12 Jun 2015

Another good day for NZ sailors

12:00 pm on 12 June 2015

It's been another impressive day for New Zealand sailors at the Weymouth World Cup regatta in England.

Three New Zealand crews lead their events after two days, with a total of eight crews in the top five.

Jo Aleh and Pollie Powrie in action

Jo Aleh and Pollie Powrie in action Photo: Barbara Sanchez / Sofia

Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech were the stand-out performers on the team today and they take the overall lead in the women's 49er, while Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie retain their lead in the women's 470 as does Andy Maloney in the Laser.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are third and back in the game after a good day, while Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski also appear towards the top of the board in the 49er lying second.

Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox climb to third in the men's 470, while New Zealand is lying third and fourth in the Finn.

Maloney and Meech scored two firsts and a second to jump into the overall lead in the women's 49er.

Meech says everything kind of felt easy and they were going quite fast and that always helps.

She says they've got a few things to work on for the rest of this regatta, their starts have been a focus for them and things are starting to come together.

Aleh and Powrie maintain their day one lead, although British rivals Saskia Clarke and Hannah Mills have inched a little closer and now sit just one point behind the kiwi Olympic champions.

Aleh says they're a little frustrated as they made a few basic mistakes that cost them a few places.

In the men's 470 Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox take a massive jump up the leader board into 3rd overall, due to the combination of a great day on the race track and their discard coming into play. Sailing two races they were fourth and seventh and now have 14 points, four adrift of the Australians in second.

Andy Maloney continues to lead the Laser class after scoring a sixth and 18th to hold a four-point lead over Sweden's Jesper Stalheim and Britain's Philipp Buhl, who are tied on points in second and third.

First day leader Andrew Murdoch has slipped to fourth in the Finn, while Josh Junior is up to third.

It's New Zealand second and third in the men's 49er skiff standings with the two crews the only ones in the class to return three single digit scores on day two.

Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski take a jump from seventh up to second with a third, an eighth and a race win to hold 26 points, three behind Sweden's Victor Bergstrom and Victor Vasternas.

Olympic silver medallists Burling and Tuke came home top five in three races and climb up to third overall and into more familiar territory on the leaderboard.