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JP Tobin 5th and Tom Ashley 6th in Perth RS:X Worlds 2011

... which makes the race for the Olympic berth very interesting ...

Worlds Mens RS:X day 2 - Tom Ashley improves, JP Tobin slips

After 2 days Tom Ashley has improved to 4th (2 7 3 2) while JP Tobin has slipped to 12th ( 6 4 6 10). Results overall show a degree of consistency, although a couple of big names have had a least 1 poor race to drop them down the ladder, which may change dramatically when discards arrive. the separation between Tom and JP is not as dramatic as the Israelis, with MASHICH in first place and ZUBARI in 19th.

RS:X Worlds - Ashley and Tobin close and in top 10 after day 1

Momentum builds for second wave of competitors. The second wave of NZ sailors started their World Championship crusade today in stormy conditions off Fremantle, Western Australia. The Men’s RS:X, 49er, Laser and Women’s 470 had their first races of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships today. As expected, Tom Ashley and JP Tobin were racing in close quarters on the Men’s RS:X course, the pair of them have only one point differing their overall standings of 6th (Tom) and 8th (JP).

Worlds RS:X racing to be broken down into 3 fleets instead of 2

The Race Committee here at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth Western Australia have made the decision to divide the RS:X men into 3 groups of about 30 racers in each. This unprecedented decision has been made despite class representations to ISAF asking that the fleet be divided in two as usual. The given reason is that the diameter of the centre course is a mere .90kms. It seems that the idea of rotating fleets into the centre course to give spectators a variety of sailing classes to watch has not been fully considered neither has the possibility of falling behind the schedule. When and not if this happens, 9 starts will be required on a windward leeward course in a maximum of 6 hours.

Olympic Class Windsurfers ready for World Championships

New Zealand’s top tier Olympic class sailors are in the final stages of preparation for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and all sights are set on the podium. This regatta, opening on December 3rd, is set to be the most prestigious regatta before the 2012 Olympic Games, and is the principal qualification regatta for the Olympics.Mens RS:X (4 sailors) Tom Ashley, JP Tobin, Antonio Cozzolino, Carl Evans. Womens RS:X (3 sailors) Natalia Kosinka, Steff Williams, Justina Sellers

Only Tom Ashley or Jon-Paul Tobin can go to Olympics 2012 - who will it be?

Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin are contenders for an Olympic gold medal but under the qualification rules only one athlete per country can contest the class. Ashley is the defending Olympic champion but Tobin is the form athlete this year; he is also fuelled with ambition, having been in and out of Ashley's shadow during the last two Games cycles.

J P Tobin wins RS:X windsurfing at Sail Melbourne

J P took out a tightly contested competition from his training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge to reinforce his campaign for the 2012 Olympic berth.

Jon-Paul Tobin tops medal race for fourth place finish in RS:X windsurfing at Weymouth

New Zealand windsurfer Jon-Paul Tobin (left) has finished just outside the medals at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta at the Olympic venue where the first two of the medal races were sailed last night. Natalia Kosinska will be pleased with her tenth place finish at this event, she was ninth in the Women’s RS:X medal race overnight. “Super close finish for a podium spot,” Tobin says. “I landed in fourth just one point off ‘Pont’ (Poland) who claimed the bronze.”

Stolen RS:X equipment found by Weymouth beach

DUTCH Olympic windsurfer Dorian Van Rijssel-berge is celebrating a stroke of good fortune after his stolen raceboard was found just in time for the 2012 test event. Dorian, 22, who is Holland’s top RS:X windsurfer, was amazed when just days after appealing for help to find the stolen kit in the Dorset Echo, his team’s chef uncovered it in bushes by a Weymouth beach.

Weymouth - RS:X windsurfing medal races tonight

Tonight in Weymouth Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Konsinska will line up for the windsurfing Medal Races, while the 49er, Finn and Star fleets will be back out for more qualifying races. Medal races count double points and only involve the top 10 positions from the earlier rounds.
6th - Jon-Paul Tobin: RS:X Men (6, 6, 9, 16, 5, 11, 2, 4, 21, 1)
10th - Natalia Kosinska: RS:X Women (12, 10, 4, 7, 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 8)

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