Ki­wis sail away with big haul of medals

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Kiwi sailors have re­turned from the French leg of the world champs with a fourmedal haul.

The re­sult makes New Zealand one of the top per­form­ing na­tions at the re­gatta along­side Aus­tralia and Poland.

Medal races and the prize­giv­ing were held on April 26.

Peter Burl­ing and Blair Tuke won gold in the 49er Men’s class while golden girls Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron brought home gold in the Women’s 470 class.

Sil­ver medals were won by Ko­hi­marama racers Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in the 49er FX Class and Andy Maloney in the Men’s Laser class. Powrie says the win means big things for the duo.

The pair have won backto-back gold medals in the last two legs of the ISAF Sail­ing World Cup.

‘‘I’m very re­lieved. It’s re­ally nice to win again.

‘‘We put to­gether a rel­a­tively good se­ries which was nice.’’

Burl­ing and Tuke had a pretty big lead go­ing into the fi­nal but it was still pos­si­ble they could have lost their edge, Burl­ing says.

‘‘It was re­ally great to get out in the lead in the first race and just be able to sail away.’’

A num­ber of the New Zealand Sail­ing Team will re­turn home for a short break be­fore in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions leading up to the next ISAF Sail­ing World Cup event – the Olympic Games Test in Au­gust.

More than 2000 of the world’s best sailors com­pete in the world cup se­ries rep­re­sent­ing 75 na­tions.

Na­tional champs: The Mount Al­bert Gram­mar School pre­mier soft­ball team re­tained their New Zealand ti­tle in Christchurch dur­ing tour­na­ment week last month. They beat St Patrick’s Col­lege of Welling­ton 8-0 in the fi­nal.

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