15 Apr 2016

Burling and Tuke tacking towards gold

9:08 am on 15 April 2016

The New Zealand 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke claimed two more race wins to extend their lead to 34 points with two days remaining at the European Championships in Spain.

New Zealand 49er sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling.

New Zealand 49er sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Compatriots Alex Maloney and Molly Meech had a mixed day in the women's 49erFX and have slipped down to 9th overall.

Today the regatta shifted up a gear, advancing to gold fleet finals racing for the top 25 placed men's Olympic 49er crews, who sailed three races on day four of the Championship.

Burling and Tuke opened with a race win, then placed 6th, and finished the day with another win.

They've won eight of twelve races sailed in Barcelona this week, and finished top three in all but two.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are lying 2nd overall, 34 points behind the New Zealand Sailing Team pair.

After a solid day on the water the Australian's have advanced from Great Britain's John Pink and Stuart Bithell who are in 3rd place and 19 points adrift.

Maloney and Meech placed 20th and 22nd in today's first two races, bouncing back in the 3rd race with a 6th place finish.

They're now lying 9th overall on 81 points.

The regatta has two days of competition remaining, with the podium places set to be determined on Saturday in Spain.