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Sail for Gold - Kiwi RS:X windsurfers move, Tobin up, Kosinska down

A slightly better day including a 3rd saw JP Tobin move back into the top 10 (9th) while Natalia had her two worst results and slipped back to 15th.

Sail for Gold - Kiwi RS:X windsurfers slip outside top 10

After yesterday’s light winds, racing is now back on schedule at the Weymouth Olympic sailing venue and the kiwi presence is starting to shape up. J P Tobin and Natalia Kosinksa both slipped slightly to 11th in the RS:X classes on day 2. This is the last chance for NZ to get an entry in the womens RS:X event at the Olympics.

Sail for Gold - Mixed start for kiwi RS:X windsurfers

Natalia Kosinska in the Women’s RS:X finished inside the top ten for both of her races, and goes into day two in 9th overall. JP Tobin got down to business in the RS:X men’s second race of the day, after a slow first race where he finished 19th. Only a few seconds separated the top eight finishers in this second windsurfing race; JP finished 6th right amongst the lead pack, in which anybody could have won. Overall after the first two races, JP sits in tenth.

Sail for Gold Weymouth regatta preview - NZ RS:X sailors included

The NZL Sailing Team and several other New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic class sailors are preparing for the biggest ISAF World Cup regatta of the season; the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is due to commence on Monday June 4th. RS:X (men’s) JP Tobin, RS:X (women’s) Natalia Kosinska and Steffanie Williams are competing.

RS:X World Windsurfing Championships - a blast in more ways than one

The RS:X World Championships were a blast...
After what was one of the windiest world championships on record, it's time to take stock.
Racing was only possible on 4 of the scheduled seven days with no medal racing for the second time this year. Who would have thought beforehand that we would wake up each morning praying for 15 knots LESS wind...

Tobin Bronze at RS:X World Championships

JP Tobin, The NZL Sailing Team’s Olympic representative in the Men's RS:X has finished on the podium with a third place finish at the 2012 RS:X Class World Championships.

Left: JP finished fifth at the ISAF 2011 RS:X World Championships less than four months ago

Throughout the event, except for his single drop, JP maintained a top five finish in every race. This is his best result ever at a Windsurfing World Championship.

RS:X World Champs - JP Tobin takes 3rd, but the wind has the last word.

With the last two days racing cancelled and no medal race with winds up to 50 knots the standings after race 10 determined the final result. Bontemps came ahead of Nick Dempsey, from Great Britain, and JP Tobin, from New Zealand. The French sailor was first in the last two Cadiz races.

RS:X Windsurfing Worlds - 50 knot gusts and its speed sailing time

$1000 Winner Takes All Speed Session as Wind Gusts to 50 Knots. It didn’t take long for the Race Committee to pull the plug on racing today. The committee boat anchored and with a few minutes their bow roller was bent out of shape as the first 40 knot gust came through. White caps transformed into vapor as the sea became streaked with white lines…

The AP over A went up and racing was cancelled for the day. The forecast for tomorrow is more of the same. The medal races are scheduled for 1200hrs as usual. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that.

RS:X Windsurfing - JP Tobin and the wind - still nuking it and there's more to come

Yesterday Toni Wilhelm went to flight school yesterday with the result that his sail cartwheeled across the bay and smacked another racer on the back. Alex Jones [BER] was taken off the water and to hospital with broken bones in a foot. Today sailors who would not normally be taking rides over the handle bars were doing so. Julien Bontemps [FRA] posted a 3-1-1 to take over as overall leader. Nick Dempsey [GBR] scored 1-2-3 to bounce back up to silver medal position. JP Tobin [NZL] 2-4-2 is up from 5th to 3rd.

RS:X Windsurfing - Ballistic Winds on The Bay of Cadiz

In a break from normal practice, the RS:X men's gold fleet was accompanied by their compadres in the silver fleet for the first day of the final series in the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships. It was Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] who was the most consistent posting 1-2-5 to move up the rankings to take over 6th spot overall.

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