Kiwi sailors Josh Junior and Andy Maloney are feeling the heat after a tiring third day at the Finn European championships in Cadiz, Spain.
The fleet spent seven hours on the water and sailed three races in the 15-24 knot conditions to make up for time lost earlier in the regatta.
Junior moved up to fifth overall, 11 points off third, after finishing fourth, 25th and ninth while Maloney started the day in the top 10 and is now 18th overall.
Junior is competing in his first major centreboard regatta since the 2016 Rio Olympics and Maloney in his first since switching from the Laser to the heavyweight dinghy.
"I hope the rest of the fleet are tired because me and Andy are," Junior said.
"The fleet is huge. It's hard to get off the start line in good shape because it's about 500m long and you don't know what's going on with the wind at the other end of the line.
"When you're back in 50th or 60th, you certainly know about it."
Junior has banked four top-10 results in his six races, including two fourths, to be within sight of the leaders.
Nicholas Heiner of the Netherlands, who spent the summer in New Zealand training with Junior and Maloney, extended his lead and is now nine points ahead of Britain's Edward Wright.
World champion Max Salminen of Sweden climbed five places to third.