New Zealand sailors claim gold and bronze at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

Sam Meech came from behind to snatch bronze in the Laser class in Miami.
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Sam Meech came from behind to snatch bronze in the Laser class in Miami.

The NZL Sailing Team have claimed two medals at the World Cup regatta in Miami, which wrapped up on Sunday (NZ time) in Florida.

Having out-sailed their rivals over five days of fleet racing, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech went into the medal race of the 49erFX women's skiff class with gold already in the bag.

And they were joined by Molly's brother Sam Meech, who came from behind to snatch bronze in the tough fought Laser class, as the only Kiwis to finish on the podium.

Many of sailing's top Olympic campaigners from around the globe were competing this week in Miami, the second event in the 2015-16 ISAF Sailing World Cup series. 

READ MORE: World Cup gold for NZ sailors

Maloney and Meech were the only crew across the 10 Olympic fleets assured of gold on the final day and they sailed a safe and solid race to place fourth, finishing 25 points clear of Danish duo Jena Mai Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen.

The 49erFX fleet, including the Kiwis, now prepare for the 2016 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida from 9-14 February at the same time and venue as the 49er and Nacra 17 World Championships.

Sam Meech won bronze in the Laser fleet, which featured close to 100 sailors from around the world, after an excellent light wind medal race.

A podium result looked unlikely for Meech, who was lying 12 points behind Rutger van Schaardenburg of the Netherlands going into the final day. 

However, Meech crossed in third, six places ahead of the Dutchman drawing them equal on 69 points, with the Auckland sailor awarded bronze on a countback.

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Meech was one of four New Zealanders competing in the Laser medal race - the only nation to have more than one sailor represented in the top 10.

Thomas Saunders finished the race in 10th to close the regatta in seventh overall. Andy Maloney was sixth on Sunday and ninth overall, while Michael Bullot was eighth and 10th overall.

2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami

New Zealand's final results

49erFX Skiff

1st Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL Sailing Team)

19th Ellie Copeland and Erica Dawson (Aon Fast Track Squad)

Laser

3rd Sam Meech (NZL Sailing Team)

7th Thomas Saunders

9th Andy Maloney (NZL Sailing Team)

10th Mike Bullot

49er Skiff

25th Logan Dunning Beck and Jack Simpson (Aon Fast Track Squad)

27th Markus Somerville and Josh Porebski

36th Isaac McHardie and Trent Rippey (Aon Fast Track Squad)

Laser Radial

27th Sara Winther

Nacra 17

14th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL Sailing Team)

26th Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson (Aon Fast Track Squad)

 - Stuff

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