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Kiwi crews eye World Cup gold

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/06/2016

New Zealand crews are poised for medal-winning finishes at the sailing World Cup regatta in Weymouth, with both 49er combinations well placed going into the final medal race.

Logan Dunning Beck and Jack Simpson lead the 49er fleet, while Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech are lying third overall in the 49erFX.

The regatta, being sailed at the 2012 London Olympic venue, has been plagued by uncharacteristically light winds and the penultimate day of competition was eventually raced in south-westerly breezes ranging from 6-10 knots

Dunning Beck and Simpson regained their day one lead after coming through the tricky conditions relatively unscathed.

Coming ashore with an 8-12-5 scorecard, Dunning Beck and Simpson now top the leaderboard with 51.50 points ahead of second-placed Poles Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski on 66.

Maloney and Meech, who will represent New Zealand at the Rio Olympics, were seventh going into the penultimate day and placed second, first and third in their three races to put themselves in the medal mix.

The pair are five points behind second-placed Swedes Julia Gross, and seven adrift of leading Britons Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth.

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