Burling, Tuke rise to top at European regatta

Last updated 11:03 06/07/2013

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New Zealand's Olympic silver medallists Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have taken the overall lead at the 2013 SAP 49er European Championships on in Arhus, Denmark.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech retain 3rd in the Women's 49erFX fleet racing at the same venue.

Lying ninth going into day four Burling and Tuke found their groove with four consistent single digit races while many of their rivals in the Olympic skiff class struggled for consistency.

The NZL Sailing Team pair was second, third, first and seventh on the water which earned them the dramatic elevation in the ranks to top the leaderboard with two days of racing to come. 

However previous leaders Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign from Great Britain are just one point back in second place.

"We had a really good day, super shifty conditions so to get four small numbers on the scorecard was pretty satisfying," Tuke said.

"We sailed pretty well in our first three races," Burling said.

"The last one we had a pretty bad first beat and the shifts didn't really go our way and we managed to come back through and finish inside the top ten so we were really happy with the comeback.

"We needed this day to get back up the standings a bit. It's a different day tomorrow there's a lot of points on the last days and this just puts us back in the mix."

The other Kiwi 49er crew of Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski have slipped to seventh overall after a 19, 2, 17, 19 scorecard.

The Women's 49erFX fleet marked the transition from qualifying to finals racing and the Kiwi pair of Alex Maloney and Molly Meech are now racing with the top 16 placed crews.

Maloney and Meech retain third overall with a solid performance including a seventh, a fourth and two 10ths in today's races.

Now on 78 points they have two local Danish crews in their sights above them on the leader-board with Jena Hansen and Katja Salskov-Iversen just two points away on 76.

Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen continue to lead the regatta on 62 points after another good day.

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