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Sail for Gold - JP Tobin continues to improve in RS:X windsurfing

JP Tobin in the men’s RS:X fleet saw wind speeds of up to 35kn in the afternoon before all other racing was called off. JP thrived in the big breeze, finishing both races in 4th place and improved his overall ranking to 7th. His training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge has improved to second. Natalia Kosinska has slipped back to 17th in the womens RS:X.

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.

Lighter Winds at Hyeres - Natalia Kosinksa in RS:X Windsurfing needs to hold 10th for Medal Round

Day four of the ISAF World Cup Regatta in Hyeres brought light winds and inconsistent results for the first time in this event. It was the first of two days racing in the final series, based on rankings from the first three days of competition.
Natalia Kosinska had sixth and fourteenth place finishes in the Women’s RS:X Gold Fleet so she remains in Tenth spot overall. She will want to stay in this position or better at the end of tomorrow’s racing in order to make the final Medal race on Friday for the top ten competitors only.

NZL Sailing Team lead at Sail Auckland

New Zealand’s selected Olympians for 2012 are all proving their status as top in their fleet of NZ, and two National Champions are about to emerge as favourable conditions continued today.
The Women’s RS:X now sees Kohimarama Yacht Club’s Steffanie Williams in the lead, with Australia’s Jessica Crisp and the NZL Sailing Team’s Natalia Kosinska only a handful of points behind. The highly competitive Men’s RS:X standings have remained the same today, with Switzerland’s Richard Stauffacher maintaining a narrow lead over 2011 Men’s RS:X World Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands. JP Tobin (Men’s RS:X ) is giving time for his foot wound to heal and is not competing.

Natalia Kosinska could make some real waves this week in Perth.

NZHerald 4/12/2011: The Pole-turned-Kiwi is our leading hope in the women's boardsailing, a discipline where New Zealand has a solid pedigree. The 1999 world youth champion, she went on to enjoy some senior success before packing her board away in 2005. She finished 38th at the 2010 world championships, 21st at a world cup regatta in April, 16th at Sail for Gold at Weymouth in June and 10th at the Olympic test event at the same venue a month later. Her well planned schedule was hampered by a nasty training accident earlier this year, when she broke her leg sailing off Takapuna.

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

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.”

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