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Kiwi women head 49erFX fleet in Kiel

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/06/2017

The strong winds Kiwi sailors Alex Maloney and Molly Meech have been looking for at the Kiel Week regatta in Germany have finally blown in.

The Olympic 49erFX silver medallists have climbed to the top of the standings after three days of racing, scoring two wins, a second and a sixth to open out an eight-point lead on Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (Britain).

The breezy conditions of 17-25 knots made life difficult for many but Maloney and Meech thrived on the first day of racing in the top 25 gold fleet.

"It was really, really exciting skiff racing," Meech said.

"We were mixing it up with not only the top 49erFX crews but also catching up to the back of the 49er fleet so things were pretty hairy at times."

Maloney and Meech can look forward to breezy conditions for the rest of the regatta, which will take in three races on Saturday night (NZT) ahead of the final double-points medal race.

The news wasn't quite so good for fellow Kiwis Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey, who started the day in first but dropped to fifth overall.

They struggled in the day's first two races, finishing 18th and 21st in the 25-strong gold fleet, and followed it up with an 11th and a ninth after making some alterations to their boat.

Porebski and Rippey are only five points off a podium position but the top two combinations - Australians David Gilmour and Joel Turner and the Polish team of Lukasz Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski - have opened a handy lead on the rest of the fleet.

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