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Windsurfers win Grade One Medals

The ISAF Grade 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta (formerly known as Spa Regatta) concluded in the Netherlands after five days of racing. New Zealand’s top performances were in the windsurfing with Barbara Kendall finishing with silver and Tom Ashley with bronze.

“The Holland Regatta finished today with a very windy and cold medal race,” reports Tom Ashley. “I ended up 5th in the medal race, with frozen hands and feet, and 3rd overall in the competition.”

“The 3rd place overall was a solid result at this stage in my build up for China. The fleet wasn't super strong but the two guys ahead of me have been in very good shape and have been top performers this spring in Europe. They have given me a very good benchmark as to the level I will need to achieve come August.”

Ashley will now return to his European training base. “Now it's a two day, 2000km drive back to Valencia to the warmer Spanish climate. I’m looking forward to some very hard weeks of training ahead!”

It was another top result for Barbara Kendall who claimed the silver medal by pulling consistent results throughout the five day regatta, beaten only by Spain’s Marina Alabau. Kendall wasn’t the only kiwi in the top ten of the Women’s RS:X fleet with Kate Ellingham also sailing well and claiming 6th overall in the fleet of 21.

Dan Slater finished in 6th place after an eventful medal race in the 37 strong Finn fleet. “For about 2 minutes three of us were all in a line. I was still on port in the middle and the other two were on Starboard,” says Slater. “With just 50 meters from the finish I prepared for a gybe running hard by the lee, I nose dived and capsized. This meant I finished the race in 7th and was 6th overall.”

“This trip has been tough but good. It has showed me some of my weaknesses, which we have solved and now I feel really well prepared for China with a few cards still left to play.”

In the Star class Hamish Pepper and Carl Williams recorded three race wins over the course of the event but chose to wrap up the regatta early and travel to Italy ahead of their next regatta due to start on June 4th in Croatia – the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship. They finished 9th overall.

“We decided to leave Spa early and get down here to complete some fine tuning of the boat and bring it up to Games level before we start racing in Croatia on the 4th of June,” explains Williams. “Feeling good after the Holland Regatta, now the fine tuning for the Olympics begins, hence the sacrifice of the last day of racing in Holland.”

In the Men’s 470 class Carl Evans and Peter Burling finished 10th overall in a large 56 boat fleet. Jo Aleh concluded the regatta in 13th place in the 71 strong Laser Radial class, and Tornado sailors Aaron McIntosh and Mark Kennedy were 13th overall in the fleet of 22.

For full results, images and daily reports visit the regatta website through the link below.

Delta Lloyd Regatta (Formerly Spa Regatta), Medemblik, Netherlands
New Zealand’s Final Results

Women’s RS:X Windsurfing (Total fleet 21)
Barbara Kendall – 2nd
Kate Ellingham – 6th
Steffanie Williams – 12th

Men’s RS:X Windsurfing (Total fleet 41)
Tom Ashley – 3rd
Antonio Cozzolino – 37th
Josh Nixon – 41st

Finn (Total fleet 37)
Dan Slater – 6th

Star (Total fleet 23)
Hamish Pepper & Carl Williams – 9th

Men’s 470 (Total fleet 56)
Carl Evans & Peter Burling – 10th

Laser Radial (Total fleet 71)
Jo Aleh – 13th

Tornado (Total fleet 22)
Aaron McIntosh & Mark Kennedy – 13th

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