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The NZL Sailing Team produced results to remember overnight, lead by Andy Maloneys bronze medal finish at the 2012 Laser World Championships in Germany. Star sailors Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner won their race and secured the countrys qualification spot for the Olympic Games, and the 49er men climbed up the leader board to second overall. This podium finish is a personal best for Andy, and comes just two weeks after a silver medalling performance at the ISAF World Cup regatta Semaine Olympique Francaise, and five months after his previous personal best of a 13th place at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Sam Meech, who like Andy Maloney is just 21 years old, finished well in 17th and this is his best result so far at the Open World Championships. Sam won the 2011 Laser Junior Worlds and is certainly one to watch in the future. Andrew Murdoch, New Zealands Olympic representative in the Laser class, also finished on a high note by winning the last race. He finished the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships with a bronze medal and this 2012 edition in 25th but continues to prove that he has what it takes to stay at the front of the fleet. Australias Tom Slingsby won this World Championship regatta for the fifth time. May 11th Final Results Laser World Championahips 3rd - Andy Maloney 17th - Sam Meech 25th - Andrew Murdoch 86th - Thomas Saunders 101st - Michael Cate Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner also won their race today, and with this they have locked in the countrys qualification in this class at the 2012 Olympic Games. Just one race remains tomorrow at the 2012 Star World Championships in Hyeres, France, and Hamish and Jim will go into it sixth overall, but just five points off the podium. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had another strong day at the 49er World Championships in Hyeres, they have progressed up the leader board to now sit second overall behind reigning World Champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. Peter and Blair finished silver at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship and are aiming to podium again this year. Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, Peter and Blairs training partners who are both just 19 years, old are also in fine form, currently 12th. One more full day of racing continues tomorrow before the medal race on Saturday night (NZT). May 11th Current Standings Star World Championships 6th - Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner 49er World Championships 2nd - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke 12th - Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski Most other remaining Olympic representatives will be starting their World Championship run later in the week, with the Finns starting at Falmouth and 470s in Barcelona on May 13th, and the Laser Radial last to start on May 15th. The RS:X World Championships were sailed in March, and JP Tobin came away with a Bronze medal, setting the bar high for the team to follow. Daily updates for all events including results will be posted via the NZL Sailing Teams Facebook Page and Twitter accounts. Further press releases will be issued from Yachting New Zealand. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE 2012 Laser World Championships Venue: Boltenhagen, Germany Racing Starts: May 4th Final Races: May 10th Representing New Zealand: Andrew Murdoch, Sam Meech, Andy Maloney, Michael Cate, Thomas Saunders Regatta Website: www.laserworldchampionship.com 2012 Star World Championships Venue: Hyeres, France Racing Starts: May 5th Final Races: May 11th Representing New Zealand: Hamish Pepper/ Jim Turner Regatta Website: www.starworlds2012.com 2012 49er World Championships Venue: Zadar, Croatia Racing Starts: May 7th Final Races: May 12th Representing New Zealand: Peter Burling/Blair Tuke, Marcus Hansen/Josh Porebski Regatta Website: www.49erworlds.org 2012 Finn World Championships Venue: Falmouth, England Racing Starts: May 13th Final Races: May 18th Representing New Zealand: Dan Slater, Matt Coutts, Rob Coutts Regatta Website: www.falmouthfinnfestival.com 2012 470 World Championships Venue: Barcelona, Spain Racing Starts: May 13th Final Races: May 19th Representing New Zealand: Jo Aleh/ Olivia (Polly) Powrie, Paul Snow Hansen/Jason Saunders Regatta Website: http://worlds.470.org 2012 Radial World Championships Venue: Boltenhagen, Germany Racing Starts: May 15th Final Races: May 20th Representing New Zealand: Sara Winther Regatta Website: www.laserworldchampionship.com/
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