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YNZ Selection Policy for 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds

The 2012 Regulation for Selection to the 2012 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team to attend the ISAF Youth Worlds Sailing Championship has come into effect on November 1st 2011. This regatta is the world’s premier sailing event for youth sailors, and New Zealand sailors may be selected to attend if they meet the requirements of this regulation. Sailors who will be under 19 on 31 December 2012 are invited to review the selection policy and review which NZ events are nomination regattas and included in the selector’s consideration process. Visit the YNZ website to download this document.

Neil Pryde RS:One Racing Class receives ISAF approval

The ISAF council granted the ISAF Class status to the RS:One Class on the 12 November 2011 at the annual ISAF meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In its press release Neil Pryde states: The RS:One is the new, exciting, ISAF one-design Class by NeilPryde. One sail one board - everyone competing on the same equipment. It's the rider that makes the difference.

J P Tobin wins RS:X windsurfing at Sail Melbourne

J P took out a tightly contested competition from his training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge to reinforce his campaign for the 2012 Olympic berth.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin claims silver in medal race

RS:X Men: Jon-Paul Tobin had to settle for silver after an exciting on-water two-way battle went the way of the local sailor Nick Dempsey who claimed the gold.

“Coming into the medal race with a one point advantage over Nick Dempsey the Gold simply came down to who beat who,” explains Tobin. “From the gun it was on...just four seconds between us at the finish in favour of Nick giving him the overall by one point.”

Despite missing the gold this is Tobin’s best ever result on the RS:X at an ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.

Tom Ashley finished the regatta in 9th place.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin leading going into gold medal race

Jon-Paul Tobin still leads and has shaken off his on-shore friend Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands with nine points over him in the standings. However he now faces the attack of local rider Nick Dempsey who has pulled himself up to 2nd place with one point separating the two at the top.

“Pretty tricky, sailed some nice lines to punch in two solid results, Nick Dempsey sailed really well,” tells Tobin. “I maintain a one point lead going into the medal race tomorrow...POW!”

Tobin’s results from day five were a 2nd and a 4th.

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day #4: J P Tobin hits the front in RS:X windsurfing

At the end of day four Jon-Paul Tobin, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie and Andrew Murdoch are all hunting a medal. while others on the team will use the penultimate day to try and secure a spot in the medal race. “Superb conditions, superb racing, race two of the day was a pearler,” reports Jon-Paul Tobin who has opened up a three point lead in the Men’s RS:X event over Dorian VAN Rijsselberge (NED) and Nick Dempsey (GBR) sharing second place. Tom Ashley is back to 9th and Steffanie Williams has climbed to 11th in the Women’s RS:X

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day #3 : JP first equal at the half way point in RS:X windsurfing, Ashley slips to 11th

RS:X Men: GBR’s Nick Dempsey has challenged Jon-Paul Tobin of the NZL Sailing Team for the lead in the Men’s RS:X event and both now share equal points at the top of the board. Dempsey claimed double guns on day three while Tobin sailed solidly with a 5th and a 2nd in the two races sailed.

Olympic champ Tom Ashley slips to 11th place with a 6th and 7th in overnight racing. “Racing has been a bit frustrating for me so far- my first day was great, but I have struggled a bit over the last two days,” reports Ashley.

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#2 - J P Tobin fires 2 from 2 in RS:X windsurfing

Of the kiwis the star of the day was Jon-Paul Tobin who came away with two bullets in racing overnight to move to the top of the RS:X Men’s leader board. On 10 points, Tobin is three clear of Taehoon Lee (KOR) in second place with Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) also scoring two race wins overnight, in third position. Tom Ashley placed 8th and 8th in last night’s two races to lie 6th overall. Natalia Kosinska remains the best of the kiwis in the Women’s RS:X lying 16th.

Four races have now been sailed with a total of eleven possible.

RS:X Men (86 entries)
1st JP Tobin

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#1 - Ashley, Tobin and Kosinska get off to good starts in RS:X

RS:X Men: The usual suspects head the Men’s RS:X fleet including the NZL Sailing Team’s two representatives Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin both in the top five after day one. The Olympic champ was 3rd and 2nd overnight to hold 4th place, Tobin placed 6th and 2nd and just behind in 5th overall.

Piotr Myszka of Poland took two guns for a perfect scorecard and the lead at this early stage.

RS:X Women: Natalia Kosinska has made the strongest start of the four kiwi entries in the Women’s RS:X - finishing 6th and 7th in the two races sailed, Kosinska is in 12th position.

Another 18 months until the Olympic class issue is resolved, kiteboard, windsurfer or both?

For windsurfing and kiteboarding, the battle is not over. Unfortunately, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has postponed the decision on selecting the board sport which will confirm a seat in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil.

It's hard to believe and the consequences will be felt in both sports. The final decision will be made by the ISAF Council in November 2012, after the "evaluation process" is complete. The sailing authorities have delayed a definitive resolution and were able to add more confusion to the whole process.

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