11 Jun 2015

Good start for New Zealand sailors

3:24 pm on 11 June 2015

New Zealand crews have made a good start to the Weymouth World Cup sailing regatta in England.

After the first day Andy Maloney leads the Laser, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie lead the women's 470 and Andrew Murdoch leads the Finn fleet, while Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech are second in the women's 49er.

Jo Aleh and Pollie Powrie in action

Jo Aleh and Pollie Powrie in action Photo: Barbara Sanchez / Sofia

Maloney opened the five day regatta in dream style with a win and a second to lead in the men's single handed dinghy.

The 25-year-old from Murrays Bay says it was glamour conditions out in the bay with a shifty 10-17 knots and nice waves to surf downwind and he's looking forward to more of the same tomorrow.

Two wins from two races has Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie in control of the women's 470.

Aleh says it was a solid day for them, some questionable starts but they're looking forward to the rest of the week.

Three years ago at this venue Andrew Murdoch sailed for New Zealand in the Laser class at the London Olympic Games. On Thursday he opened the Finn competition with a third and a second.

Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech scored two thirds in the women's 49er class, while world champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke had an unchsracteristic start to be 12th overall.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Weymouth

New Zealand's current standings

1st Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, Women's 470 (1, 1)

22nd Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox, Men's 470 (BFD, 3)

7th Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, 49er (4, 37, 10)

12th Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, 49er (12, 7, 25)

2nd Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech, 49erFX (3, 3, 11)

1st Andrew Murdoch, Finn (3, 2)

6th Josh Junior, Finn (15, 1)

1st Andy Maloney, Laser (1, 2)

15th Michael Bullot, Laser (9, 12)

20th Thomas Saunders, Laser (8, 22)

21st Sam Meech, Laser (17, 24)

16th Sara Winther, Laser Radial (22, 15)

23rd Susannah Pyatt, Laser Radial (28, 18)

25th Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, Nacra 17 (17, 29, 32)

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