Yachting: Aleh and Powrie on top again

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have continued their dominance of the women's 470 class with gold at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands overnight (NZT). Photo / Getty Images.
Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have continued their dominance of the women's 470 class with gold at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands overnight (NZT). Photo / Getty Images.

Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have continued their dominance of the women's 470 class with gold at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in the Netherlands overnight (NZT).

The Olympic champions won seven of the 11 races throughout the regatta, including victory in the medal race overnight. They had a couple of anxious moments in the final race, particularly off the start line, but moved through the field to take the lead half way up the last beat.

It follows on from their gold at the recent Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup at Garda and the pair will go into July's world championships in confident fashion. Before that, however, they head to France for the 470 European championships.

"We had a big rest after London and only raced at home for Sail Auckland,'' Aleh said. "We are happy with the way we are going but there are lots of new faces and we will know where we are at when we race at the worlds in July.''

Andy Maloney continued his good form in the Laser with bronze and Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox also claimed silver in the men's 470 to round out a good regatta for the Kiwis.

Maloney finished fourth in a dramatic medal race that saw overall leader Tom Burton of Australia relegated to fourth overall. Gold went to local sailor Rutger van Schaardenburg, who was lying fourth but won the medal race and the regatta.

Maloney's bronze is his third medal for 2013 after winning gold at the Sailing World Cup in Hyeres and also at Garda. Teammate Sam Meech finished third in the medal race for fifth overall.

Both Maloney and Meech now head to the UK for next month's next round of the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup at the Sail for Gold Regatta. The pair are also part of the New Zealand team competing at the Youth America's Cup in San Francisco in September.

Snow-Hansen and Willcox took out the men's 470 medal race featuring the top six-placed boats, which saw them climb from fourth to second but it was not quite enough to overtake Olympic champion Matt Belcher from Australia.

Overall New Zealand results from the Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup Delta Lloyd Regatta at Medemblik, the Netherlands, overnight (NZT):

Women's 470: Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie 1st

Men's 470: Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox, James Turner and Carl Evans 15th

Laser: Andy Maloney 3rd, Sam Meech 5th

Women's RS:X: Natalia Kosinska 7th

- APNZ

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