Please select your home edition
Edition
Yamaha Motor NZ

ISAF World Cup- New Zealand crew takes top spot in new Olympic event

by Sail-World on 8 Dec 2012
Alex Maloney and Molly Meech surfing their FX under kite. - ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne Alexandra Mckinnon

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.

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

470 Men
7th James Turner and Carl Evans

Laser Radial
7th Susannah Pyatt
14th Laura Lowther

Laser

6th Thomas Saunders
14th Andrew McKenzie
15th Michael Cate
21st George Lane
23rd Sam McKenzie
24th Jack Collinson

Kite Men

2nd Torrin Bright
17th Craig Roberts
28th Brad Walker

Finn

5th Rob Coutts

Viper

4th Gemma Jones and Luke Stevenson
7th Miranda Powrie and Mark Stichbury-Cooper

Laser Radial Men

6th Cullen Le Roy
18th Jacob Miller

Harken and Fosters -  Harken WinchesMondo Travel Americas Cup Tour - Catamaran 2855Kiwi Yachting - Lewmar

Related Articles

Bayleys Laser Nationals - Day 3 - Down to the wire on penultimate day
Day 3 of the Bayleys Laser Nationals started as forecast with a light , and much warmer, northerly breeze Day 3 of the Bayleys Laser Nationals started as forecast with a light , and much warmer, northerly breeze but this quickly freshened through the day providing a challenging gusty ands shifty offshore breeze for the later races. The race committee, led by PRO Gerald Martin from Napier, again did a fantastic job in testing conditions to set fair but challenging courses.
Posted today at 11:28 am
Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals - A snowy backdrop to Day 2 at Taupo
In the Open there is a fantastic contest developing between the NZL and Chinese teams. Fresh snow overnight on the mountains at the southern end of Lake Taupo and a moderate SW breeze meant that sailors arriving at the yacht club this morning were greeted by bracing temperatures. In the Open there is a fantastic contest developing between the NZL and Chinese teams. New Zealand sailors are 1,3, 5 and 7 at the end of day 2 with the Chinese team 2, 4, 6 and eighth.
Posted on 20 Jan
Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals - China shines on Day 1
Three Chinese crews are in the top five after Day 1 of the Open Laser division at the 2017 Bayleys Laser Nationals Three Chinese crews are in the top five overall after Day 1 of the Open Laser division at the 2017 Bayleys Laser NZ Nationals being held at Lake Taupo. Fresh winds from the westerly quarter provided ideal but challenging conditions for the first day.
Posted on 19 Jan
Sailing World Cup - 2020 Olympic merry-go-round starts in Miami
Most significant is the entry of six time Olympian, Robert Scheidt as helm on the Brazilian Mens 49er skiff A perusal of the entry lists for the first Sailing World Cup of the 2020 Olympic Quadrennial reveals some interesting entries and omissions. Only one Gold medal winning crew from the 2016 Rio Olympics will be competing - Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) in the Womens 49erFX. Most significant is the entry of six time Olympian, Robert Scheidt as helm on the Brazilian Mens 49er skiff
Posted on 17 Jan
North Technology Group acquires North Sails Australia
Renowned Sydney loft joins North Sails worldwide network of owned lofts On January 3rd 2017, the North Sails Australia licensed operation was purchased by North Technology Group. North Sails Australia is the country's leading sailmaker with a diverse market ranging from dinghy, One Design, 18' Skiffs, cruising, racing, Grand Prix and Maxis, dating back to when Australia defended the America's Cup in Fremantle in 1987.
Posted on 17 Jan
Record fleet for Bayleys NZ Laser Nationals, Lake Taupo Yacht Club
There is just over a week to go until the start of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo There is just over a week to go until the start of the 2017 Laser Nationals at Lake Taupo, which is shaping up to have a near record sized 120+ fleet. There are very strong Masters entries ahead of the upcoming World Masters Games, good Youth entries for the Radial and an interesting mix of NZL squad sailors, other kiwis aspirants and several overseas sailors due to compete in the Standard Open di
Posted on 13 Jan
Halberg Awards - Yachties to go head to head in Team award
Two top New Zealand Olympic crews have been pitted against each other in the Team category in the 2016 Halberg Awards. Two top New Zealand Olympic crews have been pitted against each other in the Team category in the 2016 Halberg Awards. Hamish Willcox is also nominated in the Coach category.
Posted on 11 Jan
470 class - Double Olympic medalist announces retirement
Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting Polly Powrie, half of one of the most successful teams in New Zealand sailing history, has retired from Olympic yachting. Powrie and Jo Aleh, colloquially known as Team Jolly, first teamed up in the women’s 470 in 2009 and established an impressive record in their time together, winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics and backing that up with silver at last year's Rio Games.
Posted on 6 Jan
World Sailing - The World Sailing Show - December 2016
December 2016 edition of the World Sailing Show summarising the month in the world of sailing December 2016 edition of the World Sailing Show summarising the month in the world of sailing covering America's Cup, racing in the Southern Ocean and more. Plus, Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Sir Russell Coutts; our tribute to a spectacular year afloat along with news and views from around the world.
Posted on 28 Dec 2016
Aon Youth Worlds - More reactions from the Medalists in pictures
The backdrop of a great spell of sailing weather made for a mix of close racing for the medals and indeed all placings. The backdrop of a great spell of sailing weather made for a mix of close racing for the medals and indeed all placings. Plus providing a stage for the sailors of the future to shine - with some very dominant performances in some classes, providing a pointer to those who will surely be satnding on the Olympic podium in 2020 and 2024.
Posted on 22 Dec 2016