New Zealand sailors back in hunt at World Cup

Last updated 10:50 02/04/2014

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World champion combinations Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke led New Zealand's fightback at the Sailing World Cup in Spain today.

After a sluggish start on a difficult opening, the Kiwi team started to find their rhythm in the light conditions on the second day as five crews moved into the top 10 for their fleets.

Aleh and Powrie, Olympic champions in the 470s, lifted to third overall after finishing fourth and fifth today.

Burling and Tuke recorded three successive second placings in the 49ers and are back in the hunt, lying fourth and just three points behind the leaders in the qualification rounds which have 79 boats competing.

New Zealand's Laser sailors were also impressive in Palma today.

A third and a second lifted Tauranga's Thomas Saunders to sixth overall. His club mate Sam Meech is two spots back after winning one race and claiming 10th in the other. Meanwhile Andy Maloney had a win and a second to rise 34 places to 17th after his disappointing opening day.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, New Zealand standings after day two

Women's RS:X (56 boards): 12th Natalia Kosinska - NZL Sailing Team (11, 1, 21, 27)

Women's 470 (47 boats): 3rd  Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie - NZL Sailing Team (9, 17, 4, 5)

Men's 470 (78 boats): 12th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox - NZL Sailing Team (9, 9, 11, 12, 2)

49er (79 boats): 4th Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - NZL Sailing Team (16, 1, 29, 2, 2, 2); 43rd Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski - NZL Sailing Team  (13, 23, 1, 28, 27, UFD); 58th  Ben Goodwin and Sam Bullock  (15, 25, 28, UFD, 28, 21)

49erFX (49 boats): 20th Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech - NZL Sailing Team, 49erFX (15, 5, 8, 23, 8)

Finn (56 boats): 7th Josh Junior - NZL Sailing Team, Finn (26, 6, 8, 4, 5); 13th Andrew Murdoch - NZL Sailing Team, Finn (7, 14, 28, 22, 6)

Laser (144 boats): 6th Thomas Saunders - NZL Sailing Team (7, 11, 6, 3, 2), 8th Sam Meech - NZL Sailing Team (14, 2, 7, 10, 1); 17th Andy Maloney - NZL Sailing Team (15, 13, 14, 1, 2) 68th Andrew McKenzie (32, 23, 12, 25, 18)

Nacra 17 (73 boats): 27th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders - NZL Sailing Team (27, 26, 8, 1, 13)

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