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Day 1 RS:X report, Sail Auckland

Sail Auckland 2011 got underway today with nine fleets racing on three courses scattered up the Hauraki Gulf north of Takapuna Beach in a westerly offshore breeze which was light and shifty at times but provided good racing across all classes. In what will no doubt be an interesting battle over the next three days, New Zealand’s best including Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin today started battling it out with internationals Dorian van Rijsselberge from the Netherlands, and Lee Byunggun of Korea.

On day one it was the reigning Olympic champ Ashley that mastered the conditions best off
Takapuna Beach, his home waters, and tops the leader-board on 3 points with a 2nd and a 1st on
the water today. The Korean sailor holds second place five points adrift, with van Rijsselberge and
Cozzolino both one point further back.

The contest for the top woman windsurfer kicked off with Kate Ellingham of the NZL Sailing Team
and Natalia Kosinska claiming one bullet apiece today to share the lead at the end of the first day.
Justina Sellers holds third place.

On the RS:X course two races were sailed before the fleet headed ashore mid afternoon, with sailors
reporting shifty 8-10 knot westerly winds on their course ranging through as much as 40 degrees at
times. Wind gusts appeared and then disappeared catching out the fleet leaders at times including
Tobin in race two.

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