Golfers often talk about moving day at big tournaments when some roar into contention and others falter and many were left with a similar impression at the sailing world championships in Aarhus today.

Sam Meech had what he described as his worst race of the year to finish 34th in the opening race of the Laser fleet but recovered well in the second (7th) and is now third overall.

Josh Junior posted two solid scores (12, 7) in the Finn as others stumbled in the light and patchy winds and climbed four places to third overall. Fellow New Zealander Andy Maloney is not far behind in sixth after winning the second race of the day.

Meech went into the first day of gold fleet racing with the leader's yellow bib but soon found himself in trouble.

He started the first completed race reasonably well - an earlier attempt was abandoned due to a lack of wind - but was badly affected when he slammed into a wave when tacking on the first upwind and couldn't extricate himself as the breeze died. There were periods when it was almost like dodgems as many of the 65 boats converged on the marks and Meech might have wished he was at Rainbows End instead.

"Today was an absolute nightmare," he said. "I think I sailed probably the worst race of my year so far, unfortunately, in that first race. It was just bad timing to have it, especially after all the work I have put in this year. It was raceable, but only just.

"Once we are in gold fleet like this, if you get a bad race you move back in the standings a lot. I think theres still a lot of racing left to go but it definitely shows how tight the racing is in the Laser fleet.

"I will pray for some more wind tomorrow. I dont know whether they were putting us through those races just for the TV coverage but some better racing tomorrow would be good."

Meech is now six points behind Australia's Matthew Wearn, who is the only Laser sailor to register scores all in the top 10, and two points behind reigning world champion Pavlos Konties of Cyprus. New Zealand's Tom Saunders is 13th.

The Finn is developing into an equally intriguing contest, especially as most of the main protagonists had one bad race today. Even leader Ed Wright of Great Britain couldn't escape the carnage, finishing 43rd in the first race (his discard for his worst score), but he recovered well to finish second in the next.

Junior had one of the best days of anyone and is now eight points off the lead, with Maloney a further nine points back.

"Everyone has a big score so tomorrow it will be all on," Maloney said.

Junior added: "Today was incredibly tough, but Im very happy. It was a challenging day and people are collecting a lot of points. To get two good ones is good but theres another day of racing [before the top 10 medal race] and its all very close.

"Its a really good-quality fleet and its easy to have a bad race. For us, the secret is to treat every day and every race the same. Doing all those things, hopefully we get good results consistently. Thats the aim."

It's what Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox will be looking to achieve as well after climbing to 11th in the men's 470 and the pair have two more races to qualify for the top 10 medal race. Liv Mackay and Micah Wilkinson are 13th in the Nacra 17 and Sam Bullock 16th in the men's foiling kite.

The 49ers return to action tomorrow with New Zealand having three crews inside the top 14, including Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn in second. Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, who are eighth in the 49erFX but only four points off third, will also feature.

Just like golfers, they will look to make their move.

Results and standings after the sixth day of the sailing world championships in Aarhus, Denmark, overnight (NZ time):

Laser (165 boats)

1st: Matthew Wearn (AUS) 7 4 1 4 3 1 3 (9) - 23 points

2nd: Pavlos Kontides (CYP) 8 3 7 2 1 2 (12) 4 - 27 pts

3rd: Sam Meech (NZL) 1 1 1 2 13 4 (34) 7 - 29 pts

13th: Tom Saunders (NZL) 6 11 21 10 21 2 (32) 2 - 73 pts

34th: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) 6 4 31 17 5 12 37 (42) - 112pts

35th: George Gautrey (NZL) 18 14 8 17 21 8 26 (32) - 112 pts

106th: Matthew Kempkers (NZL) 40 12 45 (46) 22 33 28 35 - 215 pts

Laser Radial (119 boats)

1st: Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 4 3 2 (18) 2 2 12 - 25 pts

2nd: Paige Railey (USA) 2 1 (16) 5 7 7 4 - 26 pts

3rd: Sarah Doughlas (CAN) 18 4 (36) 4 6 1 3 - 36 pts

48th: Susannah Pyatt (NZL) 31 18 41 10 12 29 (42) - 141 pts

50th: Olivia Christie (NZL) 28 48 (51) 3 12 8 43 - 142 pts

108th: Annabelle Rennie-Younger (NZL) (58) 57 54 20 42 50 47 52 - 322 pts

Finn (90 boats)

1st: Edward Wright (GBR) 12 13 1 5 2 2 (43) 2 - 37 pts

2nd: Tom Ramshaw (CAN) 9 1 9 2 (17) 2 7 14 - 44 pts

3rd: Josh Junior (NZL) (25) 3 8 4 8 3 12 7 - 45 pts

6th: Andy Maloney (NZL) 6 13 5 5 11 13 (24) 1 - 54 pts

49er (86 boats)

1st: Lucas Rual / Emile Amoros (FRA) 2 1 (6) 3 3 5 - 14 pts

2nd: Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (NZL) 8 2 1 2 (9) 9 - 22 pts

3rd: Tim Fischer / Fabian Graf (GER) 10 (11) 1 5 4 3 - 23 pts

13th: Josh Porebski / Trent Rippey (NZL) 4 3 (25) 3 4 19 - 33 pts

14th: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) 7 (18) 14 5 7 1 - 34 pts

49erFX (60 boats)

1st: Ida Marie Baad Nielsen / Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) 1 (16) 3 3 4 2 - 13 pts

2nd: Annemiek Bekkering / Annette Duetz (NED) 3 (26) 8 4 3 5 - 23 pts

3rd: Tanja Frank / Lorena Abicht (AUT) 7 2 (25) 9 6 4 - 28 pts

8th: Alex Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 5 (13) 6 6 11 4 - 32 pts

Men's 470 (64 boats)

1st: Anton Dahlberg / Fredrik Bergstrom (SWE) 1 3 6 5 5 1 (13) 9 4 - 34 pts

2nd: Kevin Peponnet / Jeremie Mion (FRA) 11 11 3 1 9 2 3 (24) 3 - 43 pts

3rd: Mathew Belcher / William Ryan (AUS) 3 13 8 4 2 4 1 12 (14) - 47 pts

11th: Paul Snow-Hansen / Dan Willcox (NZL) (25) 5 7 3 14 11 23 3 15 - 81 pts

Women's 470 (47 boats)

1st: Ai Kondo Yoshida / Miho Yoshioka (JPN) (12) 1 3 6 2 5 6 - 23 pts

2nd: Camille Lecointre / Aloise Retornaz (FRA) 2 6 4 7 8 (36) 1 - 28 pts

3rd: Hannah Mills / Eilidh McIntyre (BGR) 9 14 1 1 5 3 (18) - 33 pts

35th: Courtney Reynolds-Smith / Brianna Reynolds Smith (NZL) (40) 39 34 26 34 19 24 - 175 pts

Nacra 17 (68 boats)

1st: Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza Saroli (ARG) 3 2 2 2 3 (6) 4 - 16 pts

2nd: Samuel Albrecht / Gabriela Nicolino de Sa (BRA) 9 3 5 1 (14) 1 2 - 21 pts

3rd: Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin (AUS) 5 4 3 (35 BFD) 4 5 5 - 26 pts

13th: Olivia Mackay / Micah Wilkinson (NZL) 4 7 (26) 6 8 21 - 49 pts

51st: Gemma Jones Jason Saunders (NZL) (35 DNF) 35 DNF 11 3 7 15 3 - 74 pts

Men's RS:X (76 boards)

1st: Pawel Tarnowski (POL) 5 2 3 3 (26) 1 - 14 pts

2nd: Dorian van Rijsselberghe (NED) 2 1 (14) 1 5 8 - 17 pts

3rd: Daniele Benedetti (ITA) 1 1 4 8 (14) 6 - 20 pts

62nd: Antonio Cozzolino (NZL) 23 26 31 21 30 (34) - 134 pts

Women's RS:X (62 boards)

1st: Yunxiu Lu (CHN) (17) 1 4 1 1 7 - 14 pts

2nd: Lilian de Geus (NED) 4 3 5 2 (6) 3 - 17 pts

3rd: Charline Picon (FRA) (14) 11 6 1 2 1 - 21 pts

53rd: Veerle ten Have (NZL) 9 24 (29) 29 29 29 - 120 pts

Men's formula kite (61 boards)

1st: Oliver Bridge (GBR) 1 (5) 2 2 1 2 1 1 (5) 1 1 1 - 13 pts

2nd: Maxime Nocher (FRA) (3) 2 2 2 2 (3) 2 2 1 1 1 3 - 18 pts

3rd: Theo de Ramecourt (FRA) 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 (23 DNC) 23 DNC 2 2 6 - 21 pts

16th: Sam Bullock (NZL) 6 5 5 7 6 6 (23 DNC) 6 10 9 5 5 - 60 pts

Full results here.

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