Ruggero Tita, pictured here with Pietro Zucchetti, and Caterina Banti continue to top the standings at the Nacra 17 European Championships in Weymouth ©Getty Images

World champions Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti edged further ahead of the chasing pack on the final day of qualifying at the Nacra 17 European Championships on the Isle of Portland in England.

The Italian duo registered first, second and fourth-place finishes to move onto 12 points at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, five more than Great Britain's John Gimson and Anna Burnet in second.

Tita and Banti's compatriots Vittorio Bissaro and Maelle Frascari Diotallevi are third on 21 points, which is the same score as that held by Denmark's Lin Cenholt and CP Lübeck in fourth.

Solid finishes of ninth, fifth and second kept reigning Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand in top spot in the 49er with 17 points.

They lead by a single point from young Spaniards Diego Botín le Chever and Iago López Marra.

New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke maintained their lead in the 49er ©Getty Images
New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke maintained their lead in the 49er ©Getty Images

Burling and Tuke's team-mates Logan Dunning Beck and Oscar Gunn are third with 28 points.

With nine races of qualifying now complete in the 49erFX, reigning Olympic champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil are setting the standard with 13 points.

Their score is made up of four race wins, three second places and one third.

It gives them a four-point advantage over the second-placed Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey of Britain.

Reigning world champions Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz of The Netherlands are one point further back.

At the Finn European Championships in Greece's capital Athens, British Olympic champion Giles Scott is still out in front with eight points.

He has a four-point lead over New Zealand's Andy Maloney.

Turkey's Alican Kaynar is 15 points behind in third.

World champion Zsombor Berecz of Hungary occupies fifth place, with Argentina's Facundo Olezza in fourth.