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Windsurfers and coach announced as Life Members of Yachting New Zealand

At their AGM today YNZ President Jan Dawson announced that all Olympic Medallists are to be made Life Members of YNZ. Barbara Kendall was made a Life Member in 2011, so the new windsurfing Life Members are Aaron McIntosh, Bruce Kendall and Tom Ashley. Also included is Grant Beck, NZ's most successful Olympic sailing coach (windsurfing), so a big boost for windsurfing and well deserved recognition. Congratulations from Windsurfing NZ!

Olympic windsurfing gold medallist Tom Ashley recovering after hip operation.

The Olympic championwould like be training on the English south coast in preparation for the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, a series of races which serve as a pre-Olympic test event, starting on July 31.
Thanks to a touch of groin pain he first noticed four weeks ago on a training ride with his surgeon, and good friend, Mat Brick, he's not. Brick examined it, and Ashley was under the knife a week later. Ashley's femur was slightly the wrong shape and, because of that, was gradually beginning to wear away cartilage in his hip socket.
While Ashley is recovering, Jon-Paul Tobin, his sole rival for the slot available to New Zealand in the RS:X boardsailing regatta at the 2012 London Olympics, will be going hard off the Dorset coast.

More from J P Tobin on his battle with Tom Ashley to represent NZ in RS:X windsurfing in the 2012 Olympics

It is simply a fact of New Zealand sailing life that the board sailing class has been populated by a string of high calibre athletes, going back to Bruce Kendall, gold medallist in Seoul 23 years ago through Tobin's coach Aaron McIntosh, and now Ashley and Aucklander Tobin - not to forget Barbara Kendall and her gold/silver/bronze trifecta from 1992.

Bibs presented to Pre-Olympic competitors and Tom Ashley talks about his competition with J P Tobin to represent NZ in Olympic RS:X windsurfing.

Competition bibs were presented, this morning, to the NZL Sailing team who will be sailing in the 2011 Pre-Olympics at Weymouth, England in early August. Yachting New Zealand has named crews for nine of the ten events, including J P Tobin in the RS:X. In an interview with Newstalk ZB's, Peter Montgomery, Tom Ashley talks of the reasons for his performance in Weymouth, and where to from here.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin claims silver in medal race

RS:X Men: Jon-Paul Tobin had to settle for silver after an exciting on-water two-way battle went the way of the local sailor Nick Dempsey who claimed the gold.

“Coming into the medal race with a one point advantage over Nick Dempsey the Gold simply came down to who beat who,” explains Tobin. “From the gun it was on...just four seconds between us at the finish in favour of Nick giving him the overall by one point.”

Despite missing the gold this is Tobin’s best ever result on the RS:X at an ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.

Tom Ashley finished the regatta in 9th place.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin leading going into gold medal race

Jon-Paul Tobin still leads and has shaken off his on-shore friend Dorian van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands with nine points over him in the standings. However he now faces the attack of local rider Nick Dempsey who has pulled himself up to 2nd place with one point separating the two at the top.

“Pretty tricky, sailed some nice lines to punch in two solid results, Nick Dempsey sailed really well,” tells Tobin. “I maintain a one point lead going into the medal race tomorrow...POW!”

Tobin’s results from day five were a 2nd and a 4th.

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day #4: J P Tobin hits the front in RS:X windsurfing

At the end of day four Jon-Paul Tobin, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie and Andrew Murdoch are all hunting a medal. while others on the team will use the penultimate day to try and secure a spot in the medal race. “Superb conditions, superb racing, race two of the day was a pearler,” reports Jon-Paul Tobin who has opened up a three point lead in the Men’s RS:X event over Dorian VAN Rijsselberge (NED) and Nick Dempsey (GBR) sharing second place. Tom Ashley is back to 9th and Steffanie Williams has climbed to 11th in the Women’s RS:X

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day #3 : JP first equal at the half way point in RS:X windsurfing, Ashley slips to 11th

RS:X Men: GBR’s Nick Dempsey has challenged Jon-Paul Tobin of the NZL Sailing Team for the lead in the Men’s RS:X event and both now share equal points at the top of the board. Dempsey claimed double guns on day three while Tobin sailed solidly with a 5th and a 2nd in the two races sailed.

Olympic champ Tom Ashley slips to 11th place with a 6th and 7th in overnight racing. “Racing has been a bit frustrating for me so far- my first day was great, but I have struggled a bit over the last two days,” reports Ashley.

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#2 - J P Tobin fires 2 from 2 in RS:X windsurfing

Of the kiwis the star of the day was Jon-Paul Tobin who came away with two bullets in racing overnight to move to the top of the RS:X Men’s leader board. On 10 points, Tobin is three clear of Taehoon Lee (KOR) in second place with Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) also scoring two race wins overnight, in third position. Tom Ashley placed 8th and 8th in last night’s two races to lie 6th overall. Natalia Kosinska remains the best of the kiwis in the Women’s RS:X lying 16th.

Four races have now been sailed with a total of eleven possible.

RS:X Men (86 entries)
1st JP Tobin

2011 Skandia Sail for Gold day#1 - Ashley, Tobin and Kosinska get off to good starts in RS:X

RS:X Men: The usual suspects head the Men’s RS:X fleet including the NZL Sailing Team’s two representatives Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin both in the top five after day one. The Olympic champ was 3rd and 2nd overnight to hold 4th place, Tobin placed 6th and 2nd and just behind in 5th overall.

Piotr Myszka of Poland took two guns for a perfect scorecard and the lead at this early stage.

RS:X Women: Natalia Kosinska has made the strongest start of the four kiwi entries in the Women’s RS:X - finishing 6th and 7th in the two races sailed, Kosinska is in 12th position.

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