Jo Aleh, Polly Powrie lead in Auckland regatta

Last updated 21:43 03/02/2014

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New Zealand's golden girls of yachting, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are showing up the men at Sail Auckland international regatta.

They surfaced at the top of the 470 leaderboard, mastering today's conditions better than any of their rivals in the 470 fleet on the Waitemata Harbour.

With two wins and a second the Olympic and world champions have overtaken Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox for the overall lead heading into the final day.

For Snow-Hansen and Willcox, NZL Sailing Team men's 470 pair, things just didn't go their way and they're looking forward to improve on the final day.


"It wasn't a day that we wanted, but I think we came out of it with good learnings so we're positive looking forward. It was just a few mistakes here and there and you really paid the price for it today," Daniel Willcox from Murrays Bay Sailing Club said.

"Tomorrow looks like a similar forecast so I think we just need to go into it with a pretty relaxed attitude and just really keep our heads out of the boat I think."

The class of the fleet has clearly put pressure on the sailors.

"In every race there was one critical decision at some point and it was very expensive if you got it wrong," Snow-Hansen said.

Korea's Cheul Yoon and Se In Yoon are in third.

It was a good day for the Kiwis with Peter Burling and Blair Tuke maintaining control of the 49er fleet and fellow world champions Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech heading the 49erFX fleet .

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