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The Northland Age - - Sport -

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke started a new cam­paign in style by tak­ing out the Ocean­bridge NZL Sail­ing Re­gatta to­day. The pair pulled it off against what was de­scribed as the strong­est New Zea­land 49er fleet ever along with a hand­ful of in­ter­na­tional crews by win­ning six of the 11 races off the Royal Akarana Yacht Club to fin­ish 14 points ahead of Isaac McHardie and Wil­liam McKen­zie. The duo are ex­pected to notch a few more over the next 18 months be­fore soon head­ing to Eu­rope to mea­sure them­selves against the rest of the 49er fleet, start­ing with April’s Princess Sofia re­gatta in Palma; and with the Tokyo Olympics loom­ing. Burling put the win down to mem­ory mus­cle kick­ing in: “It’s been a lit­tle like rid­ing a bike; a lot of things come back re­ally quickly... you need to put in a lot of time and that’s we’ve been do­ing over the last four or five months. Else­where, Gemma Jones and Ja­son Saun­ders took out the Nacra 17 ti­tle, Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Will­cox dom­i­nated the 470, with Sam Bul­lock dom­i­nat­ing the kite­board­ing while Dave Ri­d­ley edged the Laser and Annabelle Rennie-Younger won the women's Laser Ra­dial.

An­other former Kerik­eri high School stu­dent also en­joyed suc­cess over the week­end, Alex Maloney with Molly Meech claimed sil­ver for tak­ing sec­ond in the women's 49erFX di­vi­sion of the World Cup Se­ries re­gatta in Mi­ami on Sun­day. How­ever, Maloney said she and Meech felt they "gave it away" in their medal race af­ter be­ing over­taken on the fi­nal day by Olympic cham­pi­ons Mar­tine Sof­fi­atti Grael and Ka­hena Kunze from Brazil. The New Zealan­ders went into the medal race with a handy 12-point lead only to get caught out on the wrong side of a big wind shift in the light con­di­tions and fin­ished ninth to­day. The Brazil­ians prof­ited from be­ing in clear air and their sec­ond in the medal race was enough to lift them into the gold medal po­si­tion. The two boats are likely to be ma­jor ri­vals over the next 18 months ahead of the Tokyo Games.

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