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Day 2: NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team consolidates in Croatia and RS:X sailors improve placings

It’s been a pumping battle for the windsurfers in the light winds at this regatta so far and Georgia Schofield has put in another solid day for New Zealand in the girl’s RS:X fleet. Two races were staged overnight in which she placed eighth and seventh putting her in sixth place overall at the end of day two. Sven Pedersen has moved up to 16 in the male RS:X fleet

Day 1 : 2011 Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships, Zadar, Croatia - light winds limit races, Schofield 5th in RS:X

Just one race was possible in the light breeze the day produced, which faded as time passed. Windsurfer, Schofield placed 5th in her race to lie 5th overall. Sven Pedersen placed 25 out of 34 in the male RS:X.

Windsurfer Sven Pedersen is part of a 12-strong national team aiming to maintain New Zealand's fine record at youth sailing world championships in Croatia

For Pedersen, selection was sweet success after just missing out in 2010, when he led on points after the nationals but was pipped at Sail Auckland.
"I was liking my chances last year but then got beaten in heavy winds. It made me absolutely determined to get there in 2011."
Sweeping every race in the youth male RS:X class at this year's two selection events was the ideal response. "It was amazing, such a good feeling to do so well in the trials," Pedersen said last week.

More from J P Tobin on his battle with Tom Ashley to represent NZ in RS:X windsurfing in the 2012 Olympics

It is simply a fact of New Zealand sailing life that the board sailing class has been populated by a string of high calibre athletes, going back to Bruce Kendall, gold medallist in Seoul 23 years ago through Tobin's coach Aaron McIntosh, and now Ashley and Aucklander Tobin - not to forget Barbara Kendall and her gold/silver/bronze trifecta from 1992.

Bibs presented to Pre-Olympic competitors and Tom Ashley talks about his competition with J P Tobin to represent NZ in Olympic RS:X windsurfing.

Competition bibs were presented, this morning, to the NZL Sailing team who will be sailing in the 2011 Pre-Olympics at Weymouth, England in early August. Yachting New Zealand has named crews for nine of the ten events, including J P Tobin in the RS:X. In an interview with Newstalk ZB's, Peter Montgomery, Tom Ashley talks of the reasons for his performance in Weymouth, and where to from here.

Jon-Paul P Tobin reports on Weymouth, RS:X windsurfing and the way forward

Weymouth is really becoming like a home away from home, as the Olympic sailing venue the plan is to spend more time on site and become increasingly more tuned in to the local nuances…the setup is ideal, conditions are superb and a sharp organizing team are on track to deliver a truly unique Olympic sailing competition.

Windsurfers for Olympic Test Event named

Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce the final selections for the New Zealand Team to compete at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, otherwise known as the Pre-Olympics or Olympic Test Event, on in early August this year. Yachting New Zealand’s selectors have today announced that Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska will represent New Zealand in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X windsurfing events. They join those sailors named in March this year to make up the New Zealand Team to sail at this important event staged just one year from the real deal Olympic Games.

257 km, RS:X windsurfer, 1 day

João Rodrigues has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after sailing more than 160 consecutive miles (257 kilometres) between the Madeira Island and the Selvagem Grande Island, on a RS:X windsurf board.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin claims silver in medal race

RS:X Men: Jon-Paul Tobin had to settle for silver after an exciting on-water two-way battle went the way of the local sailor Nick Dempsey who claimed the gold.

“Coming into the medal race with a one point advantage over Nick Dempsey the Gold simply came down to who beat who,” explains Tobin. “From the gun it was on...just four seconds between us at the finish in favour of Nick giving him the overall by one point.”

Despite missing the gold this is Tobin’s best ever result on the RS:X at an ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.

Tom Ashley finished the regatta in 9th place.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin leading going into gold medal race

Jon-Paul Tobin still leads and has shaken off his on-shore friend Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands with nine points over him in the standings. However he now faces the attack of local rider Nick Dempsey who has pulled himself up to 2nd place with one point separating the two at the top.

“Pretty tricky, sailed some nice lines to punch in two solid results, Nick Dempsey sailed really well,” tells Tobin. “I maintain a one point lead going into the medal race tomorrow...POW!”

Tobin’s results from day five were a 2nd and a 4th.

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