIR CLASS: Kiwi world champion 49er sailors Blair Tuke, left, and Peter Burling are in a share of the lead at the Olympics test regatta in Rio.

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New Zealand's world champion sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won today's 49er race at the Olympics test regatta in Rio to snare a share of the overall lead.

In light conditions that reduced the day to just one race, the Kiwi pair snared a crucial win to go top of the table.

It was another good day for the New Zealand team who have 10 crews in the top 10 of their classes.

Fellow world champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie finished second in their only race today to retain the overall lead in the women's 470.

However, their closest rivals, Americans Anne Haeger and Bri Provancha, took the gun to edge within one point of the Kiwis on the leader board.

''The wind completely died, so we drifted around in the swell for about an hour. The wind eventually came in, then built just after we started, so the course was rather short, with the whole fleet rounding the first mark within about 20 seconds,'' Aleh said.

''Needless to say, the downwind was all on, we had a few near misses but managed to sneak around the next bottom mark in about fifth, then made it back to second by the finish. It was a rather tricky race, so happy to have another keeper of a result.''

Aleh and Powrie have another day of racing before the top 10 medal race.

Racing resumes tomorrow with the medal races for the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Finn classes and the penultimate day of the regatta for the 470s, Lasers and Radials.

New Zealand standings

Women's 470: 1st Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie  - 8 points (7, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2)

Men's 470: 6th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox  - 34 points (8, 9, 7, 1, 9, 13)

Women's 49erFX: 2nd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech - 15 points (1, 1, 7, 4, 2, 5, 2)

Men's 49er: 1st Peter Burling and Blair Tuke  - 19 points (9, 2, 2, 14, 3, 2, 1), 8th Marcus 

Hansen and Josh Porebski   - 42 points (11, 3, 11, 12, 4, 1, 16)

Men's Finn: 5th Andrew Murdoch  - 55 points (10, 12, 8, 4, 3, 3, 1, 10, 4, 14), 6th Josh Junior  -  62 points (5, 16, 18, 3, 1, 6, 7, 16, 7, 1)

Nacra 17: 4th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders - 31 points (3, 5, 6, 2, 5, 7, 5, 5)

Men's Laser: 9th Sam Meech  - 40 points (3, 12, 8, 10, 7, 26), 14th Andy Maloney - 57 points (9, 13, 12, 8, 15, 18)

Women's Laser Radial: 14th Sara Winther  - 61 points (12, 14, 14, 8, 13, 14)

Women's RS:X: 9th Natalia Kosinska 

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