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two in a row.Date: Sunday, 21 November 1999 23:30Where to begin????????As this is the first time I have been online for over 5 weeks I better start at the beginning when we first arrived in Noumea.I went to clear my email here in Noumea after i finally found out how to do it and found I had 53 messages ugggggg!!!! so quite a few of them stayed there and I will clear them when I get home on the 28th of November.Well from the beginning........... we all arrived here in Noumea around the 17th of October to yummy warm water, and awesome wind and man did it blow for the first two weeks of training here. We were all battening down our hatches for a windy regatta - but as usual Murphies law won and windy Noumea turned into windless Noumea for the competition and today , the day after guess what??? its windy!!Thanks to a deal we secured with Club Med the whole NZ windsurfing team was able to stay. Club Med is the place to stay, everything is taken care of. Our whole training routine revolved around the meal times here. On the water by 10am off by 12, lunch, siesta to sleep off your lunch then sailing at 2.30 in by 4ish and then relax till dinner. It was a perfect training routine. But the biggest bonus was on our days off there was tons to do - archery, circus trapeze flying, squash, tennis but the biggest bonus was the shows and entertainment at night. After a week of staying here we realised we hadn't even walked out the front gates of the village!!On our fourth week of training when we were all beginning to taper all my family came up to visit. Mum, Dad, Wendy, Craig and the kids, Ella, Thomas and 7 week old Baxter. It was great to have them all around plenty of people to bounce off with and have fun. also our masseuse Janice Mclennan arrived to repair our bodies after 3 weeks of physical abuse. The family left the day the competition started - it is much nicer to have them around before the event than during this way I could spend more time as when I am competing I am not always the smiley person people think I am!This lead up to the event was the best any sailor could ask for, so going into the comp I was fully prepared in every aspect, no injuries, good health, fit, sailing fast and the main thing happy. My goal was to sail consistantly with no mistakes and the ultimate goal was to try and win and not have to sail the last race. My plan worked, with a little help from my friends. As always Shayne was amazing his support is invaluable even though he is competing himself. Unfortunately for him the wind died after the first 2 days, he was sitting in 11th till then but ended up 40th. which really isn't too bad out of 110 men. The other kiwi boy struggled a bit towards the end of the regatta also. Jon Paul Tobin came out the top with a 5th, Aaron Macintosh was 10th and big bruvver was 17th. This was probably the largest fleet of women I have ever raced in and one of the highest standards - the class is definintely getting tougher and tougher especially as we get closer to the Olympics.The first four races were quite windy and the next seven light so it was a predominately light air regatta. I prefer the stronger winds as it is always a good blast, lighter winds you have to work alot harder. The french girl Faustine Merrit who place 2nd is a light air specialist and if we hadn't have had those windier races the results may have been a little differen't. She won 5 out of the 7 light air races which is a little scarey considering Sydney is predominantly light!!Over the last few years the womens fleet has been dominated by Lee Lai Shan from Hong Kong and Alessandra Sensini from Italy both of them were place quite a long way back this worlds and instead the Aussies and the French came through.The worlds were the 2nd trials for the Aussie girls so they were fighting it out till the end. They ended up 4th and 5th here with only one point separating, their last trials is the event in Sydney on the 10th of December, this will also be the first trials for the French girls. The final results of all the races are on the web site there are also some pretty good pictures too so for those that are interested there is link to the site from the IMCO homepage www.imco.org ( http://www.acpv.com/eng/index.htm )Shayne and I are staying another week here to do a marathon race around one of the island in the North. It is a stunning island with amazing sailing so it was an opportunity not to be missed.We get home on the 28th of November just in time for my dad 60th then we are off to Sydney to prepare for the event there on the 4th of December. We will be back the 17th of December - home for chrissy then back to Aussie early January.Thanks to all those that have helped this year and I will hopefully catch up with everyone in due time.regardsBarbara-------------------------------------------- November 1999Barbara is currently competing in the MISTRAL 1999 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 10-20.11.99 Numea, New CaledoniaWebsite of eventhttp://www.acpv.comEnglish version:http://www.acpv.com/eng/index.htm-------------------------------------------- September 28 1999MISTRAL women (11 races, 2 discards)1. Barbara KENDALL (NZL): 2, 14, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 3, 4, 2 (15pts)2. Faustine MERRET (France): 3, 3, 1, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5, OCS, 1, 3 (22pts)3.Jessica CRISP (Australia): 1, 2, 4, 4, 1, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 4 (23pts)MISTRAL men (11 races, 2 discards)1. Lars KLEPPICH (Australia): 7, 2, 1, 1, 1, 5, 6, 9, 2, 1, 5 (24pts)2. Joao RODGRIGUES (Portugal): 2, 20, 3, 8, 5, 2, 2, 6, 1, 3, 3 (27pts)3. Nikos KAKLAMANAKIS (Greece): 23, 8, 2, 4, 9, 7, 7, 1, 6, 5, 1 (41pts)13. Aaron McINTOSH (NZL): 1, 18, 22, 11, 12, 3, 18, 22, 24, DNF, 19(126pts)Only one year to go now. Things can change alot in a year, but this regatta gave an indication who is going to be dominant in a years time. In the women there are about five or six of us that are medal prospects. Alessandra Sensini from Italy really came through in the end of the regatta and Lee Lai San from Hong Kong was fifth. Lee Lai San hadn't sailed for 5 months as she has been studying so she was a little off the pace speed wise and physically. It will take nothing for her to bounce back. We had a real variety of conditions and they moved us around on the three courses that are on the harbour, so things were changing all the time which made for real challenging racing. It was very easy to miss one shift and lose your lead which happened to me quite alot, but that what makes it fun also when you are trying to catchup.The mens fleet has a bit more depth which shows in some of the up and down results one mistake and you lose 5 places, consistancy is the key on the harbour.Shayne and I will be heading home tomorrow for two weeks then it will be off to Noumea to prepare for the World Championships. Yee ha warm water, sun and plenty of steady wind.-------------------------------------------- September 1999Following are the final and official results of the Australian Mistral Nationals held on Sydney harbour 6th - 10th September 1999.This regatta was one of three of the australian trials for the Olympics. So the Aussies were on fire. Lars Kleppich really made everyone in the mens look very average he also had great speed in the predominately light conditions. These conditions are what we could expect for the Olympics.Lars is 3 to 4 kilos lighter than the other kiwi boys which I think is giving him an advantage in those marginal conditions. Bruce Kendall topped the kiwis, Bruce is lighter out of JP and Aaron andseemed to have got a better grasp on the conditions here. this is the first regatta in ages that he has topped the kiwi contingent.Our trials will be very interesting because not necesarily the fastest person is the best to go to Sydney!!!!!! I had a great battle with the Aussie girls who were on fire this regatta as they are both very similar in abilities it is going to be a battle for them right to the end. Their next trials are in Nomea at the worlds then another regatta on the harbour just before Christmas.Jessica Crisp who has won numerous world titles in the Professional World Cup circuit and several windsurfer world titles had awesome speed here especially in those marginal conditions she had quite an advantage of speed over me in this area. Fortunately we had a few windy races for me tobalance up the results especially today when we had the best wind of the contest of around 20 knots YEEEEEEHAAAA. It was chaos on the harbour as our course was set across the channel and the ferries do not give way and when its that windy and we are going that fast it is pretty scarey.This next week I will be looking for some speed in those lighter winds before the Pre Olympics starts. ResultsMen 24 men competiting/12 countries Discard TotalLars Kleppich 1 1 1 5 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 4 9 13Bruce Kendall 7 4 8 7 12 3 4 2 2 3 9 8 21 48Tony Philp (fiji) 9 3 2 9 4 6 7 5 3 6 10 7 19 52Aaron Macintosh 3 5 6 3 10 1 9 7 8 13 15 3 25 55Jon Paul tobin 6 10 7 2 5 5 11 8 13 15 1 9 28 64Shayne Bright placed 15th with a win in one of the races and a 3rd and a 5th today so after all the light wind races it put a smile on his face to finally have some wind on the last day.Women 15 women competiting/10 countriesBarbara Kendall 3 1 3 2 2 1 3 5 2 2 1 1 8 18Jessica Crisp 1 4 7 1 4 3 1 3 1 1 3 2 11 20Natasha Sturges 6 2 2 4 3 2 2 1 5 7 2 4 13 27Lanee Butler (usa)Huang Ying (china)-------------------------------------------- August 25 '99Hi allShayne and I are now in Sydney - what a relief if is warm and windy here. We can't believe how much warmer than NZ, thank goodness for that. I feel like a real novice again as I haven't sailed for four weeks. The last few days have been really humbling, in all the practice races I am really struggling to find form. What makes it worse is the Aussie girls are on fire. So they should be as their Olympic trials start on the 5th of September! The poor old body feels like it has been run over by a truck or more realistically here, a ferry! the good thing is I can only get better - HA.Today we filmed a clip for that TVone program assignment. It will be screened on September the 16th at 8.30. This is the day in 2000 we start the Olympics so they are doing a little snippet on where everyone is at - should be quite interesting.The oil spill they had here has just about cleared up but now there is a HUGE whale bathing in the harbour - Alex has been here for a week I don't think he can find that narrow sydney entrance. we sailed up to him the other day but got a short sharp shift form the marine guys, so we only sawhis pimply nose. As they say on the radio thats about all from the Olympic City, Barbara -------------------------------------------- North American Champs San FranciscoDay 1We started today 3 races and it was pretty windy with a 6 knot current flooding in. Huge up winds and really short downwinds really good fun racing especially trying to get around the top mark. then whoaaaaaa mumma the bottom mark sneaks up on you real fast. Jp is winning with a 4th , 1st , 1st aaron next with a 3rd, 2nd ,2nd lars is next with a 1st, 4th and 9thish and then Bruce shayne is 5th then Kenjo, Peter, and somebody else I won all 3 from jessica then Lanee and the POL 43 then carol ann I finally think I have got those downwinds a littlle now YIPEEEEEE the ole long harness lines works a treat I reckon More laterDay 2The guys had one light race in the morning when I say light it was still 10 knots to 12knots then they had 2 really windy races 25 knots at the bottom and 20 at the top. PLUS JP is smoking he had a 4th then 2 - 1sts he is sooooo fast compared to evertyone. He looks so comfortable sailing up wind. Just stands there and grunts . Everyone else seems to waiver when the gusts hit them . Its great spectating from the beach as its pays to het the shore going up wind and so sailors are tacking right on the beach.Aaron is 2nd but struggled alot today he got a 3rd 5th and 4th or something like that and Lars is right behind him then Bruce then Kenjo then shayne. In the windyest race shayne was 2nd he and Aaron had a huge battle it was great to watch.Lars is complaining about all the kiwis around him all the time!!!!!!!Bruce is sailing really well also he figured it was his daggerboard holding him up changed daggerboards and verooooooooom I won all three races Jess 2nd and pol43 3rd. I seem to have developed quite an advantage over the other girls but there are no fast girls here though so it isn't really giving me a true indication on whats going on.Gebi has got in front of Peter but it is close - Will has some goodies and some badddies.It is freezing here I am wearing my full wetsuit - my big one and I have to put on hats and coats when ashore. Luckily there are saunas in the bathrooms to dry your wetsuit inbetween races and to warm you up. Thank god our summer isn't like this. Surprisingly the people are all really friendly and active everyone seems to be out and about excercising- runnjing cycling, rollerblading, volley ball, soccer, you name it - its great to see despite how cold it is and the people here generally seem to be really in shape - haven't seen any really really fat ones thats because there are so many hills here.BarbaraDay 3I would have to say that this was one of the windiest competitons I have been to in quite a long time. We only had one race where it dropped below 12 knots and that was foronly half a race!With such good winds we were able to have all 11 races in the four days. Three races a day for the first three and 2 races on the last day. With 11 races we were only able to discard one race, which means the most consistant person will win.There were 43 men entered and 20 women from 25 differen't countries. This was an important event as it was a qualifying event for the world championships in the men.The fleet was missing alot of the top European competitors but the mens fleet had the top Japanese, Australian, American, Canadian, Italian. In the women we had the top Polish, Australian, American, and Canadian.The Australiasians totally dominated the competition. Jon Paul Tobin was by the fastest man on the water - when it got really windy he was in a league of his own. But he had a two bad races when it got a little light and shifty and that was enough to lose the lead to Australian Lars Kleppich. Who was the most consistant - although not the fastest! Aaron Macintosh came third followed by Bruce Kendall who got faster and faster as the regatta went on - now whith 3 of them all on the pace the New Zealand trials are going to be fierce!!!!! Shayne Bright my lovely husband - hee hee - was in 7th heaven with allthe wind and sailed the best and fastest that I have seen in a long time. He ended up 5th. So the down unders really dominated those first 5 places.All that training in in LA paid off big time for me - mixed with my favourite conditions I didn't really give the other girls a chance. I won just about every race except one where I placed 2nd to Jessica Crisp of Australia. It seemed criminal to have to discard a 2nd. I had awesome speed and with a one way track racing the fastest person usually won!! the best part about the competition the body held up really well and I had no problems with my arms so all the work on those seems to paying off also.Now its back to NZ for us for a month then to Aussie for 2 regattas there including the pre Olympic regatts which is a biggie for us.results Aus Lars Kleppich 1 3 9 2 3 4 3 2 3 2 4 1stNZL Jon Paul Tobin 3 1 1 4 1 1 15 4 1 11 2 2ndNZL Aaron Macintosh 4 2 2 5 5 3 7 1 2 9 1 3rdNZL Bruce Kendall 6 5 3 8 2 7 5 5 4 1 3 4thNZL Shayne Bright 11 7 7 13 4 2 9 3 5 4 6 5th JPN Kenjo Motokazu 6thUSA Mike Gebhart 7thCan Kevin sittle 8thITA Riccarddo Giordano 9thUSA Peter Wells 10thNZL Barbara Kendall 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 AUS Jessicca Crisp POL Anna Grayzeck CAN Carol ann Alie USA Lanee Butler -------------------------------------------- July 1999 Hi allShayne and I have now been 5 weeks in the States training. This is a long time just to be training without a competition - we are really, really ready to race now.The first three weeks we spent in Long Beach with the rest of the team - Aaron Macinosh, Jon Paul Tobin and Bruce. Grant Beck flew over for this time and phewy, did we work hard. Long Beach is great for training as the wind blows very steady and pretty much, from the same direction everyday. We were able to test alot of equipment and try alot of differen't techniques. While you are training life becomes very simple, all we got to do for those 3 weeks was eat, sleep, sail and watch the odd movie. No energy left for tourist things like Disney Land which was a little unfortunate.After Grant left we took 3 days off and I pretty much slept those days. I sailed for about another 4 days and then we all went our differen't ways untill all meeting up here in San Francisco.Shayne and I flew to Hood River, Oregon for four days, staying with some friends up there in the mountains - it was a great place to get away from the sea and windsurfing and go bush for a few days. Here we did some mast bending tests on a special machine a friend of ours has developed. Now for the Olympics we take our own equipment so alot more time is spent testing equipment to find differences. Even though the equipment is mean't to be one design there are differences as it is near impossible to make 2 things exactly the same. It was great to get more of an idea on what different masts are doing so when we sail with them you can analyse the why's and wherefore's.From Portland we flew back to LA and drove up the coast of California to San Francisco. We maximised our tourist opportunity and drove all the way up the rugged coast stopping at famous surf spots all the way up. It was stunning but I reckon NZ has the best coastline in the world.It has been 9 years since I was here in San Fran competiting in a World Cuprace and things haven't really changed. It is still cold when the wind blows and the fog still drifts in down the bay and it is still really really windy with tons of ferries and fishingboats everywhere and the odd seal getting in amongst the action. This is the place for strong wind training. The wind hasn't dropped below 15 knots and most days she's blowing a stiff 25. The St Francis yacht club is hosting the event here -The North American Championships. The yacht club has the best facilities with sauna's and steam rooms in both the men and women's bathrooms along with towels, shampoo and conditioner in each shower. So at the end of the day when you are tired, wet and cold, things don't seem so bad as you emerse yourself into the clubs luxuries.We have had the last 2 days to recover before we start competiting tomorrow. I am ready to test out all that training and testing. Lets hope the brain still remembers how to do a race!!The competition finishes on the 18th we fly out the 20th and will be home the 22nd to start a month of gym training before we fly to Sydney on the 23rd of August.We have 2 competitons in Sydney: September 3rd - 6th Australian Mistral champs September 16th - 26th Pre OlympicsThats about all thats happened in the last 5 weeks. It is scarey how time has flown we are half way through July and the Olympics is just around the corner. I feel much better prepared than ever already which is so much less stressy.Hope all is wellBarbara -------------------------------------------- June 1999Hi Everyone following is a little snippet on what we have been doing over the last few weeks.Finally i am back in the land of being able to get my email working. for some reason it wouldn't work in Holland and I didn't even bother trying while I was in Italy as that place has even more problems.It has been 3 weeks now and we have done 2 competitions and both of them have gone way better than I expected at this stage of my program. The first competiton was in Medemblik in Holland which is a small town about 1 hour north of Amsterdam. It was great in Holland as Hyundai had organised a station wagon for me to use which saved alot of hassle and of course money. Bruce, Shayne and I were all travelling together so needless to say with 3 board bags, 2 quiver bags, 2 mast bags and 5 gear bags the car was quite loaded!!We arrived one week early for this competiton to do some training and acclimatisation, fortunately we were incredibly lucky with the weather, it was warm and sunny the whole time we even had a few barbeques in the evening. This year set a record for Spa regatta - not only did they have record number of entries - 1500 over all the Olympic Classes, but we had the warmest and best wind conditions on record!!!!! Yahoo - good year to go!!We all had brand new gear for this regatta that we had picked up in Holland so it took us quite awhile to tune everything in. I felt a bit spastic for the first few days of competiton from having all this new stuff and from lack of sailing before I left. As the regatta progressed, so did I and by the end of the competiton I was ready to start all over again. Lee Lai San - the gold medallist from Atlanta sailed a incredibly consistant regatta, She had been in Europe for a month so she was peaking for the this regatta as it is her last for a while as she is going to Canberra for six months to finish her studies.I was really stoked to get 2nd considering how little sailing I had done - the main aim of the regatta for me was to see if my body would hold together and it did so to come 2nd was even more of a bonus. Alessandra Sensini who won the bronze medal was 3rd. It is amazing to see how we three are really still dominating the top places. For me it was great to see so many new faces at this regatta, especially girls, there were 58 of us which is really promising and the level of competition is increasing especially now that many countries are having their trials for the Olympics in the next year everyone seems to have stepped another gear of intensity.There were 108 men entered and the level of the men has also increased. Aaron dominated the regatta he had planned a peak for this regatter and sailed very fast and smart. Jon Paul Tobin is still battling with the yo yo type results which shows his youth and Bruce was lacking a bit of tuning.Shayne like always had awesome results in the wind and bad ones when it was light!!In one of the windy races the kiwi boys got a 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th whichwas fairly impressive. From Holland we flew to Palermo in Sicily which is the boot part of Italy. Here we competed in the Windsurf World Festival. This is a fun type regatta with course racing, a long distance and a night race. It was so nice to be in the warm again and we were able to race with no wetsuits here which was a bonus and always brings a smile to my face. The Italian organisation is always pretty chaotic and this year was no exception none of the English speaking participants knew what was going on at any time we just stuck really close to the Italians and when they went on the water so did we!!!! We had great racing with some really funky winds in one race we had wind from 25 knots right down to 2 knots from another direction - the race was never over till you crossed that finish line. I had a awesome regatta and pretty much won everything the course racing, long distance, night race and Bruce and my results enabled us to place 3rd in the nations cup behing Australia and Italy. Now we are all in Long Beach in Los Angelos we are here for a month to do some serious training and equipment testing. By about the 5th of July we will drive up to San Francisco for the North American Championships before coming home on the 23rd of July.Hope all is well at home Barbara -------------------------------------------- November to February 1999Being named Sports Woman of the year on Friday the 5th of March finished off an awesome year for me. This year was a tough year for the judges and as usual there is always something controversial. I personally think Grant Beck our coach should have received coach of the year. Producing 2 world champions is pretty amazing.It's been four months since my last newsletter and as always things have been action packed and out of control in this time for the Bright/Kendall family.Shayne and I spent most of November down in Taranaki wave sailing. Three days after getting back from the worlds in France we boarded Shayne's parents family bus and headed south for the New Zealand Wave Sailing Nationals. Unfortunately I got a tummy bug and couldn't compete but Shayne sailed awesomely in the light wind, big wave conditions to win the wave sailing national title for 2 years running.About 10 days after the Wave Nationals we were back down to Taranaki for the Sirocco Expression Session. This is a slightly different competition format instead of man on man sailing like the nationals; everyone sails for the 4 days and everyone votes on who should win. Great style of competition as you get to sail heaps. I won the women's and Shayne placed 3rd in the men's.Just before Christmas we headed over the ditch to Sydney for a Mistral regatta. Every regatta we can do on the Sydney harbor is really important for the Olympics.Both of us hadn't done much Mistral sailing before this and it took the first couple of days to tune in. Being close to Christmas and just before the Sydney to Hobart race there were hundreds of boats and ferries on the Harbor. It was chaos. In one of the races, Shayne got taken out by a slow moving ferry, he happened to be winning at the time, fortunately no damage was done. The French team had been training in the harbor for the last week and was right in tune. Faustine Merrit (who place 3rd in the world Championships) won the regatta with Maud Herbert 2nd, I was third. Shayne was the 2nd kiwi.We both had a couple of weeks holiday before I flew to Singapore to compete in the Tudor Watch Mistral race and then to Malaysia for a short boarding event.I had a very successful time at both competitions and got to check out a couple of countries I had never been to before. In Singapore the winds were extremely light and I caught a bit of the flu so wasn't able to pump as hard as I would have liked and finished 2nd behind the top Chinese girl. By the time I got to Malaysia the flu was gone, the wind came in and I had a great time renewing my short board skills. I hadn't raced short boards since 1994. It was pleasing to see that I hadn't lost those skills and I kept the boys honest by placing 5th in the open men's and winning the women. Shayne spent this time in Melbourne competing in a qualification regatta for the Worlds. He had caught the same flew, but didn't have so much luck getting rid of it. When he flew to Melbourne his ears didn't equalize coming down. He had to go on antibiotics to clear them. A day before he flew home they popped clear. Sailing with out hearing is really hard, fortunately he did what he set out to do and he qualified for the Worlds. February was incredible. We love La Nina. I don't think we have ever raced so much 3 competitions and 31 races in 28 days - really full on!It started with the Racing Nationals in Christchurch (short boards). Christchurch really turned it on. We had incredible winds every day, which seemed to be a pattern for all our racing that month. There were 75 competitors from all around New Zealand. The men and women raced together. After five days of intense racing my body was stuffed. Short board racing uses more legs and mine felt like jelly meat! I kept the kiwi boys on their toes though and placed 13th in the men and won the woman. It was classic getting comments from some of the guys " it was great having you racing Barb when you were around me it made me try harder ".Shayne sailed awesomely and placed 4th behind 3 much bigger guys who had been training all year.Two days after the Race Nationals we were straight into Sail Auckland. We had the biggest fleet of Mistral Sailors in New Zealand ever. 80 men and women from Italy, Austria, Tahiti, Noumea, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Cook Islands, Fiji, Australia, USA, Germany. Lee Lai San my archival from Hong Kong was here and we had the usual ding dong battle. This time I came out on top in the slightly windier conditions to win. Shayne had a tougher battle in the men's fleet; just getting off the start line was a mission. He placed 14th out of 60 men.The next weekend we all drove down to Whakatane to sail in a marathon race around White Island. Unfortunately, but thank goodness cause it is a long way, there wasn't enough wind to do the marathon so we sailed around Whale Island instead, this still took 4 and a half hours. Finally this month was another Mistral event, Olympicsail, off Eastern beach. This was an important regatta, as it was the pre Olympic trials for Sydney this year. We had another incredibly windy regatta; I have forgotten what it is to sail in light winds. In the stronger winds I have a hard job keeping up with the boys and had to settle for a 13th overall in the regatta and comfortably winning the women's. The last day when the winds moderated and went all fluky and shifty I got a 4th. Which boosted my overall placing. Shayne sailed really well to place 9th. The men and women raced together so we were having the battle inside the battle to beat each other. Shayne won!Summary of ResultsBarbara Kendall1st women Sirocco Expression Session Taranaki3rd women Sail Sydney Sydney2nd women Singapore Mistral Race Singapore1st women and 5th overall Mana Mana Slalom Race Malaysia1st women and 13th overall Race Nationals Christchurch1st women Sail Auckland Auckland 1st women and 6th overall Whale Island Race Whakatane1st women and 13th overall Olympicsail AucklandShayne Bright 1st Overall New Zealand Wave Sailing National Champion3rd Overall Sirocco Expression Session Taranaki18th - 5th Kiwi Oceanic Championships Melbourne4th Overall Race Nationals Christchurch14th - 5th Kiwi Sail Auckland Auckland9th - 4th Kiwi Whale Island Race Whakatane9th - 4th Kiwi Olympicsail Auckland -------------------------------------------- Exposure Bits and PiecesWomens Day did a two-page spread on Shayne and I back in November. We don't scrub up too bad!I did another What Now Children's Television Show in November and a Television add encouraging the kids to take part in the Kiwi Kids Tryathlon. The most embarrassing thing last year was the Auckland Santa Parade. Aaron Macintosh and I were the Grand Marshals in the Parade. It was pretty funny as when we went to take off in our convertible BMW, it wouldn't start so we had to walk down Queen street holding the Farmers banner looking a little sheepish, with kids yelling "where's Santa?" or "where's ya board?" Shayne had a 4-page profile in the last Windsurfing Magazine, which was great for Ripcurl and showed and insight into his life, it was really well written thanks to Shaan Miller the editor.While I was in Singapore a Television program was made and screened internationally (Aussie and Asia) apparently I got heaps of coverage on this but I haven't seen the program!Over the last few months Richard Blancheet from Club Med and I have negotiated a sponsorship deal for New Zealand's Windsurfing A Team. The 6 of us - Aaron McIntosh, Bruce Kendall, Jon Paul Tobin, Grant Beck, Shayne and I will get 6 weeks free accommodation and food in Club Med Noumea leading up and during the Worlds this year. He is also putting together a package deal for supporters that are interested in coming over for a holiday during that time November 10th to 20th. More on that later. Finally if you have made it this far reading and haven't fallen asleep or filed this marathon I would like to thank my main sponsors who have been awesome over the last few years. The New Zealand Sports Foundation, Dupont New Zealand, Hyundai, Ripcurl, Oakley, The New Zealand International Yachting Trust and Yachting New Zealand. Last Year and continuing this year with help and product is Carbo Power, Canes Deer Products, immuno 8, Air New Zealand, David Slyfield for his training programs and Janice McLennan for keeping our bodies together!Thanks Heaps Barbara Kendall & Shayne Bright

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