The New Zealand 470 women's pair of Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie
have stormed into gold medal position at Weymouth today.
They won both their races today to move ahead of the British team by four points with just two races remaining before the medal race.
"It was a good day; another solid one but we've got another two
races yet before the medal race. We've just got to keep ticking
along," said crew Polly Powrie after racing.
Points are very close in the women's 470 fleet, and even with these good results they do not have a firm grip on any final positions.
"Still a lot can change and just got to keep doing what we do," commented Jo Aleh.
The men's 470 crew have slipped back to fifth overall and are virtually out of medal contention with just the medal race to come.
"It was a pretty tricky day for us on the water," Paul said. "It was a different course and we had a lot more laps which condensed the fleet hugely."
The pair of 21 year old first time Olympians are ranked fifth overall, and just fifteen points off the bronze medal position.
"We still came away with a chance of a medal, so going in to the medal race we have a lot to gain and just need to sail the best we can and see what happens."
Tomorrow brings the final two opening series races for Jo and Polly, and the 49er medal race for Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.
Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders will enjoy a rest day
tomorrow before their medal race on Thursday.
Current Standings- Day 10 - August 7th, 2012
1st Jo Aleh/ Polly Powrie (470 W) after 8 of 11 races (2, 6, 2, 5, 10, 4, 1, 1)
2nd Peter Burling/ Blair Tuke (49er) after 15 of 16 races (9, 7, 1, 7, 3, 5, 9, 11, 7, 2, 1, 2, 15, 6, 6)
5th Paul Snow Hansen/ Jason Saunders (470 M) after 10 of 11 races (28DSQ, 3, 5, 4, 16, 3, 7, 9, 13, 12)
5th Andrew Murdoch (Laser)
5th Hamish Pepper/ Jim Turner (Star)
7th JP Tobin (RS:X)
7th Dan Slater (Finn)
9th Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt (Match Racing)
20th Sara Winther (Laser Radial)