The first European regatta of the season is always an opportunity for the New Zealand sailors to check in on how summer training has gone and, for Andy Maloney and Josh Junior, it appears to have gone well.
The New Zealand contingent at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma made a good start, with four crews inside the top four of their classes, but no racing was possible in the 49er fleet meaning Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's international comeback was del
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have become used to people watching them, given their achievement over the past decade, and know they will be under the spotlight at this week's Princess Sofia regatta in Palma.
The RS Feva is being used more and more by clubs as a transition boat for children moving into the youth classes and its popularity is expected to see more than 30 boats line up for next weekend's national championships at Torbay.
Chris Skinner became the first person to win back-to-back handicap honours in one of New Zealand's toughest races when he joined with co-skipper Shane Bellingham to win the SSANZ Round New Zealand Two Handed Race.
In the next instalment of a regular blog from a host of New Zealand sailors, Josh Armit writes about his transition from the youth classes to Olympic classes and the challenge of juggling that with school.
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