Good day for Peter Burling in Auckland regatta

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 17:46 12/02/2014

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Rising New Zealand star Peter Burling emerged from a day of carnage to top the table at the A-Class world catamaran championships in Auckland today.

A strong breeze in the 15-18 knots range helped the speed of the Team New Zealand boats on the second day but eventually caught up with some of their top sailors too.

Glenn Ashby, Burling, Peter Tuke and Ray Davies filled the first four places in the third race of the nine-race series and were in that order on the points table.

But Ashby had a broken rudder in the fourth race and Davies broke a daggerboard to set them back.

Ashby had to withdraw while Davies' problem struck on the last leg and he was able to limp home in 15th.

Meanwhile, youngsters Burling and Tuke held their nerve to finish fifth and fourth respectively.

The outcome with five races to go sees Burling on top overall with a two-point lead over Australian veteran Andrew Landenberger and Scott Anderson (Australia) a further five points back.

Tuke sits fourth and Davies fifth with Aussie America's Cup helmsman Nathan Outteridge fifth after he overcame a cleat breakage and capsize to somehow stay in touch.

Ashby's problems saw him slip from first to 18th overall but the seven-time world champion remains the man to beat as sailors can discard their worst result.

"A second and a fifth, I'll take that," a happy Burling said as he continues to transfer his 49er prowess to the multihull arena.

Davies, the Team New Zealand tactician, was happy to stay on the pace given the breakages that were going on.

"I was really happy with the day in the end," Davies said. "I was actually in the lead at the top mark for the second time. I was pretty stoked with that and then I broke my daggerboard on the last run and just limped home.

"In the first race I was about 70th at the top mark and worked my way back up to fourth.

"Overall it was a pretty good day for Team New Zealand."

The championships continue until Sunday.

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