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Update from New Zealand youth womens RS:X windsurfer, Georgia Schofield, NZL 166.

ISAF Youth Worlds 2011, Zadar, Croatia. Georgia has competed recently at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul placing 10th. She is now aiming to get to next years ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia to top it. Prepping for this with training in NZ and Overseas, attending Sail Melbourne, Sail Auckland and other top regattas to improve her sailing.

Jon-Paul Tobin tops medal race for fourth place finish in RS:X windsurfing at Weymouth

New Zealand windsurfer Jon-Paul Tobin (left) has finished just outside the medals at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta at the Olympic venue where the first two of the medal races were sailed last night. Natalia Kosinska will be pleased with her tenth place finish at this event, she was ninth in the Women’s RS:X medal race overnight. “Super close finish for a podium spot,” Tobin says. “I landed in fourth just one point off ‘Pont’ (Poland) who claimed the bronze.”

Stolen RS:X equipment found by Weymouth beach

DUTCH Olympic windsurfer Dorian Van Rijssel-berge is celebrating a stroke of good fortune after his stolen raceboard was found just in time for the 2012 test event. Dorian, 22, who is Holland’s top RS:X windsurfer, was amazed when just days after appealing for help to find the stolen kit in the Dorset Echo, his team’s chef uncovered it in bushes by a Weymouth beach.

Weymouth - RS:X windsurfing medal races tonight

Tonight in Weymouth Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Konsinska will line up for the windsurfing Medal Races, while the 49er, Finn and Star fleets will be back out for more qualifying races. Medal races count double points and only involve the top 10 positions from the earlier rounds.
6th - Jon-Paul Tobin: RS:X Men (6, 6, 9, 16, 5, 11, 2, 4, 21, 1)
10th - Natalia Kosinska: RS:X Women (12, 10, 4, 7, 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 8)

Weymouth day 6 - Both Kiwis qualify for medal race in RS:X windsurfing with mixed results.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Jon-Paul Tobin who has affirmed his position in the Men’s RS:X Medal Race set to take place on Thursday in Weymouth, after another rest day. Opening the day with a 21st place Tobin bounced back to take a win in the final qualifying race of the series.
Natalia Kosinska has earned a place in the Women’s RS:X Medal Race, but only just, qualifying as the 10th placed sailor in the fleet of 28. To improve and achieve an 8th place finish is well within her reach given the narrow two point gap and this will ensure a hard fought battle in Thursday’s Medal Race between her, the Canadian and the Australian all close on points.

Day 5 at Weymouth - JP Tobin kicks in, Natalia holds top 10

Jon-Paul Tobin had his best day of the regatta yet, back on the water after a rest day to finish 2nd and 4th in the two races sailed. “Superb conditions for racing today,” he declared at the end of the day, pleased with how it went.
The good results provide him big gains in the overall standings climbing from 8th to 5th as the series moves into the business end. Points are tight around Tobin who has 43; Prezemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland is just in front with 40, while French sailor Julian Bontemps is two points behind on 45.

Weymouth day 4 - RS:X windsurfers have a rest day but rest of NZL team mostly improve.

Windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska will be back on the water tonight after a rest day.
8th - Jon-Paul Tobin: RS:X Men (6, 6, 9, 16, 5, 11)
8th - Natalia Kosinska: RS:X Women (12, 10, 4, 7, 7, 11)

Day 2 for Kiwis in Weymouth at Olympic Test Event

JP Tobin slips off the pace a little, back to 8th, but Natalia has moved up to 7th! Natalia Kosinska tackled the tricky shifts in fine form returning two solid races – a 5th and a 7th – to improve her overall position in the Women’s RS:X fleet up to 7th overall, climbing four places overnight. Jon-Paul Tobin is 8th place in the Men’s RS:X after a 9th and a 16th in racing last night.

The 2016 Olympic board? If Neil Pryde have a say in it.

The RS:X Evolution program will feature a lighter board which will perform as fast as the Formula or large Slalom boards and will remain the cheapest sailing boat with the most consistent performance within the Olympic sailing scene. Also a new updated more powerful rig, with a bigger wind range and featuring an extremely colorful fresh new look.

Kiwis kick off in Weymouth at Olympic Test Event

Racing started over night for kiwi windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta – the official London Test Event for sailing competition one year out from the 2012 London Olympic Games. On the opening day Tobin placed 6th in both of the two men’s RS:X races sailed which puts him in 6th place overall at this early stage. GBR’s Nick Dempsey and Tobin’s Dutch training partner Dorian van Rijsselberge are all tied up at the top of the table having each scored a win and a 2nd. Kosinska opened with a 12th and a 10th in the two races sailed in the 28-strong RS:X Women’s fleet which puts her in 11th position on the leader board. Spain’s Marina Alabau dominated on day one with two races wins and consequenlty the early lead.

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