New Zealand's Saunders brothers are holding down third place in their respective sailing classes after the second day of a world championships test event regatta in Aarhus, Denmark.

Jason Saunders and Gemma Jones couldn't match their outstanding first-day results, dropping one place to a share of third alongside two other Nacra 17 crews.

After placing ninth, eighth and fourth on Wednesday, they are seven points behind Italian leaders Ruggero Tita and Caterina Marianna Banti.

Saunders and Jones are contesting their first regatta together in the mixed foiling class since finishing an unlucky fourth at the Rio Olympics a year ago.

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Younger brother Tom Saunders remained third in the Laser class after finishing fourth and 20th. The latter result was dropped from his net score.

Rio Laser bronze medallist Sam Meech is back in the hunt for the medal race, surging 28 places to 15th after two top-15 finishes.

Elsewhere, Kiwi Susannah Pyatt up two places to 15th in the Laser Radial class while Antonio Cozzolino slipped to 31st in the the RS:X men's fleet.