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A World Championship medal in 2010 eluded both Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin finishing sixth and eighth respectively at theRS:X Men’s World Championships which concluded in Kerteminde, Denmark on September 4th.

While both of the kiwis sailed brilliantly at times over the course of the six day regatta, in the end it was Poland that came to the fore with a gold - silver finish for team mates Poitr Myzska and Przemslaw Miarczynski. Israel’s Nimrod Mashiah took out the bronze medal.

Tom Ashley, who has returned to competition this year after a year-long break, was disappointed when things simply didn’t go his way in the quick fire medal race.

“Actually had a pretty disastrous race,” he reflects. “It was very shifty and gusty, and I spent most of the race between 1st and 4th although the lead changed many times.”

“Unfortunately the water was full of seaweed, and I hooked a huge piece of weed on my fin near the beginning of the last downwind which I couldn't remove. I ended up falling from 4th to 9th by the time the race finished. I finished 6th overall.”

Despite missing out on the podium, it is encouraging that the medal race featured two kiwi sailors and from here they and the coaching team, will take the lessons and apply them to the ultimate goal of Olympic medals in Weymouth.

“Pretty disappointing after being in with a shot at a medal during the final race,” continues Ashley. “However, I learned a lot during the competition and I still feel that this result is ok after taking a year off. Overall it seems like I'm on track for 2012, which is the real target.”

Jon-Paul Tobin was eighth overall after placing 8th in last night’s medal race. The 33 year old Takapuna Boating Club sailor appears to be in career topping form this year, and he adds this result to a list of top ten placings this year.

2010 RS:X World Championships, 29th August – 4th September
New Zealand’s final results

Men’s Championship (111 sailors)
6th Tom Ashley
8th Jon-Paul Tobin
78th (22nd in silver fleet) Antonio Cozzolino

Women’s Championship (66 sailors)
34th (1st in silver fleet) Kate Ellingham
36th (3rd in silver fleet) Stefanie Williams
41st (8th in silver fleet) Natalia Kosinska
49th (16th in silver fleet) Alice Monk

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Stack Interiors to sponsor Winter Champs at Murrays Bay

Run by Murrays Bay Yacht Club in Auckland’s North Shore, the Stack Interiors Winter champs starts on Friday 1 October, and is an icebreaker that features three days of racing for junior and youth classes, and two days of racing for senior classes – a total of 17 classes all up, and an estimated 250 boats on the startline.

"Stack Interiors are supporting this event because we see it as a great opportunity for young sailors to experience sailing in big fleets, rubbing shoulders with some of the 'elite' of New Zealand sailing,” says David Gunn of Stack Interiors. If we can support the young people coming through it provides a great base for New Zealand sailing and provides valuable life skills for the kids involved"

Racing will be preceded by two days of intensive coaching with more than 20 top sailors.

Those attending include the traditional junior classes such as Optimists, Starlings and P-Class, as well as modern classes such as Lasers, RXS and Techno Boards, racing in the waters between Murrays Bay and Rangitoto.

Vodafone are providing a ticket for a lucky winner to sail on the massive record-breaking catamaran TeamVodafoneSailing, and other supporters of the event include principal sponsor and business interior design specialists Stack Interiors, the Auckland Yachting and Boating Association, Yachting New Zealand and Harken.

Coaching will take place on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 September, with racing starting on Friday 1 September for Juniors, and Saturday 2 September for Youth and Seniors.

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Youth Sailing

Registrations open for National Youth Clinics 2010
Registrations are invited for the first National Youth Clinic for 2010 planned for the 5th, 6th and 7th of October – one day after Winter Champs.
This National Youth Clinic, to be held at Murrays Bay Sailing Club on Auckland’s North Shore, offers coaching in the 420, Laser Radial and RS:X 8.5 classes.

“This will be three days of intense coaching aimed at preparing sailors for the up-coming season’s National Championships, Youth Trials and more,” says Youth Head Coach Ian Neely.

Registration is open to any sailor in the 420, Laser Radial or RS:X 8.5 classes who has competed in the 2010 Winter Championships preceding the Clinic, in the same class that they wish to attend the Clinic in. The cost is a mere $10 per person with the money going back to the host Club.

Sailors wishing to attend MUST complete a pre-registration form to allow for planning of sufficient coaches. All information and the registration forms are available on www.yachtingnz.org.nz under Sailors>Youth Sailing>YNZ Clinics.

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