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Kiwi sailors lead Spanish regatta

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/03/2016

New Zealand sailors hold the lead in both Laser and Finn racing at the halfway stage of the prestigious Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Both Andy Maloney in the Laser, and Josh Junior in the Finn lead their classes three days into the six-day event.

With the Lasers split into gold and silver fleets, Maloney was one of only three sailors who returned two top 10 results on the water, finishing the day's sailing with an eighth and fifth under his belt.

Maloney said it was pleasing to get some solid results ahead of the World Cup in France later next month.

"Really, for me this is a chance to get another big fleet regatta under my belt before going to Hyeres and working on a few tactical, big fleet things."

Maloney leads the 152-strong fleet, and is now seven points clear of Croatian Tonci Stipanovic and Kristian Ruth of Norway, second and third respectively but equal on points.

In the Finn class, Junior retained his overall lead after taking a win first up, then following through with fifth in the second race of the day.

"It ended up being a big left-hand track so everyone came off the start line in a boat speed race," Junior said.

"I just hung and kept with the top guys and managed to get in the lead and won, which was really pleasing. The next race wasn't quite so easy - I think I ran out of energy and struggled a little bit more."

British sailor Giles Scott sits second, four points behind Junior with Dutch sailor Pieter Jan Postma a further five points back in third.

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