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Day 3, Sail Auckland - RS:X leaders Ashley and Ellingham continue to dominate

On day three consistency was key in the shifty winds and Tom Ashley blew off the chasing pack
by coming home with two race wins from two races sailed. It was a similar story in the Women’s fleet where Kate Ellingham dominated on day three scoring two wins and consolidating her lead on the fleet going into the final day.

Day 2 RS:X report - Sail Auckland

Tom Ashley continues to reign supreme in the Men’s RS:X fleet, sailing three races today, the Olympic champs leads the fleet but things are tight at the top of the board. Just three points separate first and fourth place after a total of five races. Ellingham won today’s two opening races in the RS:X 8.5 windsurfing, then placed second and has opened up a small lead on rival Natalia Kosinska two points adrift in second place. Justina Sellers is third.

Day 1 RS:X report, Sail Auckland

Sail Auckland 2011 got underway today with nine fleets racing on three courses scattered up the Hauraki Gulf north of Takapuna Beach in a westerly offshore breeze which was light and shifty at times but provided good racing across all classes. In what will no doubt be an interesting battle over the next three days, New Zealand’s best including Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin today started battling it out with internationals Dorian van Rijsselberge from the Netherlands, and Lee Byunggun of Korea.

Sail Auckland starts today - includes Olympic class RS:X

Sail Auckland is an ISAF Grade 1 Olympic Classes Regatta to be held 2 – 6 February 2011. In 2011 for the first time the event will be hosted from the Takapuna Boating Club on the North Shore of Auckland. Competing classes include RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Tornado & 2.4R. The World’s best will be on the Men’s RS:X race track with both NZL Sailing Team representatives – Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin in the fleet plus top international Dorian van Rijsselberge from the Netherlands. Former 470 helm, and one of New Zealand’s youngest Olympians in 2008, Carl Evans is now on the board and will go head to head with Ashley and Tobin at Sail Auckland 2011. Kate Ellingham and Natalia Kosinska line up in the Women’s fleet.

RS:X News summary for January 2011

We appreciate that you are very busy with a lot to get done so may not have time to check for the latest news every day. To make your life simple, RS:X Class Assoc have put the January News Digest  all together in one email for you. Our aim is to keep you up-to-date with what's going on in our world. The world of RS:X windsurfing. There's a lot happening and  plenty more to come so click away...

Three weeks until 2011 Sail Auckland

The countdown is on to Sail Auckland 2011 with just three weeks until registration day for New Zealand’s premier regatta for Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes.

Mark your diary...

What: Sail Auckland 2011
When: Racing on 3, 4, 5 and 6 February, 2011
Venue: Takapuna Boating Club
Olympic Classes including: RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, 470, Finn and 49er
Paralympic classes including: 2.4 metre, SKUD18 (more info here)
Other classes including: 420 and 29er

Barbara Kendall leaves big shoes to fill - new kiwi Natalia Kosinska aims to do that

NZ Herald: Even in Poland, Barbara Kendall was famous and now a young Polish boardsailor is keen for the name of Kosinska to rate up there with Kendall in New Zealand windsurfing. The Poles have some of the best sailors in the world; their men took gold and silver at the 2010 world championships. One of their former champions, Natalia Kosinska, now calls New Zealand home and aims to represent her adopted country at the London Olympics in 2012.
"Even in Poland Barbara Kendall was a guru when I was young," recalls Kosinska. "I don't know if I can be the next Barbara - but I certainly want to try."

Tom Ashley - Aiming for 2012

NZ Herald: Tom Ashley can't remember the last time he was asked for an autograph. The Beijing Olympic boardsailing gold medallist says that, other than some local Devonport kids, he hasn't been recognised in public since late 2008. The lack of profile is no problem for the 26-year-old; in fact it seems to suit him. "I think it is great, it's an advantage," he says. "It would be quite tiresome being a celebrity."

Sail Auckland needs volunteers

SAIL AUCKLAND 2011 ISAF Grade 1 regatta Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th February 2011 needs volunteers to help make the regatta a success.

Jon-Paul Tobin collects Bronze in Perth

A team of New Zealand’s Olympic class campaigners have been competing in Fremantle at the Perth International Regatta where the final races were sailed yesterday and the medals presented. The notorious ‘Fremantle Doctor’ was in full force in the lead-up to the regatta, but failed to show when racing got underway and the event was hampered by postponements and shortened schedules.

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