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ISAF Worlds - Cascais. Windsurfing continues with mixed results for kiwis

Barbara Kendall continues to climb through the RS:X fleet marching her way into 2nd place overnight with a 3rd and a 1st in last nights racing. The kiwi board sailing legend hasn’t looked back since a poor result in race two in shifty conditions – she now has five top three finishes from seven races.

Polish board sailor Zofia Klepacka is in the top spot, just four points in front of Kendall, while Jessica Crisp of Australia is three points behind in third place. Now closing in on the business end of the regatta, the board sailors are back on the water tonight for two final qualifying races to decide the top ten to advance to the medal race.

Meanwhile in the Men’s RS:X both Jon-Paul Tobin and Tom Ashley have slipped in the placings. Despite this they’re on track with the key goal of earning New Zealand a place for the Qingdao Olympics as just one of them needs to finish in the top 25 nations at this event.

“I've been struggling a bit to get my head around the conditions as I didn't spend much time here before the competition,” says Ashley, “however I'm happy with the progress I'm making in my preparation towards the Pre-Olympics in China in August. My fitness is coming along really nicely and I've been doing a lot of training this year in the conditions we expect to see in Qingdao.”

“There are two races to go here before the top ten sailors qualify for the medal race, so I'm hoping for a good day tomorrow!”

Andrew Murdoch has won the silver medal at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, Portugal overnight. Murdoch was second in last night’s medal race giving him the silver medal behind Australian Tom Slingsby who won the world title.

Olympic berths are now confirmed for New Zealand in the Star, Laser and Laser Radial classes. Places in the Finn and Yngling classes look to be a sure thing also.

ISAF Sailing World Championships 2007
RS:X Women – Women’s wind-surfer (73 boards)

Barbara Kendall – 2nd
Hayley Thom – 43rd
Kate Ellingham – 50th
Steffanie Williams – 55th
Justina Sellers – 59th

RS:X Men – Men’s wind-surfer (113 boards)

Tom Ashley – 18th
Jon-Paul Tobin – 20th
Antonio Cozzolino – 54th
Michael Lichtwark – 70th

About The 2007 ISAF Worlds

Over 1,300 sailors from 76 nations are competing at the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships, from 28 June-13 July in Cascais, Portugal. 'The Wind Is Calling' is the official motto for the 2007 Worlds. The Championships are the principal qualification regatta for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, with 75% of all national places to be decided.

For more information contact

Jodie Bakewell-White
Communications & Events Manager
Tel: (09) 361 4023
Mobile: 0292 008 492

or

Yachting New Zealand on (09) 361 1471

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