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Barbara Kendall & JP Tobin featuring in European Championships

New Zealand Olympic class sailors seem to have taken a leaf from the Emirates Team New Zealand book with some outstanding performances in the European Championships for five of the Olympic classes.

In the RS:X Mens, Jon Paul Tobin is lying in second place overall after three races have been sailed.

In the RS:X Womens, Barbara Kendall leads the fleet after three races have been sailed.

Kate Ellingham

Kate Ellingham placed sixth overall in RS:X in Holland (Breitling Regatta) 2007. Kate has followed the same path as many of our other successful sailors, coming up through the P-Class and secondary school competitions before moving on to windsurfing.

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World Championships Regatta one month away

In just one month the ISAF Sailing World Championships will kick off in Cascais, Portugal. The event will determine 75% of national qualification for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta, now just over 14 months away.

Kate Ellingham has finished eight overall in the Breitling Regatta

North Shore RS:X sailor, Kate Ellingham has finished eight overall in the Breitling Regatta (formerly the Holland/SPA Regatta) at Medemblik, Holland. Kate reports after the end of the competition:

Kate Ellingham sixth overall in RS:X in Holland

North Shore RS:X sailor, Kate Ellingham has made a very promising start to the Breitling Regatta (formerly the Holland/SPA Regatta) currently underway at Medemblik, Holland.

Tom Ashley has won windsurfing gold in Hyeres

One Gold, one Silver and two Bronze for kiwi Olympic sailors. “We raced the medal race in a perfect 15 knot onshore breeze,” says Ashley. “The pressure was off as I only had to finish the race to win the event, and I ended up 7th in the race to wrap up the championship with a 12 point lead over Shahar Zubari from Israel.”

Hyeres: Tom Ashley has a leading margin, 4 Kiwis in 4th place or better

Four kiwi sailors have qualified in the top ten and will sail the final double-points medal race to decide the podium places at ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta in Hyeres, France .

Hyeres : Ashley in 2nd equal place only 1 point back from 1st

Aleh and Ashley are coping best with the light, fickle conditions which have persisted since the start of the regatta four days ago. However Andrew Murdoch and Dan Slater are also both in the top six places in the Laser and Finn classes.
Just one race was sailed in the men’s windsurfing with winds of 6-8 knots petering out as the afternoon passed. Tom Ashley, from Takapuna Boating Club crossed the line in third and holds second place on equal points with Ho from Hong Kong in third. Chan from Hong Kong has a one point leading margin over Ashley.

Light winds in Hyères benefit light sailors - Tom Ashley currently 2nd equal

Not a breath of wind this morning in Hyères. The Finns and 470’s, sailing further down the bay, were the first to launch, the race committee hoping for some sea breeze to reach their racing area first.
It came at the end of the morning, a light 6 knots increasing slightly to 8 by mid afternoon. Unsettled all day, the wind started to operate a wide rotation from the East to South East and finally to South/South West resulting in races abandoned in the Yngling, 49er, Tornado and Lasers.

”Minimal weight for maximum strength!”

Jon-Paul Tobin

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