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Triple Olympic medallist, Barbara Kendall honoured at a NZ Olympic Committee function

Triple Olympic medallist, Barbara Kendall was one of six women honoured at a NZ Olympic Committee function on Thursday night at the Heritage Hotel. The six women were all Gold medalists at Olympic Games, starting with Yvette Williams (1952, Long Jump), Barbara Kendall (1992, Windsurfer), Sarah Ulmer (2004, Track Cycling), Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell (2004 and 2008, Rowing) and Valerie Vili (2008, Shot Put).

More on the Olympic decisions by ISAF - a personal view

Paul Henderson, former President of ISAF thinks windsurfing is no longer relevant. For many of us windsurfing is a personal thing and both the Olympics and ISAF are not particularly relevant, however it is a significant world stage which raises the profile of the sport and brings in new blood. Imagine what it would be like if windsurfing was freed from the constraints of being a sailing hybrid, and was allowed to show its true colours! This is my personal response to this view and I'd appreciate feedback (Bruce Spedding).

ISAF pits windsurfing against kiteboarding in an attempt to avoid the future

While the lobbying will be frantic ahead of the ISAF Council deliberations and vote, the simple point is that this is not about who is the best lobbyist, who runs the best PR campaign, produces the best DVD or YouTube clip, or who is the most politically astute. It is about the people who aren't there, particularly the young sailors who they need classes they aspire to sail, and which will make them want to stay in sailing. And that is not in boats that are beloved by the older generation. Richard Gladwell-

ISAF Olympic Committee about to shoot itself in the foot over kiteboards and windsurfers?

Will ISAF get trapped by political concessions for 2016 ?
A lot has been written about the ISAFs Olympic Commissions report and the resulting Executive Committee submission in the last weeks. This opinion piece from echoes comments made to the same publication by Windsurfing NZ which so far have been unacknowledged.

Olympic Sailing Evolution - Bruce Kendall proposes some changes

Bruce thinks that Olympic sailing formats need evolution to ensure it is attractive to the public and the media. The future of Olympic sailing is under review so maybe its coming down to a choice between the purists and the pragmatists, sailing for the sailors or sailing for the media - does it need to be a choice between one or the other? Read Bruce's analysis ...

RS:X LIVE Q&A Session

Wed 6 Oct 2010

The LIVE Q&A Session with Christine Johnston [GBR] who is a qualified RYA Olympic Classes Coach who raced at the 2000 Olympic Regatta in Sydney, Australia and then went on to finish 14th at the 2006 RS:X World Championships so she knows a thing or two about racing at the top level.

It's all happening at 6.30am Wednesday 6th October NZDT sharp.

Here's what you'll learn

Planning Your Travel - Arrive in The Best Shape
Planning Your Race Day - Develop The Best Routine
Planning Your Pre-Race Routine - Getting Ready to Race


Sailing at the Olympics - event choice may be between a windsurfer and a kite-board

Only three of the current ten Olympic yachting classes are reasonably assured of a place in the start line for Brazil in 2016. The RS:X Board will have to undergo a double trial if it is to remain in 2016. The Board/Kite-board would be chosen after Evaluation Trials. A regional imbalance (areas like Oceania and Africa not well represented), poor spectator and TV audiences, and competition for places with new sports such as golf and rugby are all drivers behind the moves to reduce and possibly remove sailing from the Olympics. These factors were highlighted in the WNZ submission to SPARC for funding.

Olympic class 2010 RS:X Men’s and Women’s RS:X World Championships in Denmark are all soon to get underway.

Four Olympic class World Championship Regattas will be sailed simultaneously at three different venues over the coming week, each featuring some of New Zealand’s hottest talent. The 2010 Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco, the 2010 Laser World Championships in Great Britain and the 2010 RS:X Men’s and Women’s RS:X World Championships in Denmark are all soon to get underway.

Change Of Role Leaves Olympic Windsurfing Champion Worry-Free

Wearing her crop top, board shorts, sunglasses and sports cap, recently retired New Zealand windsurfing legend Barbara Kendall could still pass for a competitor, but in Singapore she is staying on shore as a Youth Olympic Games athlete role model. Kendall participated in five Olympic Games, picking up the full set of medals with a gold, silver and bronze.

2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - Kiwi’s tackle tough conditions on day four

The transition from qualifying to the finals series at 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth was heralded with shifty and tricky conditions on the Weymouth race track. From here the regatta moves into the penultimate day when, for those within reach, it is all about being in the top ten of the fleet to make the medal race on Saturday in England. After last night’s tough conditions nine of the NZL Sailing Team still currently have a spot in the top ten.

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