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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.

RS:X Olympic Class Windsurfing Worlds - day 5 interim results

Silver fleets are racing first. Antonio Cozzolino (NZL131) takes win in mens silver race 9 while Joshua Nixon placed 7th. Cozzolino is now 2nd overall in the Silver Fleet, Nixon is 11th. In the Womens Silver Fleet Steffanie Williams is the best placed kiwi at 12th overall. The Gold fleets have yet to sail owing to light winds (4:45pm)

RS:X Worlds at Takapuna - Kiwis extend on day 4

New Zealand retains the lead for men and women at the RS:X World Championships after day four of racing off Takapuna. Underway at one o’clock in light, shifty conditions it was a very physical racing for the gold fleets that were first on the water. Consistency was elusive for many competitors. The light weight windsurfers with the fitness level required to pump the sail of the RS:X board around the course in the light winds had the edge today with just a touch of luck required also.

RS:X Olympic Class Windsurfing Worlds - Gold and Silver Fleet races begin

Today the racing divides into the Gold and Silver fleets, with the top performers from the Blue and Yellow fleets going into Gold, the remainder into Silver. The start order will be: Men - Gold followed by Women - Gold. The silver fleets will not start before 1400hrs… Men - Silver followed by Women Silver.

RS:X Worlds - Gusty winds challenge windsurfers on day three

Windsurfers at the 2008 RS:X World Championships waited ashore with another postponement on day three of the regatta until a breeze filled from the south and racing started just before 2 o’clock. The local sailors lead with both Tom Ashley and Barbara Kendall topping the leader board going into the rest day. The men’s fleet were first on the water sailing race five of the eleven race series then making way for the women’s fleet to race. A second race for both men and women followed.

RS:X Olympic Class Windsurfing Worlds - day 3 interim

Variable conditions - variable results. Barbara Kendall records 2 and 2 in Blue Group while Allesandra Sensini takes a 3 in Yellow. Tom Ashley comes in 13 and 4 in the Mens Blue Group - more later

Windsurfer Barbara Kendall is one of six inaugural inductees into the ISAF hall of fame.

The announcement today that Barbara Kendall (40) is one of six sailors inducted into the ISAF Hall of Fame is a huge honour for her and New Zealand sailing, and is fitting recognition for a top competitor who is an absolute star of the sport. The fact that she has a very successful sailing career, in a very physical class where her life has spanned that of the archetype footloose and single windsurfer girl, to that of a mother of two children – without missing an Olympics in between, is an outstanding achievement in itself, and a real example to others.

2007 is the Centenary Year of the International Sailing Federation

To mark this historic anniversary, ISAF has launched the ISAF Sailing Hall of Fame to celebrate our heroes across the world, all who have achieved greatness in the sport of sailing.

Two Silver Medals at Youth Worlds - windsurfers contribute to a team 3rd overall

New Zealand has won two silver medals at the ISAF Youth World Championships which have just concluded in Kingston, Canada.

The NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team was third in the Volvo Trophy for overall team performance behind Australia and Denmark. It is the best result for a New Zealand team at this event in five years.

Youth Worlds - RS:X windsurfers maintain positions

New Zealand continues to look strong in the Laser and Boy’s 29er classes at the ISAF Youth World Championships holding second place in both. Just two days of racing remain at the event being sailed in Kingston, Canada.

Three more races have been added to the leader board in the Laser class. NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team sailor Josh Junior, from Wellington was 4th, 7th and 13th and now sits 14 points behind the leader from Cyprus, and six points ahead of the Finnish sailor in third place.

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