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Australia and most of the Pacific Island nations support the decision for kite-board racing for the Olympics

Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (SW Pacific) representatives will be voting in favour of kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event. Understandably this has created a great deal of consternation and anger in New Zealand, particularly in the windsurfing community.

Windsurfers and coach announced as Life Members of Yachting New Zealand

At their AGM today YNZ President Jan Dawson announced that all Olympic Medallists are to be made Life Members of YNZ. Barbara Kendall was made a Life Member in 2011, so the new windsurfing Life Members are Aaron McIntosh, Bruce Kendall and Tom Ashley. Also included is Grant Beck, NZ's most successful Olympic sailing coach (windsurfing), so a big boost for windsurfing and well deserved recognition. Congratulations from Windsurfing NZ!

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.

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. http://worldwindsurfingchampionships2012.rsxclass.com/leaderboard.jsp?co...

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

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