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French Olympic Sailing Week - Gold, but not in the windsurfing.

Tom Ashley finished the medal race in second place, but needed to find four points on his top rivals to strike gold, and one point to earn bronze, even after seven podium finishes out of a possible eleven races. Jon-Paul Tobin was sixth in the medal race, finishing on 85 points, after securing eight top-ten race finishes in a very difficult regatta.

Olympic target for J P Tobin

2 times #1 in the world, but yet to sail in the Olympics, the goal is obvious for JP. To get there he has to first qualify as the sole NZ representative, and to do that he has to beat Tom Ashley, the current Olympic champion. He has taken the first step already by taking the National title from Ashley, but that won't count when it comes to the crunch. He's training alongside top Dutch sailor Dorian van Rijsselberge who is coached by kiwi 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Aaron McIntosh (TV3 video).

2011 RS:X National Champion, Jon-Paul Tobin

Jon-Paul Tobin answers a couple of questions on the weekend’s Nationals regatta and what’s on next for him...

Jon-Paul Tobin collects Bronze in Perth

A team of New Zealand’s Olympic class campaigners have been competing in Fremantle at the Perth International Regatta where the final races were sailed yesterday and the medals presented. The notorious ‘Fremantle Doctor’ was in full force in the lead-up to the regatta, but failed to show when racing got underway and the event was hampered by postponements and shortened schedules.

RS:X World Champs Update – Ashley finishes 6th, Tobin 8th

A World Championship medal in 2010 has eluded both Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin finishing sixth and eighth respectively at the RS:X Men’s World Championships just concluded in Kerteminde, Denmark. While both of the kiwis sailed brilliantly at times over the course of the six day regatta, in the end it was Poland that came to the fore with a gold - silver finish for team mates Poitr Myzska and Przemslaw Miarczynski. Israel’s Nimrod Mashiah took out the bronze medal.

RS:X World Champs Update – Tom Ashley chases a medal in Denmark

Tom Ashley is in the hunt for a World Championship medal with the RS:X Men’s title up for grabs in one final medal race to be sailed in Kerteminde, Denmark tonight. Lying fourth after a hard fought five days of racing so far, Ashley is within reach of the podium. Team-mate Jon-Paul Tobin is also in the starting line-up sitting in seventh place in the top ten sailors who will compete in the quick-fire double points remaining race.

RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships - average results push sailors down the list

At the RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships in Denmark sailors have returned to the water after a mid regatta rest day and sailed two races overnight. Jon-Paul Tobin and Tom Ashley have slipped to fifth and sixth respectively both returning one average race result as the finals rounds got underway.

RS:X Worlds Kerteminde - Ashley and Tobin remain in contention at 3,4

Tom Ashley posted 18th (discard) and 2nd to sit on 15 points at 3rd overall while J P Tobin placed 2nd and 17th (discard) to hold 4th overall after 6 races.

World Champs Update: Four sailors in the top four including Ashley and Tobin in RS:X

Olympic class World Championships racing continued overnight in both Kerteminde, Denmark for the RS:X Men and Women, and at Hayling Island for the Lasers. New Zealand has four sailors currently place within the top four and despite Ashley and Bullot slipping from the top spot in their respective events they are both well in touch with the leaders as are Jon-Paul Tobin and Josh Junior.

RS:X Worlds - Ashley and Tobin dominate with 1, 2 after day 2

In stark contrast to yesterday’s marginal winds, so conditions came alive on the Bay of Kerteminde , Denmark , for day two of the RS:X World Championships with 20 knot winds and brilliant sunshine. While China with 8 sailors dominates the Women’s RS:X, New Zealand holds the top two spots in the Men’s class, with Beijing gold medallist Tom Ashley on 14, just a point ahead of team mate Jon-Paul Tobin, tied for second with Greece’s Byron Kokalanis and Poland’s Przemyslaw Miarczynski.

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