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Jez Fanstone steps down from New Zealand Yachting

Former Ben Ainslie coach Jez Fanstone has stepped down from Yachting New Zealand where he was the high performance director for eight years.

Yachting NZ chief executive Dave Abercrombie confirmed the move:

"He decided eight years is a long time in one job and he wants to spend more time with his family so he's done it off his own bat. It's his decision, which we respect," he said.

Fanstone, the former coach of British Olympic great Ben Ainslie, joined Yachting NZ in 2009.

Under Fanstone New Zealand doubled that medal return in London, with gold in the women's 470 (Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie) and a silver in the 49er (Peter Burling and Blair Tuke).

In Rio that was doubled again with one gold (Burling and Tuke), two silver (Aleh and Powrie; Alex Maloney and Molly Meech, 49erFX) and a bronze (Sam Meech, Laser).

Abercrombie said his organisation will advertise for a new high performance manager once the structure of the role has been confirmed.

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