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  •   Home > News > Sports > Sailing

    NZ crews make strong start to Sail Sydney

    Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have finished the first day of Sail Sydney with a 100 per cent record in the 49erFX, while NZ crews also top two other classes .

    Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have made a perfect start in the 49erFX, as the first day of Sail Sydney ended with New Zealand crews topping the three classes they're competing in.

    Maloney and Meech, who are looking to improve in larger swells as they eye the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, won all three of their races in shifty 12-to-16 knot winds.

    "From this regatta we're looking to get some race practice also some time in waves under our belt, and today was a great combination of both." Meech said.

    Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie, in the 49er event, had the full range of podium places from their three races, winning the last to take a two-point lead.

    McHardie said the pair managed to put their boat on the right side of the puffs.

    "We're a newer, inexperienced crew so we are really trying to get our heads out of the boat a little bit more," he said.

    "It's only the first day, so there's still a long way to go, but we're happy to be on top for now."

    In the competitive Laser class, Sam Meech had two second placings to sit two points clear of two Australians, Luke Elliott and Olympic champion Tom Burton.


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