NZL Sailing Team: Three NZ crews in the top ten in Europeans mid-point

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech competing in the 49erFX event at the 2013 Europeans

New Zealand sailors are in second, third and ninth overall as the 2013 SAP 49er European Championships hit the midway mark and the standings continue to change dramatically day to day as nearly all crews struggled for consistency in light winds on day three at Arhus, Denmark today.

Today’s official report from Denmark says; 'A tricky day with the light wind forcing fleets to hold ashore, until the breeze filled in enough for racing. But only the lightest of breezes filled in, with puffs occasionally getting above six knots.'

Today windsurfers at the 2013 RS:X European Championships (Brest, France) enjoyed a rest day. Natalia Kosinska remains in second overall as the regatta gets set to resume with three days remaining.

Skiff pair Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski have slipped from the lead into second place in the Men’s 49er gold fleet after a 17th and a 10th in racing today. They kiwis were overtaken on the leader-board by Brits Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign who took a race win and a seventh to leapfrog the kiwis and extend an 11 point lead.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech improved their position in the Women’s 49erFX fleet from fifth overall up to third and just one point off second place. This is despite recording their poorest result yet, the New Zealanders drawing on their consistency over the first two days racing and discarding a 17th from today’s second race. They were seventh in their first race.

'It was pretty light and really shifty again today,' commented Meech. 'The first race went okay for us, but we missed a big shift on the right up the first beat, but managed to come back from that on the next few legs and finish that off quite nicely,' she added, referring to their seventh place in race 7. 'They were really tricky conditions, so everyone was quite up and down.'

'The next race the wind dropped off so much,' said Meech. 'It was so light out there and really tricky on the last downwind. We missed out unfortunately on a massive gust. But it is just skiff racing I guess.'

If Maloney and Meech, who are the world #1 team, continue to deliver consistently they will carry the advantage, as the majority of the other top teams are already carrying multiple high point scores.

Even local knowledge failed women Nielsen and Olsen who recorded their worst day with a 14th and an 11th. Despite this they still lead the fleet with Grael and Kunz of Brazil in second and Maloney and Meech ten points adrift in third.

'Coming from New Zealand, we sail by ourselves down there, so it is nice to come over and train against all the other girls and just line up with the rest of the world and see how we are fitting in,' explained Meech. 'We are looking forward to the next couple of days, the fleet getting a bit smaller. We hope to make it to the medal race and have a go at the stadium style races.'

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are back in ninth after a DSQ from day two retrospectively affected their reported standing and day three produced mixed results for the returning campaigners. Today they were 18th and then third in the two races sailed.

Both regattas run over six days with final results set to be decided on Sunday 7th July.

2013 SAP 49er European Championships New Zealand’s standings after Day 3

3rd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (10, 9, 6, 2, 10, 3, 7, 17)


2nd Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (4, 22, 2, 1, 1, 2, 17, 10)
9th Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (18, 9, 1, 9, DSQ, 1, 18, 3)

15th Silver Fleet Ben Goodwin and Sam Bullock (6, 8, 15, 22, 25, 20, 13)



2013 RS:X European Championships
New Zealand’s standings (rest day today)

2nd Natalia Kosinska (Women) (2, 5, 7, 6, 4, 4)
30th Xanthe Bowater (Women Youth)
42nd Alexander Hart (Men Youth)
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