Yachting: NZ sailing team finish fifth

Dan Slater. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Dan Slater. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Both of the New Zealand sailing team's medal race starters finished fifth overall at the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia regatta overnight.

The final day of racing for the top 10 boats in each fleet was greeted with near perfect conditions of sun wind and waves in the Bay of Palma, Spain.

Strangely, five of the 10 starters in the finn medal race were determined to be over the start line too early, but New Zealand's Dan Slater was one of the lucky few and he improved his overall standing to finish fifth.

The star medal race ran much more to the expected form, but Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner didn't have the race they would have hoped for. The new pairing has been pumping out impressive results for the whole regatta, but finished at the back of the medal race and their overall result slipped from second to fifth as a result.

The regatta was the third of seven ISAF world cup events for the season, and is the first European regatta of the year as New Zealand's sailors prepare for the London Olympics for which they have qualified all classes except the star.

New Zealand's final standings at the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia regatta in the Bay of Palma, Spain:

Star: Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner - 5th from 27 entries.

Finn: Dan Slater - 5th from 57 entries.

Men's 470: Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders - 11th from 93 entries.

Match racing: Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt - 11th.

Laser radial: Sara Winther - 13th from 89 entries.

Women's 470: Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie - 14th from 52 entries.

Finn: Matt Coutts - 31st from 57 entries.

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