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RSX Class Weekly News - Olympic Windsurfing Newsletter -Feb 16th- Europeans 2008, Olympic Games NOR

RS:X News is a newsletter from rsxclass.com, the Official RS:X Olympic Windsurfing website and your home for the latest Olympic Windsurfing news.

Barbara Kendall, an IOC member on course for Beijing 2008

Barbara Kendall, triple Olympic medallist and IOC member, now has her sights set firmly on Beijing, after showing her medal credentials at the recent Windsurfing World Championships. Kendall finished as runner-up at the RS:X World Championships on her home waters in Takapuna, New Zealand. Her World Championship silver medal, her fourth in the last six years, caps an incredible 12 months, during which Kendall has combined training and competing for her fifth Olympic campaign with her work as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and looking after her two young daughters.

Countdown to Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008

Sailors and organisers are counting down to Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008 with racing set to start this weekend on Saturday 16th February off Kohimarama Yacht Club. The ISAF grade one event which runs over four days will this year boast world class fleets in the Tornado and women’s Laser Radial with many internationals currently in New Zealand preparing for their respective World Championships. RS:X windsurfers, Lasers, 470s, 420s and 2.4 metres will also compete in Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland.

RS:X Worlds - Gusty winds challenge windsurfers on day three

Windsurfers at the 2008 RS:X World Championships waited ashore with another postponement on day three of the regatta until a breeze filled from the south and racing started just before 2 o’clock. The local sailors lead with both Tom Ashley and Barbara Kendall topping the leader board going into the rest day. The men’s fleet were first on the water sailing race five of the eleven race series then making way for the women’s fleet to race. A second race for both men and women followed.

RS:X Olympic Class Windsurfing Worlds - day 3 interim

Variable conditions - variable results. Barbara Kendall records 2 and 2 in Blue Group while Allesandra Sensini takes a 3 in Yellow. Tom Ashley comes in 13 and 4 in the Mens Blue Group - more later

RS:X Olympic Class Windsurfing Worlds - day 2 roundup

Racing at the RS:X World Championships in Takapuna, New Zealand continued today with both the men and women sailing two races each. Conditions were excellent with a NNE breeze increasing through the afternoon and clear and sunny skies. The women’s fleet was first out, racing in the early afternoon in around 10 knots of wind. The men followed starting mid afternoon in a freshening breeze of around 15 knots.

Day two of RS:X World Windsurfing Championships - interim results

Tom Ashley 1,1 today, Barbara Kendall 4,1 - Hot!!! Full report later

Day one of RS:X World Windsurfing Championships

Racing at the RS:X World Championships got underway today at Takapuna Boating Club on Auckland’s North Shore. After a postponement due to light winds, racing started and two races were sailed in both the men’s and women’s fleets in a NNE breeze of around six to eight knots. With just two races to count the points table is tight at the top.

Practice race under sunny skies - RS:X Windsurfing

Weeks and months of organization and preparation for the 2008 RS:X World Championships were tested today as windsurfers took to the water for the first organized race of the regatta – the practice race.

The scheduled one o’clock start for the practice race was delayed slightly as race officials reset the start line after a slight change in wind direction. Generally conditions at Takapuna were excellent with a warm, sunny day and a constant eight knot breeze from the north east.

200 windsurfers from 48 countries

Despite being on the other side of the world for many competitors the 2008 RS:X World Championships at Takapuna Boating Club has attracted maximum entries including the best of the best. This is an Olympic year and consequently this World Championships is a ‘don’t miss’ regatta.

48 countries are represented at the event which starts on Sunday 13th January and runs through until Saturday 19th January.

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