Alex Maloney and Molly Meech surfing their FX under kite. - ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne
New Zealand's crew of Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech have become the first crew to win an ISAF World Sailing Cup event in the new Womens Olympic Skiff, the 49erFX.
The New Zealand crew, who sailed the 49erFX extensively as a test crew, were competing against a fleet of seven other boats, including Australian Olympic Silver medalist in the Womens Match Racing, Olivia Price who was sailing with a male crew, and inelegible to sail in the Medal Race.
Both Maloney and Meech have represented New Zealand at the ISAF Youth World Championships, with Maloney winning a silver medal in 2010 sailing the 29er. Meech represented New Zealand in the Laser Radial, before switching to the 49erFX. The pair travelled to Santander, Spain in March this year to take part in trials to determine which boat would be selected for the Olympic event.
Maloney and Meech's victory in Melbourne this week has been convincing – they concluded the twelve race series with an eight point margin over nearest rivals Tessa Parkinson and Kate Lathouras of Australia. Maloney and Meech only finished outside the top three in one race and rounded out the regatta in style with win in the Medal race, sailed on Saturday.
In the Kiteboard, being sailed for the first time in an ISAF World Cup event, New Zealand's Torrin Bright finished second in a large fleet. The Windsurfer could only muster three entries in the Mens event, and no Womens event was held due to a lack of competitor interest.
New Zealand's Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in the FX with Melbourne's CBD as a backdrop. - ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne
Sail Melbourne was also the first time that a Mixed Multihull, another new Olympic Event, has been sailed. New Zealand's Gemma Jones and Luke Stevenson competed in the Viper - which finished second in the Trials to the Nacra 17 whch was chosen as the Olympic catamaran. The event was won convincingly by Darren Bundock and Carolijn Brouwer (BEL).
2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup / Melbourne (Sail Melbourne) - New Zealand Results
49er FX Open
1st Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech
7th James Turner and Carl Evans
7th Susannah Pyatt
14th Laura Lowther
6th Thomas Saunders
14th Andrew McKenzie
15th Michael Cate
21st George Lane
23rd Sam McKenzie
24th Jack Collinson
2nd Torrin Bright
17th Craig Roberts
28th Brad Walker
5th Rob Coutts
4th Gemma Jones and Luke Stevenson
7th Miranda Powrie and Mark Stichbury-Cooper
Laser Radial Men
6th Cullen Le Roy
18th Jacob Miller