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Barbara Kendall

Olympics - RS:X Tom and Barbara both improve their positions with Tom now placed 1st after 7 races.

Tom Ashley and Barbara Kendall sailing two races each in strong winds and heavy rain with mixed results for NZ sailors, but good results for the RS:X team.

Olympics - RS:X race day 6 - Racing cancelled

The 49er class shared course B with the RS:X fleets today. They sailed first and did 3 races, leaving the RS:X fleets ashore on hold. The boards were called out at 1500hrs, but the breeze didn’t settle and racing was called off. Racing on Sunday is scheduled to start at 12 noon with some breeze predicted so it looks like there may be some real fun!

Olympics - RS:X race day 5 - Only only one race today with Tom and Barbara both in the hunt.

Today all New Zealand’s yachties sailed just one race in Qingdao, China, late in the day after waiting for wind until around 4pm. Our two women impressed - both Barbara Kendall and Jo Aleh returning a 2nd place in their respective races. Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams returned a 4th place in the opening race of the Star class and Tom Ashley made a huge comeback in his race five, after sitting deep in the Men’s RS:X fleet, he climbed through to finish 5th.

Olympics - RS:X No wind day in Qingdao

No sailing took place at the Olympic Sailing venue today - wind was the missing ingredient. A sea fog hung over the race course for the entire day and competitors were kept ashore with the postponement flag flying. Of the kiwi team Dan Slater, Tom Ashley, Barbara Kendall, Jo Aleh and Andrew Murdoch had scheduled racing, today’s cancellations now putting them behind schedule.

Olympics - RS:X Day 3 - Rest day

Tom Ashley is currently the best positioned kiwi sailor. Today is a rest day for Tom and Barbara in the RS:X events which is probably a relief as the winds continue to be light and variable. This tends to act against the kiwis who are more used to heavier conditions.

Olympics - RS:X racing starts today

Today, Monday, racing starts for four more New Zealand sailors with the Men’s and Women’s wind surfing and the Men’s 470 set to get underway. Windsurfers Barbara Kendall and Tom Ashley will be on the water for day one of competition in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X events – both fleets are scheduled to sail two races each starting at 1 o’clock on course A off the main break wall at Qingdao. The windsurfers, like the majority of other classes, will sail a ten race series to decide the top ten who progress to the final deciding medal race. The windsurfing medal races will be sailed ten days from now on Wednesday 20th August, with four rest or reserve days built into the programme.

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Barbara Kendall
Tom Ashley

3rd - Tom Ashley, Men’s RS:X (after 10 races)
6th - Barbara Kendall, Women’s RS:X (after 10 races)

Windsurfers win Grade One Medals

The ISAF Grade 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly known as Spa Regatta) concluded in the Netherlands after five days of racing. New Zealand’s top performances were in the windsurfing with Barbara Kendall finishing with silver and Tom Ashley with bronze.

“The Holland Regatta finished today with a very windy and cold medal race,” reports Tom Ashley. “I ended up 5th in the medal race, with frozen hands and feet, and 3rd overall in the competition.”

Tom and Barbara both in second place in Medemblik

Racing got underway overnight in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. Tom Ashley in the Mens RS:X lies in second place overall and Barbara Kendall is also second overall in the reduced Womens fleet.

RS:X Europeans 2008 - results after 5 races, 1 discard

Barbara Kendall is the best of the kiwis in 8th, with Kate Ellingham in 18th and Steffanie Williams at 42nd. There are no kiwi men competing.

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