A protest decision has seen Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie disqualified from race one in the Womens 470 at Rio 2016. As a result they will carry maximum points (21 points) for that race.

Austria protested the New Zealand crew around a port starboard (right of way) incident which occurred soon after the start of race one and the Jury found in favour of Austria.

Aleh and Powries Coach Nathan Handley says, "Jo, Polly and I are gutted about this decision. The girls truly thought they did not infringe."

"However, they sailed very well today and will take that knowledge with them into day two of competition. There is a lot more racing to come yet," he added.

The Womens 470 are scheduled to race ten qualifying races ahead of a medal race on Wednesday 17 August. After race three each crew can discard their poorest result from their overall points tally.

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from Yachting New Zealand