Andy Maloney had a chance of collecting silver on the final day of the Finn European championships in Athens if everything went his way and the medal race couldn't have worked out any better for the New Zealand sailor.
It's often said the real racing doesn't start until gold fleet racing but a number of New Zealand sailors have given themselves every chance of success at the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European championships with some impressive results in qualifying.
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Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox came to Europe with few expectations but will return home buoyed about what they can achieve in the next 18 months after finishing third at the 470 European championships in San Remo today.
George Lee Rush continued his impressive form from the recent Optimist nationals to claim the title at the prestigious 2019 RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup in Bermuda, beating the best Opti sailors from around the world.
It was a bit like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears today for the New Zealand sailors at their respective European championships - no wind at one venue, too much at another and just right at a third.
New Zealand sailors are renowned for enjoying a bit of breeze and Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox took advantage on day four of the 470 European championships by winning a race they describe as one of their career highlights.
The crews at the 470 European championships have spent plenty of time waiting around over the last couple of days but they managed to get one race in today which saw Paul Snow-Hansen and Dan Willcox move into the top 10.
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