Kiwi crews claimed bragging rights after the first day of Sail Sydney, with New Zealanders sitting on top of the leaderboard in all three classes they are competing in.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (Tauranga) started off in perfect fashion, winning all three races in the 49erFX, and Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie are also in the lead of the 49er after posting three good scores.

Sam Meech (Tauranga) leads the highly-competitive Laser fleet after two second placings, sitting two points ahead of Luke Elliott and Olympic champion Tom Burton, both of Australia.

Sail Sydney is the second leg of the Tasman Series and New Zealand is well represented in the Laser, 49er and 49erFX. Beautiful weather and a nice breeze of 10 to 15 knots greeted the sailors, but it was also very shifty with big gains and losses.


Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey (Tauranga) are eight points behind in fourth and Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn, who won the first race of the day, are one point further back in fifth.

Porebski and Rippey opened with an eighth but recovered well to be fourth and second in the remaining two races.

"We were a bit up and down today but our last two weren't too bad," Rippey said.

"The first day is really about being in contention so we did our job but we still have plenty of room for improvement."

All three 49er crews, as well as Maloney and Meech, had a disrupted build-up to the regatta, not getting their hands on their boats until Friday because of their late arrival from the Enoshima Olympic Week in Japan.

It didn't seem to effect Maloney and Meech, who dominated the small 49erFX fleet with three bullets. The pair are looking to improve in larger swells as they eye up the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"We had a really good day," Meech said. "It was awesome conditions with a 12-16 knots sea breeze and a bit of a confused swell coming into the entrance on our course.

"From this regatta, we are looking to get some race practice, also some time in waves under our belt, and today was a great combination of both."

The excellent sailing conditions should continue, with 10-20 knots forecast for the rest of the week.

"It should be pretty pristine racing," Rippey said.

Results and standings after the first day of Sail Sydney:
49er (19 boats)
1st: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) 3 2 1 — 6 points
2nd: Will Phillips / Sam Phillips (AUS) 2 1 5 — 8 pts
3rd Joel Turner / David Gilmour (AUS) 6 3 4 — 13 pts
4th Josh Porebski / Trent Rippey (NZL) 8 4 2 — 14 pts
5th Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (NZL) 1 8 6 — 15 pts
49erFX (6 boats)
1st Alex Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 1 1 1 — 3 pts
2nd: Tess Lloyd / Harry Mighell (AUS) 2 2 5 — 9 pts
3rd: Amelia Stabback / Ella Clark (AUS) 5 3 2 — 10 pts
4th Erica Dawson / Kate Stewart (NZL) 4 5 3 — 12 pts
Laser (24 boats)
1st: Sam Meech (NZL) 2 2 — 4 pts
2nd: Luke Elliott (AUS) 5 1 — 6 pts
3rd: Tom Burton (AUS) 3 3 — 6 pts
5th: Tom Saunders (NZL) 4 4 — 8 pts
6th: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) 10 5 — 15 pts