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The young New Zealand crew of Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech has taken out the 49erFX skiff at the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup series opener (Sail Melbourne), just wrapped up today.
Making its entrance into the ISAF Sailing World Cup Series in Melbourne this week, the 49er FX is the women’s skiff class that will debut as an Olympic event in Rio 2016.
Up against some quality Australian crews including Olivia Price, (Olympic Silver medallist in the Women’s keelboat at the London Games this year), the kiwi victory is an exciting performance which bodes well.
Both have represented New Zealand at the ISAF Youth World Championships, Maloney winning a silver medal in 2010 sailing the 29er. The pair has been eyeing the skiff class event since its inclusion in the Olympic Games was announced, and they travelled to Santander, Spain in March this year to take part in trials to determine which boat would be given the nod for the Olympic event.
Their victory in Melbourne this week has been convincing – they concluded the twelve race series with an eight point margin over nearest rivals Tessa Parkinson and Kate Lathouras of Australia. Maloney and Meech only finished outside the top three in one race and rounded out the regatta in style with a medal race victory today.
A solid contingent of New Zealand sailors crossed the Tasman for 2012 Sail Melbourne; results for all kiwi sailors are just below.
2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup / Melbourne (Sail Melbourne)
RAYC Member’s Results
49er FX Open
1st Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech
14th Laura Lowther
5th Rob Coutts
7th Miranda Powrie and Mark Stichbury-Cooper
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