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Medals on the agenda for Kiwi sailors in Palma

Medals on the agenda for Kiwi sailors in Palma

Sam Meech has guaranteed himself a medal at the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma and three other New Zealand boats will be fighting for a podium finish on the final day of the event tonight (NZ time).
Meech is virtually assured of silver in the Laser after five days of consistently good results, and he banked another two top-10 finishes overnight.

He's too far behind Australia Matt Wearn to win gold but he's also 18 points ahead of Croatia's Tonci Stipanovic in third with only the double points top 10 medal race remaining.

Andy Maloney is also in a strong position to collect a medal in only his second major Finn regatta since switching to the heavyweight dinghy.

He presently sits in third, seven points behind Holland's Nick Heiner who spent the summer in New Zealand training with Maloney and Josh Junior, and has a handy 18-point advantage over two competitors tied on points. Great Britain's Giles Scott has already wrapped up gold in the Finn.

The 49erFX gold has also been decided - five of the 10 Olympic classes have already been settled - but Alex Maloney and Molly Meech lifted themselves into medal contention overnight on the back of three good results (2, 4, 3). They are now third, only four points behind Denmark's Odile Van Aanholt and Marieke Jongens, but two other teams are not far behind so it's all to play for.
"Unfortunately, we didn't achieve our goal of starting well but we did most things fairly well after that to get three solid races on the scoreboard," Maloney said. "We feel confident in the boat, sailed tactically well and are super excited for a close medal race.

"First is already decided but there's silver and bronze to play for so our game plan is to send it and have some fun - try go for a solid race win, ideally."
Josh Porebski and Trent Rippey collected two wins in the 49er overnight, propelling them from ninth into fourth. They benefitted from others around them struggling in the shifty conditions but they couldn't quite punch home their position when they were 20th in the third race.

"Today was good," Porebski said. "We nailed the shifts in the first two races then got stuck out on the wrong side of a big shift on the last race.
"Keeping the head out of the boat was key and lining up the puffs. The plan tomorrow is to try to take out the medal race. It looks like good breeze so we will need to get the boat going fast and in the right direction then worry about the points later."

Sam Meech has the rare luxury of not really having to worry about the points in his medal race. It's the benefit of a very consistent week that has seen him finish outside the top 10 only twice in the 10 races to date, which is an impressive achievement in such a big and competitive fleet and with such shifty conditions in Palma.

"I'm really happy to come away with second or third so early in the season," Meech said. "It will be nice to do a medal race with less pressure. I will still have a couple of people to watch but, fingers crossed, I won't have to do too much."

Andy Maloney will need to have his wits about him a little more in the Finn medal race but he, too, is in a strong position to finish on the podium.
He won today's first race and backed it up with a sixth to give him a chance of winning silver. He won't be able to treat the medal race as a match race with Heiner, with two others still with an outside chance of snatching bronze, but he will keep a close eye on the Dutchman.

"I had a really solid couple of races today," he said. "I definitely made the most of my lessons from day one in the offshore oscillating breeze and sailed two really good races.

"Tomorrow looks like another offshore day, with a shifty breeze, so I'll have to stick to similar priorities as today and try to get clear of the fleet. I'll really just look to do the basics well and try to win the race. If I get the opportunity to send Heiner off the wrong way at any stage, I'll definitely take that, too."

Two other New Zealand boats will be competing in the medal races, with Tom Saunders, who overnight won his third race of the regatta, lining up alongside Meech in the Laser, and Liv Mackay and Micah Wilkinson looking to improve on their ninth in the Nacra 17.

Results and standings after the fifth day of the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma overnight (NZ time):
Men's 470 (79 boats)
1st: Mathew Belcher / William Ryan (AUS) 2 (13) 3 1 1 1 9 1 3 - 21 points
2nd: Deniz Cinar / Ates Cinar (TUR) 4 10 (UFD) 16 5 6 5 3 7 - 56 pts
3rd: Simon Diesch / Philipp Autenrieth (GER) 1 14 4 5 7 10 (32) 9 8 - 58 pts
13th: Paul Snow-Hansen / Daniel Willcox (NZL) 9 12 14 2 (21) 17 20 12 1 - 87 pts
Wome's 470 (48 boats)
1st: Ai Kondo Yoshida / Miho Yoshioka (JPN) 2 4 7 (12) 4 5 8 1 2 7 - 40 pts
2nd: Hannah Mills / Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) (19) 9 2 2 2 3 4 2 4 16 - 44 pts
3rd: Camille Lecointre / Aloise Retornaz (FRA) 2 (22) 2 10 1 1 1 4 12 21 - 54 pts
Silver Fleet
29th: Courtney Reynolds-Smith / Brianna Reynolds-Smith (NZL) 15 13 9 12 8 8 5 (DNC) 1 12 - 82 pts
49er (91 boats)
1st: Dylan Fletcher-Scott / Stuart Bithell (GBR) 12 1 5 1 1 2 19 4 1 6 9 1 (25) 17 3 - 82 pts
2nd: Yago Lange / Klaus Lange (ARG) 7 7 10 4 2 3 1 2 13 3 3 (15) 14 10 8 - 87 pts
3rd: Mathieu Frei / Noé Delpech (FRA) 95 4 1 8 18 3 8 2 3 12 1 2 10 11 (UFD) 12 - 95 pts
4th: Josh Porebski / Trent Rippey (NZL) 10 8 13 4 3 12 6 5 3 10 7 17 1 1 (20) - 100 pts
Silver fleet
27th: Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (NZL) (15) 13 15 3 12 1 2 4 6 8 1 2 10 7 3 - 87 pts
49erFX (54 boats)
1st: Annemiek Bekkering / Annette Duetz (NED) 1 1 8 1 3 1 4 1 1 8 8 1 (15) 1 6 - 45 pts
2nd: Odile Van Aanholt / Marieke Jongens (NED) 3 5 5 9 2 12 16 7 7 2 5 5 1 (20) 4 - 83 pts
3rd: Alex Maloney / Molly Meech (NZL) 2 13 1 3 12 7 12 6 4 9 (19) 9 2 4 3 - 87 pts
Finn (73 boats)
1st: Giles Scott (GBR) 6 3 8 11 3 6 2 5 (17) 3 - 47 pts
2nd: Nicholas Heiner (NED) 18 (21) 13 16 2 12 6 3 2 4 - 76 pts
3rd: Andy Maloney (NZL) 16 (48) 19 6 7 1 13 14 1 6 - 83 pts
29th: Josh Junior (54) 38 37 24 4 9 29 17 43 31 - 232 pts
51st: Brendan McCarty (NZL) 63 50 (BFD) 55 42 46 39 57 18 64 - 414 pts
63rd: Raymond Hall (NZL) (60) 17 54 57 48 60 39 57 (66) 64 STP STP - 481 pts

Laser (183 boats)
1st: Matthew Wearn (AUS) 5 2 6 (24) 2 1 5 4 4 14 - 43 pts
2nd: Sam Meech (NZL) 1 2 5 8 4 1 22 (31) 9 10 - 62 pts
3rd: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) 6 12 2 (20) 3 5 15 8 16 13 - 80 pts
7th: Tom Saunders (NZL) (30) 6 1 9 25 14 19 1 24 1 - 100 pts
20th: George Gautrey (NZL) 27 8 19 7 36 6 35 (44) 20 5 - 163 pts
24th: Andrew McKenzie (NZL) 5 7 (43) 1 17 26 39 27 19 27 - 168 pts

Silver fleet
165th: Matthew Kempkers (NZL) 43 27 46 47 (DNC) DNC 43 18 18 41 - 327 pts
Laser Radial (113 boats)
1st: Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 9 8 3 2 3 2 2 (22) 10 8 - 47 pts
2nd: Alison Young (GBR) 6 7 9 4 7 1 23 (27) 11 2 - 70 pts
3rd: Marit Bouwmeester (NED) 16 1 3 6 1 4 6 (BFD) 26 15 - 78 pts
20th: Susannah Pyatt (NZL) (40) 4 36 7 29 26 38 15 7 19 - 172 pts
44th: Olivia Christie (NZL) 12 40 14 28 8 45 33 35 42 (53) - 257 pts

Nacra 17 (47 boats)
1st: Ruggero Tita / Caterina Banti (ITA) 1 1 3 6 1 3 2 2 1 (12) 5 2 1 4 3 - 35 pts
2nd: Ben Saxton / Nicola Boniface (GBR) 2 1 3 1 1 2 10 8 15 1 1 4 (18) 5 15 - 69 pts
3rd: Fernando Echavarri / Tara Pacheco (ESP) 10 13 2 1 2 1 8 23 4 23 10 6 3 1 2 - 86 pts
9th: Liv Mackay / Micah Wilkinson (NZL) 17 3 9 4 4 18 1 1 2 (20) 12 11 13 2 16 - 112 pts
13th: Gemma Jones / Jason Saunders (NZL) 5 14 4 10 3 8 6 13 16 5 16 1 20 11 (22) - 132 pts

Men's RS:X (118 boards)
1st: Louis Giard (FRA) 3 3 3 3 3 1 4 (7) 3 1 - 24 pts
2nd: Pawel Tarnowski (POL) 2 3 4 7 2 2 8 (18) 2 2 - 32 pts
3rd: Sebastian Fleischer (DEN) 3 4 3 6 4 4 3 14 1 (21) - 42 pts
Silver fleet
83rd: Antonio Cozzolino (NZL) 27 21 33 23 9 12 (UFD) 1 10 3 - 139 pts
Full results here

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