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Burling and Tuke take lead at 49er world champs

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke go into gold fleet racing in the lead at the 49er world championships. Photo: Sailing Energy.

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are exactly where they want to be heading into the second half of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships in Geelong.

The five-time world champions banked another two race wins and a third to hold a narrow lead as the top boats move into three days of gold fleet racing.

Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn are also well placed in 10th overall, with Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie just behind in 11th.

It's often said the real racing doesn't start until gold fleet racing, when points can stack up quickly if mistakes are made, but it certainly helps to emerge from qualifying with a low scorecard.

"It was another good day for us with a 1, 3, 1 so we’re really happy to get through qualifying unscathed," says Tuke. "It’s been nice to put some firsts so far on the board.

"The competition gets a lot tougher in gold fleet and it’s harder to have those low scores so having a fifth as our worst race [and drop so far] is good. We’ll look to come out firing and put three good ones on the board tomorrow and keep the pressure on. It’s definitely coming to the business end, which is pretty exciting."

The Nacra 17 fleet of 34 boats is racing as only one fleet all week and some teams are already starting to stack up some bigger numbers.

Micah Wilkinson and Erica Dawson are still the top New Zealand boat in seventh overall but lost a little ground on the leaders, Great Britain's John Gimson and Anna Burnet, while Liv Mackay and Jason Saunders remained in ninth. Gemma Jones and Josh Porebski had a much better day than their first and climbed up to 14th overall and with it all still to play for.

"It was a day of survival for us," says Wilkinson. "We had the speed but small errors turned into a bit of a points bleed.

"That said, it was a good day on the water and we're looking forward to cracking into the last few days. There's a bit of breeze in the forecast so it's time to pucker up and send it."

The Lasers endured a late finish across town at their world championships with multiple general recalls and reset courses. The top three New Zealand sailors all had decent days to keep themselves in the hunt, with Tom Saunders ninth, Sam Meech 14th and George Gautrey 28th.

There's one more day of qualifying before the top third of the 124 boats battle it out in gold fleet.

"I had a couple of good results, although I made it look a lot harder than it probably should have been," says Saunders, who was fourth and third in his two races today. "It looks really easy for some people and really hard for others, which is frustrating, but it keeps me in the game.

"I'm just trying to keep pace and get through qualifying without having any big counters. I just need to keep getting off the line clean and sailing fast and hopefully find myself out in front. That's tomorrow's goal and I'll then reset and sharpen up for gold fleet."

Burling and Tuke are already at that point and are content with how they are sailing but know every point will count.

"I think the boat has been going pretty fast but we have also been making some good decisions and been putting the boat in good lanes," Tuke says.

"It’s been pleasing that we’ve managed to come back from positions where we’ve been quite deep early on in the race to still get those low scores and, in some cases even win the race, so that gives us a lot of confidence."

Results and standings from the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 world championships in Geelong:

49er (78) boats

1st: Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) 1 (5) 1 1 3 1 - 7 pts
2nd: Diego Botin / Iago Lopez Marra (ESP) 4 (9) 1 1 1 1 - 8 pts
3rd: Benjamin Bildstein / David Hussl (AUT) 2 1 2 (3) 2 2 - 9 pts

10th: Logan Dunning Beck / Oscar Gunn (NZL) 8 2 12 4 (15) 4 - 30 pts
11th: Isaac McHardie / William McKenzie (NZL) 5 7 (20) 8 4 8 - 32 pts
27th: Markus Somerville / Jack Simpson (NZL) 9 7 4 (14) 9 14 - 43 pts
52nd: Jackson Keon / Scott McKenzie (NZL) 15 9 10 (20) 20 20 - 74 pts
58th: Lewis Anderson / Reece Caulfield (NZL) 9 19 (26) 15 22 21 - 86 pts
62nd: Sam Bacon / Henry Gautrey (NZL) 17 (24) 19 23 20 15 - 94 pts
63rd: Sam Morgan / Pat Morgan (NZL) (22) 16 19 21 21 17 - 94 pts
70th: Campbell Stanton / Will Shapland (NZL) - 21 23 19 22 (24) 22 - 107 pts

49erFX (44 boats)

1st: Charlotte Dobson / Saskia Tidey (GBR) 1 1 (11) 2 2 3 - 9 pts
2nd: Tamara Echegoyen / Paula Barcelo (ESP) (5) 1 4 2 1 3 - 11 pts
3rd: Anne-Julie Schutt / Iben Nielsby (DEN) 3 5 6 3 (10) 4 - 21 pts

43rd: Crystal Sun / Olivia Hobbs (NZL) 21 21 17 21 19 (44 UFD) - 99 pts

Nacra 17 (34 boats)

1st: John Gimson / Anna Burnet (GBR) 10 1 1 1 1 (20) - 14 pts
2nd: Nathan Outteridge / Haylee Outteridge (AUS) 1 2 10 (15) 2 2 - 17 pts
3rd: Quentin Delapierre / Manon Audinet (FRA) - 4 6 7 6 6 (8) - 29 pts

7th: Micah Wilkinson / Erica Dawson (NZL) 8 4 5 (20) 7 19 - 43 pts
9th: Liv Mackay / Jason Saunders (NZL) 9 16 9 4 (20) 7 - 45 pts
14th: Gemma Jones / Josh Porebski (NZL) 7 (26) 25 10 5 14 - 61 pts
30th: Helena Sanderson / Henry Haslett (NZL) 28 (32) 31 18 25 30 - 132 pts

Full results

Results and standings from the Laser world championships in Melbourne:

Laser (124 boats)

1st: Philipp Buhl (GER) (4) 1 1 1 - 3 pts
2nd: Jean-Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) 1 (7) 1 1 - 3 pts
3rd: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) 1 2 (13) 2 - 5 pts

9th: Tom Saunders (NZL) 3 (9) 4 3 - 10 pts
14th: Sam Meech (NZ) (5) 5 5 5 - 15 pts
28th: George Gautrey (NZL) 14 (18) 3 8 - 25 pts
48th: Josh Armit (NZL) 8 21 12 (22) - 41 pts

98th: Luke Deegan (NZL) (32) 32 29 24 - 85 pts

Full results

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