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NZ sailing team expanded for 2015

The New Zealand sailing team has been expanded by three to contest major regattas in 2015.

National selectors unveiled a team of 15, boosted by the recall of Sara Winther (Laser Radial) Michael Bullot (Laser) and Jon-Paul Tobin (Mens RS:X) after they enjoyed strong results last year.

All are pursuing berths at the 2016 Rio Olympics, for which New Zealand has qualified boats in all 10 classes at the Games.

The most intense competition is in the Laser class, where Bullot will line up alongside Andy Maloney, Sam Meech and Thomas Saunders at a number of elite international events.

The team are spearheaded by Olympic women’s 470 champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, and men’s 49er world champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.

Yachting New Zealand high performance manager Jez Fanstone says the Olympic selectors will keep a close eye on performances throughout the year.

All 15 sailors will contest the four-day Sail Auckland regatta starting on Thursday.


49erFX – Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech

470 – Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie

Laser Radial – Sara Winther

RS:X – Natalia Kosinska


49er – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke; Josh Porebski and Marcus Hansen

470 – Paul Snow-Hansen and Daniel Willcox

Laser – Andy Maloney, Sam Meech, Thomas Saunders, Michael Bullot

Finn – Andrew Murdoch, Josh Junior

RS:X – Jon-Paul Tobin


Nacra 17 – Gemma Jones and Jason Saunders

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