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Barbara Kendall & JP Tobin featuring in European Championships

New Zealand Olympic class sailors seem to have taken a leaf from the Emirates Team New Zealand book with some outstanding performances in the European Championships for five of the Olympic classes.

In the RS:X Mens, Jon Paul Tobin is lying in second place overall after three races have been sailed.

In the RS:X Womens, Barbara Kendall leads the fleet after three races have been sailed.

In the 470 Mens class, rookie 470 sailors, Carl Evans and Peter Burling are lying in 4th position overall and have qualified for the Medal race to be sailed tonight. this is the first major 470 regatta for the young Kiwi crew, who are double world champions in the smaller 420 class. There are four crews spanning just one point on the table.

Both regattas are being sailed off Cyprus, with one day's racing complete.

In Finn class, Dan Slater in 4th place overall going into the medal race although he cannot make the first slot, he is in with a chance of a medal.

In the Mens Laser, after six races, Michael Bullot lies in fourth place overall, on equal points with the 5th placed competitor. Racing was a supposed to have started in the medal race overnight (NZT), however no racing was completed in the light and shifty conditions which have plagued the regatta. Bullot has turned in an outstanding performance with two race wins and a second place in the qualifying series in the light air regatta which mimics conditions in the Olympic sailing venue of Qingdao. He had the misfortune to break a mast in Race 4, which may ultimately work against him as the 53pts will have to be one of his discard races.

We are and will be featuring full reports on Sail-World as these regattas progress.

What is particularly exciting about the above results is that several of the competitors - Bullot, Tobin and Evans/Burling are not in the Yachting NZ Olympic Squad. Under the current criteria any competitor who achieves eighth place or better in a European championship is automatically included in the Olympic Squad, and receives the funding and support associated with that membership.

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