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Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland RS:X day 2 - 3rd/3rd sums up kiwis so far

In the women’s RS:X class Marina Alabau of Spain continues to lead with Romy Kinzl of Germany moving up into 2nd place. Local girl and recent silver medalist at the World Championships Barbara Kendall is lying 3rd at the end of day two just one point behind Kinzl. Over in the Men’s RS:X points are tight amongst the top three with Greek windsurfer Nikos Kaklamanakis and Joao Rodrigues of Portugal on equal points at the top of the table. Overnight leader Jon-Paul Tobin is just one point adrift of the leaders lying 3rd.

Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland Day 1 - RS:X Windsurfer sailor JP Tobin rewarded for consistency.

A mix of top international names and local talent came out on top of the six Olympic classes which began racing in the on Auckland Harbour today.

RS:X Worlds at Takapuna - interim result final (medal) day

In the mens medal race JP Tobin placed 3rd and Tom Ashley 4th, Zubari (Ashleys greatest threat) placed 9th, and 1st and 2nd were well back coming in, so this should be Toms event. The womens medal race has just started (12:50), this is the decider between Kendall and Sensini. At mark 1 Sensini leads, Barbara is 1 min behind in 4th. Wind is 15-20 knots. ark 2, Sensini leads, Barbara in 3rd 29s behind.

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 - day 4 interim results (living in interesting times)

Barbara Kendall 16th, 1st in races 7,8 Womens Gold, Tom Ashley 3rd, 13th and JP Tobin 9th,4th in Mens Gold races 7,8. Overall after 8 races. Womens Gold: 1.Kendall (14), 2.Sensini (20), 3.Alabau (26). Mens Gold: 1.Ashley (26), 2.Zubari (34), 3.Miarczy?ski (37) ... 7.Tobin (48)

RS:X windsurfing. J P Tobins report for July 2007

It has been a roller coaster ride over the past few months, initially finishing 8th at the 2007 European Championships in June which satisfied the qualifying standard for entry into the Yachting New Zealand Olympic Squad (OS) this result was followed by a testing performance at the 2007 World Championships.

ISAF Windsurfing: World Championship silver for Kendall

Barbara Kendall has won silver at the RS:X World Championships being sailed as part of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal. New Zealand now has two medals after Andrew Murdoch also won silver in the Lasers.

ISAF Worlds , Cascais - RS:X windsurfing continues, 6 Olympic berths confirmed in yachting.

New Zealand has now qualified for a place in six classes at the Olympic Games to be sailed in Qingdao next August. Overnight, places were confirmed in the Yngling and Finn classes, at the ISAF Sailing World Championships.

ISAF Worlds - Cascais. Windsurfing continues with mixed results for kiwis

Barbara Kendall continues to climb through the RS:X fleet marching her way into 2nd place overnight with a 3rd and a 1st in last nights racing. The kiwi board sailing legend hasn’t looked back since a poor result in race two in shifty conditions – she now has five top three finishes from seven races.

ISAF Worlds, Cascais - RSX windsurfing - too much wind!

Strong winds meant racing was cancelled for all classes.

“It has blown an absolute hooley all day long in Cascais, with fierce winds causing the abandonment of every scheduled race,” reports ISAF.

“The forecast did predict strong winds, but not the 35 knot blasts that swept across Cascais bay, climbing well over 40 knots on the outer race courses. Just after 19:00 the breeze did drop slightly to just under 20 knots and the Stars went out to sail their Medal Race, but the conditions worsened again and the fleet was sent back to shore.”

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