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    Kiwi crew flying in Nacra 17 test regatta

    Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders have added a second placing to their tally at the Nacra 17 test regatta in Denmark, and are poised to sail off for gold.


    Kiwi sailors Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders haven't skipped a beat in picking up where they left off at last year's Olympics.

    In their first regatta together since finishing fourth in Rio, the Nacra 17 pair will sail for the gold medal at the world championship test event in Aarhus, Denmark.

    Jones and Saunders sit second in the fleet, with three medal races in the new foiling catamarans scheduled for early on Sunday (NZT).

    They managed only one race overnight due to light winds, banking a second place to leave them only three points behind leaders Lin Cenholt and Christian Lubeck of Denmark.

    "We didn't have the best of starts but sailed really well, picked the shifts well and had really good speed, so we were really happy to end up in second," Saunders said.

    "Going into the medal races, it's pretty close on points and we definitely have a shot at winning the regatta so we are going to push hard in the three medal races tomorrow and see what we can come away with."

    The light winds meant no sailing was possible in many of the other fleets, including the Laser where New Zealand's Tom Saunders is third and Sam Meech seventh.

    The Lasers are due to have three races on Saturday (NZT) with their double-points medal race on Sunday.


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