Ben Saxton and Nicola Boniface were the stand-out pair on the opening day of racing at the 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra17 Oceania Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
The British pair took wins in hte first three Nacra 17 races, taking a seven point lead ahead of Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis of the USA, with Sinem Kurtbay and Akseli Keskinen of Finland in third place.
Fellow Britss John Gimson and Anna Burnet (1,7,7) are in seventh place. The two teams have been trading wins throughout 2019 and a decisive win at the 2019 worlds could book the winning team a ticket to Tokyo.
In the men’s 49er Andrew Mollerus and Ian Macdiarmid (3,6,2) of the USA take a one point lead from Fischer Erwain and Clément Pequin of France.
With New Zealand’s Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie in third place.
Britain’s Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell (2,21,1) finished in 15th place, while local heros Pete Burling and Blair Tuke (6,5,5) had a consistent day and are seventh overall and five points off the lead.
The women’s 49erFX is also led by a team from the United States, Stephine Roble and Maggie Shea (1,3,1) relishing the conditions, to lead by 7 points.
Second are Barzil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (2,3,7) and in third place reigning European and World Champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz of Holland just two points further back.
Britain’s Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (6,8,3) in sixth place, are tied with Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech of New Zealand on 17 points.
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Oceania Championship Overall Leading results after Day 1, 3 races
1st Andrew Mollerus & Ian Macdiarmid (USA) 3-6-2; 11pts
2nd Fischer Erwain & Clément Pequin (FRA) 1-10-1; 12pts
3rd Isaac McHardie & William McKenzie (NZL) 1-4-7; 12pts
4th Diego Botin & Iago López Marra (ESP) 9-1-3; 13pts
5th Dominik Buksak & Szymon Wierzbicki (POL) 5-7-2; 14pts
15th GBR 6 Dylan Fletcher & Stuart Bithell 2-21-2; 24 pts
1st Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea (USA) 1-3-1; 5pts
2nd Martine Grael & Kahena Kunze (BRA) 2-3-7; 12pts
3rd Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz (NED) 4-4-6; 14pts
4th Victoria Jurczok & Anika Lorenz (GER) 5-6-5; 16pts
5th Alexandra Maloney & Molly Meech (NZL) 2-2-13; 17pts
6th GBR Charlotte Dobson & Saskia Tidey 6-8-3; 17 pts
Nacra 17 Mixed
1st Ben Saxton & Nicola Boniface (GBR) 1-1-1; 3pts
2nd Riley Gibbs & Anna Weis (USA) 3-1-4; 8pts
3rd Sinem Kurtbay & Akseli Keskinen (FIN) 4-4-2; 10pts
4th Lin Cenholt & Cp Lübeck (DEN) 2-6-4; 12pts
5th Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza (ARG) 4-6-3; 13pts
6th NZL Gemma Jones & Josh Porebki 3-3-5; 14pts
7th GBR John Gimson & Anna Burnet 1-7-7; 15pts