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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.”

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 and Tom Ashley amoung favourites for ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais

Portugal. ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007 to start in Cascais
Tuesday, 26 June 2007

The 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships start in Cascais, Portugal on 28 June, with well over 1,600 sailors lining up to dispute 11 World Championship titles and Olympic qualification. The two windsurfing fleets are set to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the windy Cascais conditions – but just who are the title favourites.

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.

Tom Ashley has won windsurfing gold in Hyeres

One Gold, one Silver and two Bronze for kiwi Olympic sailors. “We raced the medal race in a perfect 15 knot onshore breeze,” says Ashley. “The pressure was off as I only had to finish the race to win the event, and I ended up 7th in the race to wrap up the championship with a 12 point lead over Shahar Zubari from Israel.”

Hyeres: Tom Ashley has a leading margin, 4 Kiwis in 4th place or better

Four kiwi sailors have qualified in the top ten and will sail the final double-points medal race to decide the podium places at ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Francaise regatta in Hyeres, France .

Hyeres : Ashley in 2nd equal place only 1 point back from 1st

Aleh and Ashley are coping best with the light, fickle conditions which have persisted since the start of the regatta four days ago. However Andrew Murdoch and Dan Slater are also both in the top six places in the Laser and Finn classes.
Just one race was sailed in the men’s windsurfing with winds of 6-8 knots petering out as the afternoon passed. Tom Ashley, from Takapuna Boating Club crossed the line in third and holds second place on equal points with Ho from Hong Kong in third. Chan from Hong Kong has a one point leading margin over Ashley.

Light winds in Hyères benefit light sailors - Tom Ashley currently 2nd equal

Not a breath of wind this morning in Hyères. The Finns and 470’s, sailing further down the bay, were the first to launch, the race committee hoping for some sea breeze to reach their racing area first.
It came at the end of the morning, a light 6 knots increasing slightly to 8 by mid afternoon. Unsettled all day, the wind started to operate a wide rotation from the East to South East and finally to South/South West resulting in races abandoned in the Yngling, 49er, Tornado and Lasers.

”Minimal weight for maximum strength!”

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