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Olympics - RS:X No wind day in Qingdao

No sailing took place at the Olympic Sailing venue today - wind was the missing ingredient. A sea fog hung over the race course for the entire day and competitors were kept ashore with the postponement flag flying. Of the kiwi team Dan Slater, Tom Ashley, Barbara Kendall, Jo Aleh and Andrew Murdoch had scheduled racing, today’s cancellations now putting them behind schedule.

Olympics - RS:X Day 3 - Rest day

Tom Ashley is currently the best positioned kiwi sailor. Today is a rest day for Tom and Barbara in the RS:X events which is probably a relief as the winds continue to be light and variable. This tends to act against the kiwis who are more used to heavier conditions.

Olympics - RS:X day 2 - Ashley and Barbara both improve position.

Highlight was a bullet for Tom Ashley in his fourth race of the series placing him provisionally in 3rd overall.

Olympics - RS:X racing starts today

Today, Monday, racing starts for four more New Zealand sailors with the Men’s and Women’s wind surfing and the Men’s 470 set to get underway. Windsurfers Barbara Kendall and Tom Ashley will be on the water for day one of competition in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X events – both fleets are scheduled to sail two races each starting at 1 o’clock on course A off the main break wall at Qingdao. The windsurfers, like the majority of other classes, will sail a ten race series to decide the top ten who progress to the final deciding medal race. The windsurfing medal races will be sailed ten days from now on Wednesday 20th August, with four rest or reserve days built into the programme.

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Barbara Kendall
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3rd - Tom Ashley, Men’s RS:X (after 10 races)
6th - Barbara Kendall, Women’s RS:X (after 10 races)

RS:X Boardsailing: Ashley happy to fly under the radar

Olympic year always brings bold predictions of Kiwi medal success, but when it comes to forecasts in Beijing, boardsailor Tom Ashley has generally flown under the radar. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/4/story.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10522352

Mens RS:X Olympic representative Tom Ashley profile

Windsurfers win Grade One Medals

The ISAF Grade 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly known as Spa Regatta) concluded in the Netherlands after five days of racing. New Zealand’s top performances were in the windsurfing with Barbara Kendall finishing with silver and Tom Ashley with bronze.

“The Holland Regatta finished today with a very windy and cold medal race,” reports Tom Ashley. “I ended up 5th in the medal race, with frozen hands and feet, and 3rd overall in the competition.”

Tom and Barbara both in second place in Medemblik

Racing got underway overnight in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. Tom Ashley in the Mens RS:X lies in second place overall and Barbara Kendall is also second overall in the reduced Womens fleet.
http://hollandregatta.org/2008v2/

Boardsailing: Hoping for a smooth sail to Beijing

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