Kiwis now eighth at Star world championships

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 07:12 07/05/2012

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New Zealand sailors Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner have made a big leap up the leaderboard following a fifth-placed finish on the second day of the Star world championships off Hyeres, France.

The Kiwis struggled in the lighter winds on the opening day as they carded an 18th but they went much better in race two to move up to eighth overall.

They need to finish in the top four nations which have not already qualified for the Olympics to earn a spot in at the Games - they're on track after the opening two days - then it's just a matter of convincing the Yachting New Zealand selectors that they're worthy of sending.

The Irish crew of Peter O'Leary and David Burrows lead the world championship with a third and a fourth for seven points, two ahead of Brazilians Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who have a seventh and second for nine points.

Meanwhile, Andy Maloney continues to be the best of the Kiwis after six qualifying races at the Laser world championship in Boltenhagen, Germany.

Maloney was fourth and 16th in the two races on the third day as he dropped two places from fourth to sixth, with the next best New Zealander being Sam Meech in 20th following a 20th and a discard 31st.

Andrew Murdoch, New Zealand's Olympic selection and a four-time medallist in the Laser at world championship level, had a 23rd and sixth to remain 21st overall.

Australian gun Tom Slingsby has won four of the six races to be a runaway leader as he chases a fifth world championship title.

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