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Maloney shines at World Championships

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<p class="intro">The NZL Sailing Team are in Europe with three world championship regattas underway, and three more about to begin. The Laser World Championships in Germany, where&nbsp;five New Zealanders are competing, and the Star World Championships in France have just two days of racing left each.&nbsp;</p> <p class="intro"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Peter%20%26%20Blair%20%40%20Croatia.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 275px;" /></p> <p class="intro"><br /> <em>Above: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have started their regatta well&nbsp;at the&nbsp;49er Worlds as seen here from day one&nbsp;in Zadar, Croatia. Photo by 49er World Championships </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> </em><br /> <br /> 21 year old Laser sailor Andy Maloney is showing his best in the highly competitive mens single handed lightweight Olympic class, currently ranked 5th in the fleet of 168 boats. Sam Meech and Andrew Murdoch sit 22nd and 31st respectively, and up to four more races may be sailed.<br /> <br /> Also doing well is the NZ Star team of Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner who have completed four races in Hyeres, France.&nbsp; Although an 18th place finish overnight slid them down from 7th to 9th overall, points are close and after one more race the worst score of each sailor will be discarded, and this will somewhat mix up the standings.<br /> <br /> The Star World Championships will see a rest day tomorrow and then two more race days to finish off the regatta. Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner will be putting in their best effort to earn one of the final four Olympic qualification berths for New Zealand to be given the opportunity to select a team for the Olympic Games.<br /> <br /> Both teams of New Zealanders at the 49er World Championships are inside the top 20 after the first two days of sailing. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, NZ&rsquo;s Olympic representatives in this class and silver medallists from the 2011 49er World Championships, are currently 13th place and only seven points adrift of the podium. Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski are also doing well, in 18th after the first six races sailed.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>May 9th current standings<br /> Laser Worlds - Gold Fleet</strong><br /> 5th - Andy Maloney<br /> 22nd - Sam Meech<br /> 31st - Andrew Murdoch<br /> <br /> <strong>Laser Worlds- Silver Fleet</strong><br /> 30th&nbsp;- Thomas Saunders<br /> 36th&nbsp;- Michael Cate<br /> <br /> <strong>Star Worlds</strong><br /> 9th - Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner<br /> <br /> <strong>49er Worlds</strong><br /> 13th - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke<br /> 18th - Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski<br /> <br /> Most other remaining Olympic representatives will be starting their World Championship run later in the week, with the Finns starting at Falmouth and 470&rsquo;s in Barcelona on May 13th, and the Laser Radial last to start on May 15th.<br /> <br /> The RS:X World Championships were sailed in March, and JP Tobin came away with a Bronze medal, setting the bar high for the team to follow.<br /> <br /> Daily updates for all events including results will be posted via the NZL Sailing Team&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook Page</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter accounts</a>. Further press releases will be issued from <a href="" target="_blank">Yachting New Zealand.</a><br /> <br /> - ENDS-</p> <h2 class="intro">World Championship Schedule</h2> <p><strong>2012 Laser World Championships</strong><br /> Venue: Boltenhagen, Germany<br /> Racing Starts: May 4th<br /> Final Races: May 10th<br /> Representing New Zealand: Andrew Murdoch, Sam Meech, Andy Maloney, Michael Cate, Thomas Saunders<br /> Regatta Website: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>2012 Star World Championships</strong><br /> Venue: Hyeres, France<br /> Racing Starts: May 5th<br /> Final Races: May 11th<br /> Representing New Zealand: Hamish Pepper/ Jim Turner<br /> Regatta Website: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>2012 49er World Championships</strong><br /> Venue: Zadar, Croatia<br /> Racing Starts: May 7th<br /> Final Races: May 12th<br /> Representing New Zealand: Peter Burling/Blair Tuke, Marcus Hansen/Josh Porebski<br /> Regatta Website: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>2012 Finn World Championships</strong><br /> Venue: Falmouth, England<br /> Racing Starts: May 13th<br /> Final Races: May 18th<br /> Representing New Zealand: Dan Slater, Matt Coutts, Rob Coutts<br /> Regatta Website: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>2012 470 World Championships</strong><br /> Venue: Barcelona, Spain<br /> Racing Starts: May 13th<br /> Final Races: May 19th<br /> Representing New Zealand: Jo Aleh/ Olivia (Polly) Powrie, Paul Snow Hansen/Jason Saunders<br /> Regatta Website: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>2012 Radial World Championships</strong><br /> Venue: Boltenhagen, Germany<br /> Racing Starts: May 15th<br /> Final Races: May 20th<br /> Representing New Zealand: Sara Winther<br /> Regatta Website: <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>For more information contact:</strong><br /> Kristine Lederis<br /> Yachting New Zealand<br /> +64 21 871 301<br /> <a href=""></a></p>