Two NZ Olympic Sailing Crews ranked second

Saturday 4 August 2012

In front of their family and friends on the Nothe spectator course, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have reclaimed their grasp on the Olympic 49er second place standing, while 470 women Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie had similar performances to also be ranked second after their first day of racing. After three races today for the fleet, 49er skiff sailors Peter and Blair have considerably closed the gap on the leading Australian boat, and given themselves a fifteen point buffer on the third placed Finnish team, scoring a seventh, second and then winning the final race of the day. It was really fun... good to finish the three races on a high going into the lay day, and with some good low scores said Blair after sailing. Just four races remain for the mens 49er before the top ten competitors progress to the double point medal round. Blair continued Weve put ourselves in a good position but theres still a lot more to do. Womens 470 sailors Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie made a top start to their regatta, breaking away from the pack in the first race with one other boat, and finishing the race second. They followed it up with a solid seventh, and are scored second equal with the womens team from Israel. Also in the 470, Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders had two top five finishes, although a disqualification from yesterdays first race due to a port/starboard incident with another competitor has lowered them to eighth overall. After completing one more race tomorrow, they will be eligible to discard that result as their worst score. Both the NZ Finn (Dan Slater) and Star (Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner) have finished the opening series inside the top ten and after a rest day tomorrow, they will be progressing to Sundays medal race ranked ninth and eighth respectively. Sara Winther today had her best ones to date, finishing ninth and eleventh in this extremely competitive fleet of 41 sailors. Tomorrow, Saturday August 4th, the RS:X Boardsailing and Womens Match Racing will resume, while it will be a rest day for the Finn, Star and 49er. There will be two races each for the 470s, Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X, while the Womens Match Racing crew will have just one. Standings- Day 6 August 3rd, 2012 2nd Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (49er) after 11 of 16 races (9, 7, 1, 7, 3, 5, 9, 11) 2nd Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (470 W) after 2 of 11 races (2, 7) 6th JP Tobin (RS:X) after 6 of 11 races (15, 4, 3, 7, 8, 8) 8th Paul Snow Hansen/ Jason Saunders (470 M) after four of 11 races (28DSQ, 3, 5, 4) 8th Hamish Pepper/ Jim Turner (Star) after 10 of 11 races (15, 7, 1, 13, 6, 5, 9, 8, 8, 9) 8th Womens Match Racing- Round Robin: Four win, Six loss 9th Andrew Murdoch (Laser) after 8 of 11 races (12, 8, 17, 18, 1, 7, 13, 15) 9th Dan Slater (Finn) after 10 of 11 races (7, 12, 1, 6, 17, 11, 6, 15) 21st Sara Winther (Laser Radial) after 8 of 11 races (31, 23, 21, 15, 35, 31, 9, 11)
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