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Day2 Volvo Youth Worlds - light winds make going difficult for kiwis

Over on the windsurfing course New Zealanders Ben Mackay and Lucy
Driver were both challenged by the light shifty winds of Brazil.
Mackay was 15th then 12th in today’s races and is in 11th place
overall. Driver in the Girl’s fleet was 10th and then 9th and sits in
10th overall.
12th Ben Mackay – RS:X (Boy’s Windsurfer – 24 boards)
10th Lucy Driver – RS:X (Girl’s Windsurfer – 15 boards)

Volvo Youth Worlds - day 1

RSX Boys - Ben Mackay currently 8th with two top 10 finishes, and Lucy Driver is 9th in the girls also with two top 10s.

YNZ National Youth Squad - Update

The first of three National Youth Squad Clinics was conducted recently at the Takapuna Boating Club. Attendees travelled from Northland, Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay to receive top level coaching from Yachting New Zealand Youth Coaches.

Coaches included Olympians Bruce Kendall, Dan Slater and Jamie Hunt as well as top performers in a number of other Olympic and Youth Classes.

Gladwell's Line: Ashley on that Gold Medal Race - images and interview

The feature in this edition is a photo-essay-interview with Tom Ashley on after he won the Gold medal in the Mens RS:X event in Qingdao last August. With the passing of time, many lapse into the view that the Gold medla was as good as being in the bag before the start of the Medal Race, however in this interview, along with our on the water perspective it was far from a done deal. Read interview

Youthsail RS:X class winners could win travel assistance to Sail Melbourne

Travel assistance to compete in Sail Melbourne in 2009 is available to be won by each of six class winners st the 2009 Youthsail Regatta to be staged at Naval Point YC in Christchurch.

The move is designed to strengthen international competition, for young sailors and offers them a great opportunity to take part in the Sail Melbourne Regatta which is the first round of the six event ISAF World Cup, second leg is the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and the remaining four events are held in Europe.

J P Tobin shows that Tom Ashley is not in a class of his own, winning RS:X Champs

JP Tobin has won the New Zealand RS:X Boardsailing National Championship held at manly, north of Auckland, beating 2008 World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist, Tom Ashley. The regatta was held as part of the NZ Boardsailing Championships covering four classes and over 50 competitors from six countries.

Sail Melbourne: Antonio Cozzolino placed second in RS:X with 7 kiwis on podium

The prestigious Sail Melbourne regatta, part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, has concluded with New Zealanders claiming podium finishes in nearly every class entered, as well as a number of top ten successes.

Tom Ashley Olympic Gold Medallist named Singapore Airlines New Zealand Sailor of the Year

Tom Ashley, a young man described as having one of the brightest minds in the sport, has been granted the title of Singapore Airlines New Zealand Sailor of the Year. The reigning World Champion board-sailor cemented his place in yachting history when he won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics this year, sailing a near perfect regatta and final medal winning race. The 24-year-old from Auckland’s North Shore is fluent in four languages and has been sailing since the age of eight. He has won six of the ten regattas entered since 2006 and his gold medal at Qingdao was the first for New Zealand sailing since 1992. Tom’s considerable success at grand prix level was also enough to earn him finalist status in the highly prestigious Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, announced on 12 November in Madrid, Spain.

RS:X or Formula? ISAF Windsurfing Committee decides

The ISAF Windsurfing Committee decided this morning by a vote of 7 votes to 2 to support the selection of the RS:X as the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Regatta
Although this is a positive step forward, the final decision will be made by the ISAF Council at the end of this week. The vote against Formula is exactly the same as the vote made by the windsurfing committee at the 2000 ISAF Conference in Edinburgh. The windsurfing committee also decided that prize money in cash or in kind is permitted but may not be a requirement as per the ISAF contract in its Olympic contract.

Olympics 2012: RS:X or Formula?

At this weeks ISAF meeting amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. While a lighter planing board would be welcomed by many athletes, it seems there are a lot of factors to consider.

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