Sailing: World champs remain in medal contention

Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh.
Olivia Powrie and Jo Aleh.

New Zealand's world champions led the Kiwi revival at the Sailing World Cup in Spain as Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke worked their way into medal contention.

The New Zealand crews had a poor first day in Palma at the year's first World Cup event, with women's RS:X boardsailor Natalia Kosinska best placed in eighth. But a series of good performances saw five Kiwi crews climb inside the top 10 after the second day.

Aleh and Powrie were the highest of the bunch in third in the women's 470 after a fourth and fifth in racing overnight. The Olympic and world champions started the day in 16th but will be able to discard their 17th on the opening day and are only two points adrift of Brazil in second.

Burling and Tuke, world champions in the 49er class, collected three second-place finishes overnight to jump from 17th to fourth in the fleet of 79 boats and they are only three points adrift of the leaders. Fellow Kiwis Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski are a disappointing 43rd and Ben Goodwin and Sam Bullock 58th.

The Laser crews also had some good results with Thomas Saunders in sixth overall and Sam Meech eighth. Andy Maloney made up 34 places with a win and a second to sit in 17th overall.

Highly rated 49er:FX combination Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech continued to struggle and dropped from 15th to 20th overall after a 23rd and eighth in their two races.

Racing continues overnight with the medals to be handed out on Sunday morning (NZT).

- APNZ

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