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Barbara Kendall and Tom Ashley amoung favourites for ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais

Portugal. ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007 to start in Cascais
Tuesday, 26 June 2007

The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships start in Cascais, Portugal on 28 June, with well over 1,600 sailors lining up to dispute 11 World Championship titles and Olympic qualification. The two windsurfing fleets are set to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the windy Cascais conditions – but just who are the title favourites.

Barbara Kendall 4th, J P Tobin 8th= (and makes YNZ Olympic Squad entry benchmark) in European Championships.

The great news from Cyprus is that another sailor has achieved the YNZ Olympic Squad entry benchmark of a top eight placing, or better, in the European Championships, and Barbara Kendall turned in another excellent performance to be fourth overall, continuing her excellent run in Europe this season.

World Championships Regatta one month away

In just one month the ISAF Sailing World Championships will kick off in Cascais, Portugal. The event will determine 75% of national qualification for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta, now just over 14 months away.

Bruce Kendall's adventures in Europe

Bruce isn't racing windsurfers now, it's the Olympic class Tornado. This report highlights some of the differences and challenges he faces in travelling around Europe.
"A large part of a Yachting Olympic Campaign is the off the water work and challenges. Some Olympic Classes require more logistics and boat work and finances than others."

Tom Ashley has won windsurfing gold in Hyeres

One Gold, one Silver and two Bronze for kiwi Olympic sailors. “We raced the medal race in a perfect 15 knot onshore breeze,” says Ashley. “The pressure was off as I only had to finish the race to win the event, and I ended up 7th in the race to wrap up the championship with a 12 point lead over Shahar Zubari from Israel.”

Hyeres: Tom Ashley has a leading margin, 4 Kiwis in 4th place or better

Four kiwi sailors have qualified in the top ten and will sail the final double-points medal race to decide the podium places at ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta in Hyeres, France .

Hyeres : Ashley in 2nd equal place only 1 point back from 1st

Aleh and Ashley are coping best with the light, fickle conditions which have persisted since the start of the regatta four days ago. However Andrew Murdoch and Dan Slater are also both in the top six places in the Laser and Finn classes.
Just one race was sailed in the men’s windsurfing with winds of 6-8 knots petering out as the afternoon passed. Tom Ashley, from Takapuna Boating Club crossed the line in third and holds second place on equal points with Ho from Hong Kong in third. Chan from Hong Kong has a one point leading margin over Ashley.

Light winds in Hyères benefit light sailors - Tom Ashley currently 2nd equal

Not a breath of wind this morning in Hyères. The Finns and 470’s, sailing further down the bay, were the first to launch, the race committee hoping for some sea breeze to reach their racing area first.
It came at the end of the morning, a light 6 knots increasing slightly to 8 by mid afternoon. Unsettled all day, the wind started to operate a wide rotation from the East to South East and finally to South/South West resulting in races abandoned in the Yngling, 49er, Tornado and Lasers.

”Minimal weight for maximum strength!”

Jon-Paul Tobin

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Video clip from the CDROM 'Windsurfing Safe'

Aaron McIntosh

Interview from the CDROM Windsurf Safe
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