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Burling and Tuke lead 49er World Cup

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Update: 2:08PM WORLD champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have moved to the front of the 49er fleet at the midway stage of the World Cup sailing event in Spain.

The Olympic silver medallists began day three of the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta off Palma, on the island of Majorca, with a 14th placing.

They followed up with two wins to propel themselves into a seven-point lead in the standings.

Burling and Tuke are one of four New Zealand crews in the top five of their class.

Olympic and world champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie remain third overall in the women's 470 after a fourth and a second placing.

They are eight points behind French leaders Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance, but just one behind the British pair of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clarke, whom they beat to the Olympic title at 2012 London Games.

Aleh says the fluctuating winds made things tough, particularly in the second race, when there was a heavily biased start line.

"There were big pile-ups and plenty of screaming," she said.

"We only just sneaked through, but that was enough to keep us in the top five, from where we worked our way into second."

In the men's 470, Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox had their best day of the regatta with two sixth placings to climb to fifth overall.

Also moving up to fifth was Finn sailor Josh Junior, after a ninth and a second.

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