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JP Tobin 5th and Tom Ashley 6th in Perth RS:X Worlds 2011

... which makes the race for the Olympic berth very interesting ...

RS:X Worlds: Off The Pace in The Offshore Breeze

Consistency is king and the Dutch Flyer is proving to be the King of Consistency. Dorian van Rijsselberghe [NED] set a blistering pace in the off shore winds on the Leighton race track to day leaving his rivals distinctly off the pace.

He has extended his lead as we come to the business end of the regatta. Posting a bullet in the first. A 4th in the second. And a 3rd in then 3rd. He was the only one to master the tricky 15 knot plus conditions.

RS:X World Champs Update - Tom and JP joust for dominance

JP Tobin has sneaked ahead of Tom Ashley with a btter day, 3 (24) 2 to Tom's (20) 10 4 - leaving JP at 7th and Tom in 9th. http://www.perth2011.com/competition/PERTH2011/SAM102000/results Kiwi RS:X sailors feature from about 10min in in this video update - worth the watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whil_seMMpg

RS:X Worlds - Ashley and Tobin close and in top 10 after day 1

Momentum builds for second wave of competitors. The second wave of NZ sailors started their World Championship crusade today in stormy conditions off Fremantle, Western Australia. The Men’s RS:X, 49er, Laser and Women’s 470 had their first races of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships today. As expected, Tom Ashley and JP Tobin were racing in close quarters on the Men’s RS:X course, the pair of them have only one point differing their overall standings of 6th (Tom) and 8th (JP).

Worlds RS:X racing to be broken down into 3 fleets instead of 2

The Race Committee here at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth Western Australia have made the decision to divide the RS:X men into 3 groups of about 30 racers in each. This unprecedented decision has been made despite class representations to ISAF asking that the fleet be divided in two as usual. The given reason is that the diameter of the centre course is a mere .90kms. It seems that the idea of rotating fleets into the centre course to give spectators a variety of sailing classes to watch has not been fully considered neither has the possibility of falling behind the schedule. When and not if this happens, 9 starts will be required on a windward leeward course in a maximum of 6 hours.

Men's RS:X sailors raise concerns about showcasing over fair competition at Perth Worlds

Petition against CENTRE Course: RS:X Men, Perth 2011 ISAF World Championships

Attention ISAF; the organising committee of the Perth 2011 World Championship; and all parties concerned:

NZL RS:X Women sailors qualify for Olympic event

NZL sailors qualify for two Olympic events. After more action on the racecourse today, New Zealand is officially qualified for a spot on the start line of the 2012 Olympic Games in two classes; the Laser Radial and Women’s RS:X. Two more days of finals racing remain at the ISAF Sailing World Championships for the first four fleets, and it is looking promising that NZL will qualify the nation in the Men’s 470 and Finn classes too.

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

Only Tom Ashley or Jon-Paul Tobin can go to Olympics 2012 - who will it be?

Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin are contenders for an Olympic gold medal but under the qualification rules only one athlete per country can contest the class. Ashley is the defending Olympic champion but Tobin is the form athlete this year; he is also fuelled with ambition, having been in and out of Ashley's shadow during the last two Games cycles.

Grant Beck-windsurfing coach, is Sailor of the Year: 2011 Yachting Excellence Awards

Grant Beck is the most successful New Zealand Olympic Coach, ever. He has been the coach and mentor behind the outstanding success of New Zealand windsurfing Olympians, and many other sailors on the world stage. Beck's twenty five year Olympic Windsurf Coach record includes seven Olympic medals (three of which are Gold), where he was the mastermind and confidant to Bruce Kendall, Barbara Kendall, Aaron McIntosh and most recently, Tom Ashley.

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