Kiwis sail away with big haul of medals
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.