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RS:X World Windsurfing Champs - JP Tobin climbs to 5th, training partner van Rijsselberge now leading.

Day 4 saw JP Tobin from New Zealand take 2, 5 and 4 to lift his standing to 5th overall, only 5 points behind Dorian van Rijsselberge who is now leading. Consistency is the key for the top sailors, with placings of lower than 6 starting to matter, Dorian has placed no lower than 4th in any race so far.

RS:X Windsurfing Worlds - 40 knots blows racing off the water

This morning the Bay of Cadiz was covered in white caps. The AP went up. Racing was postponed in the hope that the wind would moderate. It topped out at 40 knots plus mid morning and stayed there until 1500hrs. Up went the AP over A. No racing

The Race Director, Rob Lamb had a well thought through plan of action in the event that he decided that racing would be possible. And that was to call out one group at a time and race them on a windward/leeward course. That way he could provide the necessary safety cover with the help of the coach boats.

RS:X World windsurfing - the Levante is coming and survival conditions are scheduled

The men went out into a building breeze for a 1200hrs start. The wind was 8 - 18 knots. Big holes. Shifty and testing to say the least. It was the orange group who started first and Shahar Zubari [ISR11] who lead on the first upwind and all the way down to the bottom of the outside loop. Nick Dempsey [GBR1] was close behind in second with Dorian van Rijsselberge [NED8] in hot pursuit.

RS:X World windsurfing championships - Tthe fans are betting on Nimrod and Lee

Olympic windsurfing is big in Israel. Out the six medals won by athletes for their country, at least 3 have been in windsurfing so it's not surprising that windsurfing fans in Israel are so passionate about their stars.

As always we ran a quick poll of the nearly 5000 fans on the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Facebook page to find out what they were thinking. There's money at stake this time after all. The winner will not only be the RS:X World Champion but also he or she will be US $6,5oo richer too.

The Buzz is building + there's $45k to be won - RS:X World Windsurfing Championships

With just a week before the first race in the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz, Spain, the buzz is building. 3 or 4 practice races are going off every day with more than 100 boards in each start.
There is no time to waste. Training, tuning, getting your head in the right place. Nothing is left to chance in this last big chance to win and win big before the London Olympic Regatta
Gaining the psychological advantage here will pay dividends later... And will pay in cold hard cash too

Wall to Wall Talent at the RS:X Windsurfing Worlds

JP Tobin has been picked for the New Zealand team over his arch rival Tom Ashley, the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist. He reckons he's about 90% right at the moment but better watch out because Tom is looking for blood in his own quiet way. No doubt smarting over being overlooked for London he has a case to prove and won't quit until he does... read more about the top contenders and the battles that are expected.

J P Tobin , Tom Ashley and the YNZ decision dominate sports news

The YNZ decision to select J P Tobin over Tom Ashley for the 2012 Olympics has been dominating sports news today. Secrecy over the selection criteria has led to some criticism of YNZ, but it seems both JP and Tom are aware of the process and neither are commenting. JP is obviously pleased with the outcome which vindicates his results for the past 12 months where he has consistently outperformed Tom, who has accepted the decision and now considering his future options.

JP Tobin selected ahead of Tom Ashley for Olympic RS:X Windsurfing berth

Jon Paul Tobin has ousted reigning Olympic champion Tom Ashley from New Zealand's sailing squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Tobin has just been annouced as one of the first 12 sailors for the 2012 Olympic Games team in Auckland.

JP Tobin thinks he's got the edge on Tom Ashley for Olympic windsurfing slot

NZ Herald Jon Paul Tobin thinks he's done enough Beijing gold medallist Tom Ashley in the race for the sole New Zealand spot in the RS:X class at next year's Olympics. Tobin has edged the defending Olympic champion in three head-to-head meetings this year, the most significant of which was at the weekend, when he finished fifth to Ashley's sixth at the world sailing championships in Perth. This should place Tobin in the box seat for Olympic nomination, but there is the possibility the selectors may force the pair to continue their battle next year. Despite his creditable fifth-place finish, Tobin believes he could have done better were it not for a late setback. Tobin was fortunate to even make the startline in Perth after standing on a poisonous cobbler fish the day before racing was due to begin. "The spine is actually still in my foot because if they had to operate and take it out, it would have meant stitches and basically a plane flight home, so I just went on antibiotics and tried to manage the pain the best I could," he said.

RS:X Windsurfing - Dorian takes 2011 world title, JP puts Tom on notice

Dorian is the 2011 RS:X World Windsurfing Champion, Piotr is second and Nimrod Mashiah ISR take the bronze.
JP Tobin NZL had gone into the medal race trailing Tom Ashley his compatriot and was determined to make it an three. He has beaten Tom in a straight fight twice already this year. Their duel will go on but JP is out to load the deck in his favor by the biggest margin possible.
Tom won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. To displace an established medal winner in the national selection for 2012 will be tough which is why JP has to do more than ever to establish that he is the 'man to pick.

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