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2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day #4: J P Tobin hits the front in RS:X windsurfing

At the end of day four Jon-Paul Tobin, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie and Andrew Murdoch are all hunting a medal. while others on the team will use the penultimate day to try and secure a spot in the medal race. “Superb conditions, superb racing, race two of the day was a pearler,” reports Jon-Paul Tobin who has opened up a three point lead in the Men’s RS:X event over Dorian VAN Rijsselberge (NED) and Nick Dempsey (GBR) sharing second place. Tom Ashley is back to 9th and Steffanie Williams has climbed to 11th in the Women’s RS:X

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day #3 : JP first equal at the half way point in RS:X windsurfing, Ashley slips to 11th

RS:X Men: GBR’s Nick Dempsey has challenged Jon-Paul Tobin of the NZL Sailing Team for the lead in the Men’s RS:X event and both now share equal points at the top of the board. Dempsey claimed double guns on day three while Tobin sailed solidly with a 5th and a 2nd in the two races sailed.

Olympic champ Tom Ashley slips to 11th place with a 6th and 7th in overnight racing. “Racing has been a bit frustrating for me so far- my first day was great, but I have struggled a bit over the last two days,” reports Ashley.

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#2 - J P Tobin fires 2 from 2 in RS:X windsurfing

Of the kiwis the star of the day was Jon-Paul Tobin who came away with two bullets in racing overnight to move to the top of the RS:X Men’s leader board. On 10 points, Tobin is three clear of Taehoon Lee (KOR) in second place with Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) also scoring two race wins overnight, in third position. Tom Ashley placed 8th and 8th in last night’s two races to lie 6th overall. Natalia Kosinska remains the best of the kiwis in the Women’s RS:X lying 16th.

Four races have now been sailed with a total of eleven possible.

RS:X Men (86 entries)
1st JP Tobin

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#1 - Ashley, Tobin and Kosinska get off to good starts in RS:X

RS:X Men: The usual suspects head the Men’s RS:X fleet including the NZL Sailing Team’s two representatives Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin both in the top five after day one. The Olympic champ was 3rd and 2nd overnight to hold 4th place, Tobin placed 6th and 2nd and just behind in 5th overall.

Piotr Myszka of Poland took two guns for a perfect scorecard and the lead at this early stage.

RS:X Women: Natalia Kosinska has made the strongest start of the four kiwi entries in the Women’s RS:X - finishing 6th and 7th in the two races sailed, Kosinska is in 12th position.

Olympic RS:X preview - ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta Weymouth starts 6th June

Over 1,000 sailors from 62 nations will make their way to Weymouth for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, from the 6-11 June 2011.

Men’s RS:X Standings leaders Ricardo Santos (BRA), in first on 47 points, Shahar Zubari (ISR), on 43 points in second and the third placed Aichen Wang (CHN) with 41 points will line up in the 87 strong fleet.

Delta Lloyd Regatta: J P Tobin sails away from RS:X event

In the Men’s RS:X fleet kiwi, Jon-Paul Tobin and Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) have departed the regatta to prepare for Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth, leaving a hole at the top of the board clearing the way for Taehoon Lee (KOR).
“As hard as it is to not complete the regatta the overall plan coming into this event was to race the first three days prior to clocking out with the primary aim to bring full power to Sail for Gold, Weymouth, United Kingdom in ten days time,” explains Tobin who can be encouraged with his form over the past three days.

Delta Lloyd Regatta day 3: 9,11 and 12 are the top 3 place points in the mens RS:X, J P Tobin holding 2nd.

Netherlands World Cup : Medemblik, Netherlands : Day Three : Race 5 : 2nd : Race 6 : 3rd : Overall : 2nd : Wind up to 30 knots at times, blew up in the 2nd race on the first upwind, had to really move to get back in the action...Dorian (Netherlands) my training partner is currently in 1st with Taehoon Lee (Korea) in 3rd.

Delta Lloyd Regatta - day 2, light shifty winds and J P Tobin holds 2nd in mens RS:X

After a windy opening day, the Delta Lloyd regatta provided sailors with challenging conditions with shifty winds on day two of the fifth ISAF Sailing World Cup event.

In the RS:X, Palma’s winner Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) takes the lead from JP Tobin (NZL) after consistent sailing. “I have not seen conditions so unstable, the wind went right and left and up and down. In the second race I ended up in a hole in the middle and rounded the top mark in 30th position. These conditions also gave me opportunities to catch up and finally finish fifth!” explains the Dutch.

Delta Lloyd Regatta: J P Tobin dominates in RS:X on windy first day

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 - The Delta Lloyd regatta, fifth event on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit is following the trend of the previous European events, with a windy opening day with up to 30knots of breeze :) The strong North-Easterly provided for excellent racing and thrill in all classes.

Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour announced

Alicante, Spain - 19 May 2011 - The Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour was announced by the RS:X Class Association and the Race Organisation, today from Alicante, Spain. The RS:X Youth Stopover Tour will be part of the Volvo Ocean Race Academy, a youth programme which will be in each of the ten host ports of the race. The RS:X Youth Stopover Tour will promote high-level youth windsurfing and also leave a legacy in all the host ports. Auckland is the stopover port in New Zealand.

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