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ISAF World Cup, Spain: Light and shifty on day two and Ashley comes back

Racing continued for the kiwi Olympic class sailors in Spain overnight sailing day two of the ISAF World Cup Regatta with very different conditions to those experienced on day one. “As promised, a better day today!” says Tom Ashley. “Much more reasonable conditions, but more importantly I didn't sail like a ‘muppet’ so results were much more respectable”

ISAF World Cup, Spain - Tom Ashley had "a very bad day"

Tom Ashley lies 22nd in the Men’s RS:X and was candid in describing how day one was for him: - “Had a very bad day! Conditions were pretty extreme - 25-35 knots blowing from the North. I placed 34 and 12. “In the first race I had my equipment set up horribly and just struggled to get going. Then I had a swim on the first downwind and took ages to get up and sailing again. On the second lap I managed to get moving a bit but the damage was done. The second race was better- at least I was in the race although still not in front.

New Zealand contingent in Mallorca, Spain for ISAF Sailing World Cup

A strong contingent of New Zealand’s Olympic class sailors are in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the third of seven regattas which make up the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup. Tom Ashley is the only board sailor representing New Zealand.

North Island RS:X and Techno champs 2011, Tauranga 12-13 March - Race Report

Light afternoon sea breezes and strange tsunami tidal effects made for two days of challenging racing at the windsurfing regatta at the weekend.

“We almost didn’t have an event with the civil defence warnings to stay away from the water for most of Saturday’ said event organiser Stuart Pedersen. ‘Our scheduled start time was 1pm and we talked to the local Coastguard twice in the morning before deciding to go ahead. Tsunami effects in the harbour were expected to be insignificant – we were certainly safe but the effects were quite noticeable. Twice we saw the tide reverse in quite a dramatic and unpredictable way, which made it very tricky to sail in – especially with light winds meaning board speeds were not high.”

RS:One - a video interview with Neil Pryde

Don't worry about the commercial hype, listen to what Neil has to say about the target market for RS:One, the gap between the kids on Techno293 and the RS:X, the yacht clubs, the social racing and the girls/women. This aligns with the goals that Windsurfing NZ has been pushing. Click the title to haer (and see) Neil.

Olympic target for J P Tobin

2 times #1 in the world, but yet to sail in the Olympics, the goal is obvious for JP. To get there he has to first qualify as the sole NZ representative, and to do that he has to beat Tom Ashley, the current Olympic champion. He has taken the first step already by taking the National title from Ashley, but that won't count when it comes to the crunch. He's training alongside top Dutch sailor Dorian van Rijsselberge who is coached by kiwi 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Aaron McIntosh (TV3 video).

RS:X weekly roundup of news

Spring is in the air as all thoughts turn to St. Petersburg, Russia and the ISAF Mid Year Meeting. Submissions have to be in by 1200hrs UTC on March 10th then the lobbying will begin...

In the meantime, Here are main stories posted on over the last 14 days.

YNZ announces team for 2011 Olympic Test Event - no RS:X sailors selected yet

Yachting New Zealand’s appointed selectors have met to decide the New Zealand Team of sailors to compete at the Olympic Test Event Regatta in Weymouth from 1st – 14th August 2011. Representatives have been announced in seven of the ten Olympic classes with announcements in the remaining three classes to be made following June’s Sail for Gold Regatta, also on in Weymouth.

Second wind for board sport

Windsurfing lost out to cheaper extreme sports but is again attracting the attention of the young - and not so young. By Dennis Cole
FIND A breath of wind and you'll also find collections of little sails racing round the harbour, and closer to shore than the Lasers and Pclasses you will find windsurfers.
The sport has died down since its hey day in the 1980s — a combination of expensive, inaccessible equipment and a rise in other extreme sports such as snowboarding and skateboarding took the wind out of the sport's sails. But recently windsurfing has been changing its look: rather than racing from buoy to buoy youngsters are being drawn to free style windsurfing—flipping and spinning in the air to land tricks you'd more likely see on a snow or skateboard.

What does 'or' mean? Lets have both board sports at the Olympics!

'Kite Cross is only one of the possible kiteboarding formats for the Olympic Games, but surely a spectacular crowd pleaser !' Rick Schwendtner
The deadline for the submissions to be made for the 10 Olympic Sailing Events is approaching fast - it will be March 10, 2011. One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.

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