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Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland concludes, 2nd/2nd in RS:X windsurfing

Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland concluded today with the international sailors coming home with gold in the hotly contested Women’s Laser Radial, Tornado, Women’s and Men’s RS:X classes.

RSX Class Weekly News - Olympic Windsurfing Newsletter -Feb 16th- Europeans 2008, Olympic Games NOR

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Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland RS:X day 2 - 3rd/3rd sums up kiwis so far

In the women’s RS:X class Marina Alabau of Spain continues to lead with Romy Kinzl of Germany moving up into 2nd place. Local girl and recent silver medalist at the World Championships Barbara Kendall is lying 3rd at the end of day two just one point behind Kinzl. Over in the Men’s RS:X points are tight amongst the top three with Greek windsurfer Nikos Kaklamanakis and Joao Rodrigues of Portugal on equal points at the top of the table. Overnight leader Jon-Paul Tobin is just one point adrift of the leaders lying 3rd.

Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Day 1 - RS:X Windsurfer sailor JP Tobin rewarded for consistency.

A mix of top international names and local talent came out on top of the six Olympic classes which began racing in the on Auckland Harbour today.

Countdown to Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008

Sailors and organisers are counting down to Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008 with racing set to start this weekend on Saturday 16th February off Kohimarama Yacht Club. The ISAF grade one event which runs over four days will this year boast world class fleets in the Tornado and women’s Laser Radial with many internationals currently in New Zealand preparing for their respective World Championships. RS:X windsurfers, Lasers, 470s, 420s and 2.4 metres will also compete in Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland.

YNZ News extracts - Ashley speaks to Laser sailors, Cozzolino takes Formula title

Yachting New Zealand’s Olympic Squad members Jo Aleh and Tom Ashley took time out from their busy schedules to give attendees of the New Zealand Laser Association’s Annual Laser Nationals Dinner an insight into their lives on the campaign trial to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

RS:X Windsurfing - Ashley and Sensini take World Titles

Tom Ashley from New Zealand has secured the 2008 RS:X Men’s World Championship in the medal race sailed in blustery conditions off Takapuna beach. Alessandra Sensini has taken out the women’s title with a win in the medal race today. South easterly winds gusting to 25 knots were seen for the first time during this event and the medal races took place close to shore with a crowd of spectators on the beach and nearby ramp.

RS:X Worlds at Takapuna - interim result final (medal) day

In the mens medal race JP Tobin placed 3rd and Tom Ashley 4th, Zubari (Ashleys greatest threat) placed 9th, and 1st and 2nd were well back coming in, so this should be Toms event. The womens medal race has just started (12:50), this is the decider between Kendall and Sensini. At mark 1 Sensini leads, Barbara is 1 min behind in 4th. Wind is 15-20 knots. ark 2, Sensini leads, Barbara in 3rd 29s behind.

Late start for gold fleet today… Medal Race tomorrow

The top sailors at the RS:X World Championships in Takapuna sailed just one race today following which the overall standings determine the top ten to sail tomorrow’s medal race. Alessandra Sensini ITA closed the gap on overnight leader Barbara Kendall NZL and the old rivals go into the world championships medal race on equal points. Faustine Merret FRA and Marina Alabau ESP are tied up both on 33 points, twelve points adrift of the leaders.

RS:X Windsurfing - Olympic Qualification battle going into race nine

Twelve countries are fighting it out in the women’s silver fleet for one of seven Olympic places to be decided at the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships in Takapuna. Lying third in the silver fleet Napalai Tansai of Thailand is best placed going into day five of the regatta and looks set to earn a place for her country. Mexico, Hungary, Argentina, Russia, Cyprus and USA are in line to earn a place based on current standings though three races remain and points are close.
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