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Kiwi 49er pair lead at German regatta

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

Josh Porebski could be on his way to another podium finish. © Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Josh Porebski could be on his way to another podium finish. New Zealand 49er sailors Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey have tweaked their form up a notch to claim an early lead at the Kiel Week regatta in Germany.

Having placed in the top-10 at two recent World Cup events, the Kiwi duo made a sizzling start in Kiel, notching two wins and a fourth-placing in the three opening races.

They hold a narrow lead over seasoned Brazilian pair Robert Scheidt and Gabriel Borges in the 69-boat fleet.

Porebski and Rippey are making a strong statement this year in the absence of Olympic and world champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who have taken a break from 49er racing to concentrate on the America's Cup.

Elsewhere, Olympic silver medallists Alex Maloney and Molly Meech are third in the 48-strong fleet of 49erFX boats.

The Kiwi pair collected a first, fourth and 17th placing in light, shifty conditions to sit just three points behind German leaders Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz.

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