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Kiwi sailors lose 49er World Cup lead

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/12/2016

Kiwi sailors Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie have lost the lead of the 49er class after a testing day at the final sailing World Cup regatta in Melbourne.

The pair failed to make the start line for race seven, one of 12 crews that didn't start or finish the race with winds gusting in excess of 20 knots and big seas.

They went into the day with a one-point lead but now sit fourth overall - seven points behind Australian brothers Sam and William Phillips who won the race.

Fellow Kiwis Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey were fifth to remain fifth overall on the same number of points as McHardie and McKenzie.

Nacra 17 pair Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson enjoyed two wins and a third place to hold onto second place, trailing leaders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin by six points.

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