Jan 28, 2015

Nacra 17s @ISAF World Cup Miami 2015: Jones-Saunders lead after 6 races

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PosNationSail Crew123456TotalNet
1NZLNZL222Gemma Jones Jason Saunders 312(dsq) 276515
2GBRGBR60Ben Saxton Nicola Groves 533-11412716
3ITAITA262Vittorio Bissaro Silvia Sicouri224-303105121
4FRAFRA1Billy Besson Marie Riou 10418-1584631
5FRAFRA065Moana Vaireaux Manon Audinet 65-18210185941

Report by ISAF Nacra 17s :
"In their first trip to Miami, Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders (NZL) have brought their game faces.
The masters of control in the opening day's big breeze backed up their bright start with a 1-2-7 to solidify their position at the top of the fleet.

Their secret in Monday's madness, "Our advantage was to have a much taller and bigger crew on the wire as it was

single trapezing," explained Jones. "That was our advantage downwind but we sailed well upwind as well."

With Jones at the helm and the 6'1" Saunders in front of her, it proved to be a winning formula as she continued, "Yesterday we had pretty good speed, we didn't have good starts but we took some pretty huge shifts upwind and that put us in a pretty good position round the top mark and then chipped away for the rest of the racing."

The Kiwis have always been in the top group at Nacra 17 competitions but are yet to back it up with a podium finish. Whilst that may be in the back of their mind, with nine fleet races remaining ahead of Saturday's Medal Race the Kiwis will be sticking to their usual pre-sail routine for Wednesday's trio of races, "We'll just start again, get a nice sleep in, cruise on down, check the boat is good and then launch an hour before racing. It's a really high level fleet and the racing is really good."

The day's other race wins went the way of Renee Groeneveld and Steven Krol (NED) who are 11th overall and Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves (GBR) who are seven points off the Kiwi leaders."