World Cup Hyeres: NZL Sailing Team early leaders in the 49er and RS:X

49erFX - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Day 1
The final regatta of the 2013-14 season of the ISAF Sailing World Cup is underway with great conditions for day one of racing in Hyeres, France today. The NZL Sailing Team has made a solid start leading in both the 49er and the Women’s RS:X, and lying second in the Women’s 470.

Three races were sailed today in the 49er skiff event; New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke opened with a 16th place in race one, but followed that with two consecutive wins to lead the fleet with a point-score of just two.

Reigning Olympic champions from Australia, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen are back on the race track after sitting out most of the major regattas since the 2012 Olympics; they are in fourth after day one with teams from Great Britain and Spain occupying second and third.

Natalia Kosinska has made a strong start in the Women’s RS:X, and leads at the end of day one from Poland’s Maja Dziarnowska. Coach Dave Robertson reports in; 'Race one was an average result [12th] followed by a win in race two and second in race three. Natalia can be pretty confident in her speed and ability for the remaining 13 races.'

'We had a solid 14-17 knots of wind with sizable waves, and Natalia is racing in a full quota fleet of close to 60 girls.'

In the Women’s 470 Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie also recorded a race win today and are lying second overall after two races. USA’s Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha have the early lead in the Women’s double-handed class.

Polly Powrie says; 'We had a solid first day with a couple of 'keepers'. We won the first race by a comfortable margin, almost leading from start to finish. The second race we came back through the fleet after missing a shift up the first beat to come away with a top ten result.'

'We kept it pretty simple. We just got out of the blocks well and then chipped away from there.'

'The conditions were pretty good today, it was a bit more than forecast but it was lovely.'

New Zealand’s 49erFX pair of Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech are in fourth place overall (on equal points with third) with three races on the board from day one. The reigning world champs filed two excellent race results on the opening day kicking off with a second place and wrapping up with a third.

Other kiwis in the top ten of their fleet are Andy Maloney (who took a race win today) and Sam Meech in the Laser class lying eighth and 10th respectively, while Josh Porebski and Marcus Hansen are lying 11th in the 49er class. Both New Zealand’s Finn representatives, Josh Junior and Andrew Murdoch, were hit with a BFD in race one and are suffering in the standings as a result.

Racing resumes in Hyeres tomorrow with another five days remaining. Medals will be decided on April 26th.

The schedule: ISAF Sailing World Cup – Hyères
21 - 22 April: Qualifying Rounds
23 - 25 April: Finals
26 April: Medal Race and Award Ceremony at 5 pm

ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres; New Zealand’s provisional standings after Day 1

Full results click here

Women’s 470 (51 boats)
2ndJo Aleh and Polly Powrie - NZL Sailing Team (1, 8)

Men’s 470 (81 boats)
23rdPaul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox – NZL Sailing Team (4, 21, 16)

49er (79 boats)
1stPeter Burling and Blair Tuke – NZL Sailing Team (16, 1, 1)
11thMarcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – NZL Sailing Team (5, 4, 16)
36th Ben Goodwin and Sam Bullock (14, 16, 30)

49erFX (42 boats)
4thAlexandra Maloney and Molly Meech – NZL Sailing Team (2, 19, 3)

Finn (59 boats)
29thJosh Junior – NZL Sailing Team (BFD, 4)
45thAndrew Murdoch – NZL Sailing Team (BFD, 27)

Laser (123 boats)
8thAndy Maloney – NZL Sailing Team (8, 7, 1)
10thSam Meech – NZL Sailing Team (6, 2, 15)
25thThomas Saunders – NZL Sailing Team (14, 9, 32)
110th Andrew McKenzie (57, 51, 48)

Women’s RS:X (58 windsurfers)
1stNatalia Kosinska – NZL Sailing Team (12, 1, 2)

Men’s RS:X (91 windsurfers)
14th Jon-Paul Tobin (8, 9, 6)

Nacra 17 (77 boats)
15thGemma Jones and Jason Saunders – NZL Sailing Team (14, 8, 5)
59th Rachel Basevi and Tomer Simhony (28, 30, 26)
60th Vicky Francis and Geoff Woolley (32, 28, 33)

Laser Radial (79 boats)
19th Sara Winther (6, 15, 13)
61st Ali Nightingale – NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team (28, 22, 36)

Coaches and support: Nathan Handley, Mark Howard, Ian Neely, Dave Robertson, John Cutler, Hamish Willcox, Steve Erickson, Peter Evans and Will Howden