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Day 2 RS:X report - Sail Auckland

Tight battles unfold at Sail Auckland - Racing continued today at Sail Auckland 2011 as the ISAF Grade 1 Olympic classes regatta now hits
the half way mark with some tight battles unfolding ensuring an exciting conclusion to the event over the weekend.

The westerly offshore breeze challenged the fleets once again with patchy pressure at times, but greater push today in the 15-18 knot range for the opening races, dropping slightly through the afternoon.


Tom Ashley continues to reign supreme in the Men’s RS:X fleet, sailing three races today, the
Olympic champs leads the fleet but things are tight at the top of the board. Just three points
separate first and fourth place after a total of five races.

With a 2-4-2 card today Ashley, on 7 points is just one point ahead of Dorian van Rijsselberge of the
Netherlands, with Antonio Cozzolino and Jon-Paul Tobin just behind sharing third place 10 points

For the NZL Sailing Team’s Kate Ellingham, Sail Auckland marks a return to competition after an
enforced injury break. “I had had a really long break after the Worlds because of my back, and I’ve
finally got that under control now, so it hasn’t been bothering me since November which is good, it’s
really exciting.”

Ellingham won today’s two opening races in the RS:X 8.5 windsurfing, then placed second and has
opened up a small lead on rival Natalia Kosinska two points adrift in second place. Justina Sellers is

Describing conditions today Ellingham said; “Offshore 15-18 knots for the first two races, 8-14 for
the final race... heaps more that yesterday. I don’t mind, but I do enjoy the wind for sure, especially
when it’s this gusty.”

“The first two I won, which was good. The final one I was winning most of the way around and then
on the last upwind I tried to plane when the wind died and people came from behind to catch up...
so that was disappointing, but I guess that’s what happens when it’s offshore and shifty like this.”


“The whole plan of this regatta was to get good starts, so far out of five races I’ve had four good
starts and one when I kinda got the pin a bit muddled up with the finish line, so I was over, but I
went back and it was fine, I still won.”

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