6 Aug 2012

Sailing crews deliver strong finishes

4:25 am on 6 August 2012

Two New Zealand crews have put in good performances in their final races at the Olympic sailing but neither has walked away with a medal.

Dan Slater came second in the medal race of the Finn class and Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner did the same in the Star class.

However, the results are added to the crews' points from the rest of the competition, meaning Slater finished his event in seventh place while Pepper and Turner finished in fifth position.

The gold medal in the Finn class was won by British sailor Ben Ainslie.

Sweden's Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen won gold in the Star class.

New Zealander JP Tobin will progress to the medal race in the men's RS:X class in seventh place in the fleet.

Tobin started the day in sixth place, but dropped to seventh after two 17th place finishes in the final races.

The medal race will be sailed on Tuesday.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are second in the fleet of the men's 49er class, with two more races to sail before the medal race.

The New Zealand pair finished second in Race 12 and 15th in Race 13 on Sunday.

In the women's 470 class, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie are in second place overall after six races, with four more to go before the medal race.

Aleh and Powrie are just one point behind the leaders, Great Britain.

They finished 10th in their first race of the day and fourth in their second.