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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.

Natalia Kosinska could make some real waves this week in Perth.

NZHerald 4/12/2011: The Pole-turned-Kiwi is our leading hope in the women's boardsailing, a discipline where New Zealand has a solid pedigree. The 1999 world youth champion, she went on to enjoy some senior success before packing her board away in 2005. She finished 38th at the 2010 world championships, 21st at a world cup regatta in April, 16th at Sail for Gold at Weymouth in June and 10th at the Olympic test event at the same venue a month later. Her well planned schedule was hampered by a nasty training accident earlier this year, when she broke her leg sailing off Takapuna.

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.

J P Tobin wins RS:X windsurfing at Sail Melbourne

J P took out a tightly contested competition from his training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge to reinforce his campaign for the 2012 Olympic berth.

Youth Techo / RS:X Icebreaker

Sat 10 Sep 2011
Lake Pupuke, Auckland

Beginner Techno's at Lake Pupuke along with a bunch of other keen sailors. Also involved in Murrays Bay Sailing Club.
Murrays Bay will run some Techno Starts. Could also include RSX's too. Probably will be windward leward races.

Brian Haybittle
09 449 1527

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RS:X windsurfers hit by lightning

This is not to scare you. It's just to make you aware of what to do if you find yourself in an electrical storm with lightning strikes all around you. The answer is simple, if you are on flat water, drop the mast into the water and sit it out. The risk is minimal. in fact, if you were on land enjoying a good steak, the risk could probably be greater.
Ricardo (Bimba) Santos (BRA) takes up the story...

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