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Tornadoes out of 2012 Olympics with NZ help?

Last Friday the ISAF Council controversially voted against any Multihull Event for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in Britain. The fastest and most spectacular sailing class alongside the RS:X has been voted out, possibly with the help of NZ.

Windsurfing - speedsailing: The 2007 World Champion Titles

Antoine Albeau, Valerie Ghibaudo, Patrik Diethelm and Karin Jaggi are the new Speed Windsurfing World Champions 2007.

Olympics - RS:X. Tom Ashley nominated to NZOC

A stand-out year with multiple regatta wins has earned board sailor Tom Ashley a nomination to NZOC for inclusion in the New Zealand Olympic Team for 2008.

Yachting New Zealand will submit the nomination for Ashley’s inclusion to the New Zealand Olympic Committee this week, bringing the total nominated sailors to five with more likely over coming months. Early nomination is seen as important giving sailors’ maximum time to focus on preparation for competition at the Olympic Games.

Following ratification from NZOC it will be Ashley who represents the country in Qingdao next year.

RS:X windsurfing - Tom Ashley wins gold, Barbara wins medal race to pull back to 6th overall.

Gold and Silver for New Zealand at Pre-Olympics

New Zealand has won two medals at the Pre-Olympics Regatta in Qingdao, China. Tom Ashley won board sailing gold while Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams took the silver medal in the Star.

With two medals in the bag for New Zealand already another looks likely for Jo Aleh, currently lying 2nd, who will sail the Laser Radial medal race later today in China.

RS:X windsurfing - Medals to be decided at Pre-Olympics late today

Racing took place in 5-8 knots of breeze and temperatures in the high twenties in China yesterday at the Qingdao International Regatta. With some medal races set to take place today, and remaining classes for tomorrow, all of the New Zealand team has either confirmed or is likely to confirm a medal race place.

RS:X windsurfing - Quingdao, four Kiwi’s in Top Two

New Zealand is leading the Star and Laser Radial fleets at the Pre-Olympics Regatta in Qingdao, China and holding 2nd in the Laser and Men’s RS:X.

The wind was light, taking a long time to settle at around 5 knots which delayed the start on Monday until after 3pm. Many fleets sailed just one race, while the RS:X board-sailors suffered yet another day of cancelled racing.

RS:X windsurfing - not enough wind, again!

The Qingdao International Regatta suffered a third day of cancelled racing due to a lack of wind on Sunday. Overall standings remain the same as sailors wait for wind to appear and racing to resume at the Olympic sailing venue.

RS:X windsurfing - It is 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the NZ team in China

Qingdao, China produced just enough wind for a second day of racing at the Pre-Olympics regatta. Amongst the seven kiwi representatives the team is currently holding 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placings.

Jo Aleh, Andrew Murdoch, Tom Ashley and Hamish Pepper were the stand-outs on Saturday in the kiwi team, mastering the light conditions.

RS:X windsurfing - Quingdao. Tom Ashley leads after 3 races.

The RS:X sailors had their work cut out for them trying to keep their balance in the swells. The Chinese are in third in both the RS:X Men and RS:X Women?s classes. Yuan Guo Zhou (CHN) opened the regatta with a victory for the Chinese team. Yuan Gou stole the show with a 38-second lead around the first mark in the men?s division and was able to maintain it around the entire trapezoidal course. Yuan Guo finished sixth in the second race. Tom Ashley (NZL) sits atop the leaderboard with a 3,2 for the series so far.

RS:X windsurfing - racing set to start at Pre-Olympics

Racing kicks off today in China at the Qingdao International Regatta known as the Pre-Olympics. The regatta which runs over nine days is an Olympic test event one year out from the 2008 Olympics Games. New Zealand is represented by nine sailors in seven of the Olympic classes. The kiwi team includes…

Barbara Kendall – RS:X Women’s windsurfer
Tom Ashley – RS:X Men’s windsurfer

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