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National Championships - J P Tobin reports

Result : 2nd. Great conditions for day one of the 2010 National's if you wanted to go fishing!!!...fortunately the Dutch team were organised enough to kit their coach boat out with a couple of lines so fishing it was, despite the complete lack of breeze one race was completed (3rd) and one fish was caught...and released.

Day two day and some real windsurfing action, 20 + knots of wind, three races completed and three comfortable wins.

Day three and back to light and shifty, I entered the day leading overall with a 5 point margin back to second, mixture of a day (4th, 6th, 6th) leading the third race of the day only to setup a bit defensively in the middle of the final run to the finish allowing competitors on both sides of the course to bring breeze down to the line.

Day four and again light wind, with limited focus on pumping in a very short build up to the National's the specific strength component required in the light conditions was simply not up to standard, completing six of the total nine race series in these conditions did not help the situation (2nd, 5th).

Completed the Nationals in second overall with Tom performing well in the predominantly light air to secure the National title, however what was particularly cool with four of the top ten ranked sailors in the World competing (among others) between Tom and myself we were able to ensure that breaking the finish line tape was exclusive to NZL.

April : Preparation starts for 2010 World Championships in Denmark...pumping will be a significant feature.

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