The kiwi pair opened the series with a bullet going on to record clean single-digit results across the first half of the regatta until strong winds interrupted the programme and no racing was possible on day four.
The penultimate day of the championship at La Grande Motte didn’t go the way kiwis Jones and Saunders would have wanted. The New Zealand pair was 8th, 24th and 29th dropping them to 20th overall and missing out on the top ten medal race.
“Tough day on the water for us today,” said after day five. “Started the day well with an 8th in the first race, didn’t quite get it right for the second race finishing 24th and had a few breakages and capsizing in the last race where we finished 29th.”
They went on to sail on the final day to end the 2014 Nacra 17 European Championships in 19th place.
Spain’s Iker Martinez and Tara Pacheco took the title.
2014 Nacra 17 European Championships , La Grande Motte, France
What: Olympic mixed multihull
New Zealand’s Final Results
19thGemma Jones and Jason Saunders
NZL Sailing Team Coach: Will Howden