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RS:X windsurfing - ISAF Worlds, Cascais - kiwis well positioned to qualify NZ for the Olympics

After 5 races the Kiwis are well positioned to secure places in the Olympic finals, in each case they are held back by a single bad result and all are showing signs of improvement.
Jon-Paul Tobin - currently 7th (6,RAF,4,2,3)
Tom Ashley - currently 14th (7,6,16,8,1)
Barbara Kendall - currently 6th (2,26,9,2,2)

ISAF Worlds at Cascais. Windsurfing second day for RS:X conditions are difficult

Day Five at the ISAF Worlds

Conditions were similar to that in day four at the combined World Championship event with blustery winds gusting over 30 knots on the outer courses while breeze on the inner courses was affected by the Sintra Hill behind the town meaning patchy and shifty winds.

All 200 RS:X board-sailors were held up by a postponement due to lack of breeze on their course. Because of the late start there was only one race sailed in both the Women’s and Men’s divisions; they have now sailed a total of three races.

First day for RS:X at ISAF Sailing Worlds, Cascais, Portugal

The RS:X board sailors went racing overnight for the first time for the World Championships titles for 2007 and national qualification for Qingdao. Racing on the inner course took place in fickle light winds at times in the wind shadow of Sintra Hill.

Barbara Kendall kicked off the regatta with a 2nd place, however was 26th in her second race. At the end of day one for the boards she is in 25th place.

In the men’s fleet Jon-Paul Tobin was 6th and 4th in racing overnight to sit in 9th place on the leader board. Meanwhile Tom Ashley was 7th and 6th in his races and lies 18th overall.

Barbara Kendall 4th, J P Tobin 8th= (and makes YNZ Olympic Squad entry benchmark) in European Championships.

The great news from Cyprus is that another sailor has achieved the YNZ Olympic Squad entry benchmark of a top eight placing, or better, in the European Championships, and Barbara Kendall turned in another excellent performance to be fourth overall, continuing her excellent run in Europe this season.

Kendall and Tobin at RS:X European Champs

Barbara Kendall holds 2nd place and Jon-Paul Tobin holds 4th place at the RS:X board sailing European Championships underway in Cyprus.

Just one race was sailed overnight in blustery conditions with winds averaging around 25 knots.

Kendall placed 8th in the only race of the day and holds onto 2nd overall behind Marina Alabau (ESP) who has the lead. Allessandra Sensini (ITA) is just one point behind Kendall in 3rd place.

Barbara Kendall & JP Tobin featuring in European Championships

New Zealand Olympic class sailors seem to have taken a leaf from the Emirates Team New Zealand book with some outstanding performances in the European Championships for five of the Olympic classes.

In the RS:X Mens, Jon Paul Tobin is lying in second place overall after three races have been sailed.

In the RS:X Womens, Barbara Kendall leads the fleet after three races have been sailed.

World Championships Regatta one month away

In just one month the ISAF Sailing World Championships will kick off in Cascais, Portugal. The event will determine 75% of national qualification for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta, now just over 14 months away.

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