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FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 10:26 07/07/2013

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New Zealand's Olympic class sailors have taken a step closer to the podium with three crews sitting inside the top three heading into the final day of racing at their respective European championship regattas.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still lead at European 49er skiff championships in Aarhus, Denmark, while Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have ended the penultimate day of the 49erFX women's class in third.

In France, Natalia Kosinska is in second but on equal points with the leader at the European RS:X women's windsurfing championship.

Burling and Tuke sailed two strong races with a fourth and a win and stay at the top of the leaderboard, seven points clear of the British crew in second.

Team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, who had the lead earlier in the regatta, are eighth, sneaking into the final tomorrow.

World No 1-ranked 49erFX crew Maloney and Meech will go into the final race in third place, eight points behind the Brazilians in second but 19 adrift of the leading Danes.

Tomorrow's final races for both the men in the 49er and the women in the 49er FX are worth double points and cannot be discarded, so the stakes are high.

Kosinska relinquished the eight-point lead she held at the outset of day five to  France's Charline Picon, who won both races sailed today to draw level with the Kiwi with just one race remaining in Brest, France.

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