Three golds for New Zealand sailors in Italy
Olympic gold medal sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie were back in the winner's circle today, dominating a top international regatta in Italy.
The women's 470 stars led the way as New Zealand claimed three gold medals at the Vela Garda Trentino - the first of five regattas in the inaugural EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup.
Andy Maloney (Laser) and Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (49er) were the other Kiwis in the winner's circle as the five-day regatta marked more success for New Zealand after recent good performances in World Cup events.
"We sailed a tidy last race to take out the regatta - it was a short and sweet 10 minute race and we aced it. Good fun!" said Aleh as she and Powrie used the regatta to mark the start of their campaign for Rio 2016.
There were only 10 boats in the women's 470 fleet but the New Zealanders moved from second to first on the final day.
The men's Laser was another matter with more than 100 sailors competing.
Only the top six contested the final race with Maloney lifting himself from fifth place to the top of the podium
Hansen and Porebski were consistent in the last three stadium-style races in the 49ers, placing fourth, second and second to claim gold.
The next regatta is in the Nethelrands on May 21-25.
EUROSAF 2013 Champions Sailing Cup:
Vela Garda Trentino New Zealand's final results
Laser (100 plus boats)
1 Andy Maloney (NZL Sailing Team)
21 Sam Meech (NZL Sailing Team)
Nacra 17 (20 boats)
4 Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders
Women's 470 (10 boats)
1 Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL Sailing Team)
Men's 470 (29 boats)
15 James Turner and Carl Evans
49er (24 boats)
1 Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL Sailing Team)
Finn (60 boats)
27 Karl Purdie
37 Raymond Hall
48 David Hoogenboom