NZL Sailing Team: Three crews lying top two in Rio Olympic Test Event

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh - 2012 Gold Medalists and 2013 World Champions Womens 470 class
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have taken the lead in the Women’s 470 at the Olympic Sailing Test Event (Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014) on now in Rio, Brazil.

New Zealand also holds second place in both the men’s and women’s skiff events with World Champion crews Peter Burling and Blair Tuke moving up in the 49er ranks and Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech delivering more keeper results today.

Aleh and Powrie recorded a faultless performance, racing on the Niteroi course outside Guanabara Bay, the experienced pair took two guns from two races sailed in the women’s double-handed 470 pushing them to the top of the leader board after lying third going into today. With five races on the board they are three points clear of the USA crew lying second with GBR in third place.

The kiwis were prominent on the 49er course today where two races were sailed by the 19 boat fleet featuring the world’s top crews. Burling and Tuke claimed a third and a second which sees them shuffle up the board into second overall two points behind the French, while their NZL Sailing team-mates Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski added a fourth and a bullet climbing to seventh overall.

Womens 470 in big seas - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Overnight leaders Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Australia only managed two mid fleet finishes and slip to third place.

Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (pictured above) retain second place in the 49erFX with two seconds and a fifth on the water today. They are five points behind local favourites and overall leaders Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze sailing in front of a home crowd.

Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders were solid and consistent once again in the Nacra mixed multihull racing recording a seventh and two fifths today. The young pair are lying fourth overall.

NZL Nacra 17 - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Over in the Finn class Andrew Murdoch recorded his first race win of the regatta and has moved into fifth overall. He placed third and 10th in the other two races sailed today.

Meanwhile Josh Junior went 6-7-16 in today’s three races and holds ninth overall in the Finn event.

Men’s 470 pair Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox also took a race win in Rio today and have improved their overall standing by four places up to sixth overall.

In the Laser event, featuring two kiwis, the men sailed two races today. Sam Meech was 10th and seventh and retains eighth place, while Andy Maloney retains 13th after an eighth and a 15th in racing today.

Sara Winther is in 13th in the Laser Radial class with an eighth and a 13th today.

With only the top ten placed sailors advancing to the medal race the regatta has come to a close for New Zealand’s Natalia Kosinska lying 11th in the Women's RS:X windsurfing and just outside the cut for tomorrow’s finale.

Racing resumes tomorrow for everyone else on what will be the penultimate day of the regatta for the 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 and Finn classes. The 470s, Lasers and Radials have three days left on the programme.

NZL 49er - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014, 2-9 August 2014 New Zealand’s current standings

Full results right click here

1st Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (Women’s 470) - 6 points (7, 2, 2, 1, 1)
6th Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox (Men’s 470) - 55 points (8, 9, 7, 1, 9)

2nd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech (49erFX) - 15 points (1, 1, 7, 4, 2, 5, 2)

2nd Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (49er) - 18 points (9, 2, 2, 14, 3, 2)
7th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (49er) - 30 points (11, 3, 11, 12, 4, 1)

5th Andrew Murdoch (Finn) - 39 points (10, 12, 8, 4, 3, 3, 1, 10)
9th Josh Junior (Finn) - 54 points (5, 16, 18, 3, 1, 6, 7, 16)

4th Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (Nacra 17) – 29 points (3, 5, 6, 5, 7, 5, 5)

8th Sam Meech (Laser) – 28 points (3, 12, 8, 10, 7)
13th Andy Maloney (Laser) – 42 points (9, 13, 12, 8, 15)
13th Sara Winther (Laser Radial) – 47 points (12, 14, 14, 8, 13)

11th Natalia Kosinska (Women’s RS:X) - 62 points (13, 2, 15, 2, 12, 7, 11, 15)

Support and coaching: Jez Fanstone, Mark Howard, Nathan Handley, Simon Briscoe and Hamish Willcox, Craig Panther, David Slyfield, Louise Johnson, Christel Dunshea- Mooij

49erFX - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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About the NZL Sailing Team

The NZL Sailing Team includes New Zealand’s top Olympic campaigners who have made the top 20% in their most recent (respective) class World Championships or pinnacle event and have shown consistency of performance over the year including other significant Championships.

Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance Programme is focussed on winning medals at the Olympics in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

NZL Sailing Team sailors all started out at grass roots yacht clubs around the country and with commitment, dedication and drive have risen to be world class athletes; they work hard in the gym, train long hours on the water and are supported by great coaches.

Robert Scheidt (BRA) Laser - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Nacra 17 - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Nacra 17 - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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49er - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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Nacra 17 start - Day 5 - Aqueece Rio – International Sailing Regatta 2014
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