Yachting: Burling, Tuke win another title

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke celebrate their world title. Photo/ Mick Anderson, www.sailingpix.dk
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke celebrate their world title. Photo/ Mick Anderson, www.sailingpix.dk

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke continue to dominate yachting's 49er class.

The world champions have easily won the European Championships in Helsinki with two firsts and a third in the medal races overnight.

"It is an awesome way to finish off what has been a really solid week for us here in Helsinki," said Tuke.

"We came out with intent this afternoon, wanting to wrap it up as quickly as possible - doing that after race two. After a few quick congrats we got back into it and won the last race to top it off".

Germany's Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel came away with the silver medal and Great Brtiain's Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign the bronze.

Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech faced more of a challenge to hold their overnight lead for the 49erFX title with the classy Brazilians and Danes in striking distance.

The kiwis finished with a 3, 9, 6 in their three quick-fire races returning to take the bronze medal. Sharing the same 60 points total with the Brazilians, Maloney and Meech only just missed the silver medal on count-back.

- With Newstalk ZB

- NZ Herald

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