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Olympic withdrawal by JP Tobin highlights a troubled relationship between windsurfing and Yachting NZ

J P Tobin announced his decision to not compete at the Olympics in Rio despite qualifying. The reasons behind this, and the relationship between JP Tobin may be complex, but the resulting publicity has surfaced considerable dissatisfaction with the way Yachting NZ has treated windsurfing, it's most successful sailing class.

The story was initially broken in the popular press

but very quickly escalated to other channels

Men’s and Women’s RS:X windsurfing qualify for 2016 Olympics

Both Jon Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska have bowed out of the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships without making the top ten sailors, and neither will sail tomorrow’s medal race.

Both have however sailed well enough to qualify New Zealand for a Rio 2016 Olympic berth in the both the men’s and women’s windsurfing. 18 places were on offer for the men at this regatta and Tobin has finished 16th overall, well inside the top 18 nations.

Aaron McIntosh and J P Tobin finalists in 2012 Yachting Excellence Awards

Here is a complete list of those recognised at the 2012 Yachting Excellence Awards…
Orbit Corporate Travel Sailor of the Year: Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie
Singapore Airlines Young Sailor of the Year Winner: Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski

Finalists included
Ellie Copeland and Erica Dawson - 5th at the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships (Female 420)
Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski – 6th at the 2012 49er World Championships
Gemma Jones and Tomer Simhony – 5th at the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships (SL16)
Andrew McKenzie – 2nd at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championships

Australia and most of the Pacific Island nations support the decision for kite-board racing for the Olympics

Yachting New Zealand has confirmed that both Area L (SW Pacific) representatives will be voting in favour of kiteboards at the upcoming Annual meeting of the International Sailing Federation, despite lodging its own submission which supports the re-reinstatement of the Windsurfer as an Olympic event. Understandably this has created a great deal of consternation and anger in New Zealand, particularly in the windsurfing community.

2012 Olympic Mens RS:X Windsurfing - J P Tobin - news and results

Jon-Paul Tobin is the New Zealand Olympic Sailing - RS:X Windsurfing representative. 3rd at the World Champs, he's a top contender for a medal.
Final result:JP Tobin remained consistent finishing 7th overall. Dorian Van Rijsselberge (netherlands) his training partner won the event easily, and the other member of the team Zachary Plavsic (Canada) finished 8th behind JP. A great effort, the end of an era? Follow this link for more information.

J P Tobin - New Zealand RS:X windsurfing representative at the 2012 Olympics - video profile

2012 Olympics - J P Tobin talks about preparing for RS:X windsurfing

NZ Herald (17/6/2012): On August 7 boardsailor Jon-Paul Tobin will carry a proud New Zealand legacy for what appears to be the final time. Windsurfing will cease as an Olympic sport on that date with the men's medal race off Weymouth on Britain's Dorset coast. It has been one of New Zealand's most successful Games disciplines since its introduction in 1984 (for men) and 1992 (for women).

Sail for Gold - Gold for NZ but not JP Tobin in RS:X windsurfing

Jo Aleh and Olivia (Polly) Powrie have won Gold at their Olympic 470 dress rehearsal event, and Paul Snow Hansen with Jason Saunders have achieved bronze. J P Tobin finishes 9th in the RS:X windsurfing.

After a week of tumultuous weather at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth, the sun finally came out and the wind moderated to a perfect 15 knots for the Lasers medal race. It started to build for the following 470 races, and then a fresh 20-22 knots for the RS:X windsurfer in the early afternoon.

Extreme wind cancels racing at Sail for Gold - JP into medal round RS:X windsurfing

All racing was cancelled on day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta Skandia sail for Gold, as Thursday afternoon’s storm continued overnight and all day Friday at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth.

The Paralympic classes were the first to be cancelled in the morning, but other classes had longer to wait until racing was called off for everybody at 2:30pm local time. For most sailors, this signalled an early end to their regatta. The Paralympic classes were always scheduled to end one day before the rest.

Sail for Gold - JP Tobin continues to improve in RS:X windsurfing

JP Tobin in the men’s RS:X fleet saw wind speeds of up to 35kn in the afternoon before all other racing was called off. JP thrived in the big breeze, finishing both races in 4th place and improved his overall ranking to 7th. His training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge has improved to second. Natalia Kosinska has slipped back to 17th in the womens RS:X.

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