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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta: RS:X windsurfers improve positions, J P Tobin adds another 1st and Ashley now in top 10 as well.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is now at the halfway point with three days of racing completed and three to go in Weymouth, England – the site of the next Olympic Sailing Regatta. A lovely sunny day in Weymouth with good consistent breeze provided sailors with opportunities to consolidate on their results after the turbulent conditions yesterday (Tuesday). There are some shake-ups in the overall standings as the first discard comes into effect.

Sail Auckland ISAF Grade 1 Olympic Classes Regatta

Wed 2 Feb 2011 - Sun 6 Feb 2011

For the first time the event will be hosted from the Takapuna Boating Club. Competing classes include RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Tornado & 2.4R.

New Zealand’s Olympic class windsurfers converge on Weymouth, England in preparation for 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

Among New Zealand’s hottest medal prospects is reigning Olympic Champion in men’s board sailing, Tom Ashley who won silver earlier this year at Princess Sofia Regatta in Mallorca, Spain. Jon-Paul Tobin, Stephanie Williams, Alice Monk and Natalia Kosinskawill also be competing in the RS:X windsurfing class

North Shore to host Sail Auckland 2011

Sail Auckland, the only ISAF Grade 1 regatta for Olympic classes in New Zealand, will be sailed from Auckland’s North Shore in 2011. Agreement has been reached between Sail Auckland Regatta Inc and the Takapuna Boating Club, which has been granted rights to host the 2011 regatta to take place from February 3rd to February 6th.

RS:X and Techno293 - New Zealand Windsurfing on Facebook

Follow the news from New Zealand and the rest of the world on Facebook with the Windsurfing NZ RS:X and Techno293 Group page. News feeds and videos from here and overseas are aggregated onto this page in an easy to view format. Add your own news as well. RS:X / Techno293 on Facebook

Windsurfer Barbara Kendall one of two Athlete Role Models

Former New Zealand Olympic champions, Hamish Carter and Barbara Kendall announced their positions as Athlete Role Models for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Their new roles will see both Carter and Kendall attend the Youth Olympic Games to inspire and encourage the team of 58 promising New Zealand athletes.

Details of New Zealand National Ocean Water Sports Centre announced

Takapuna Beach was today confirmed as the venue for the National Ocean Water Sports Centre (NOWSC) by the Minister of Sport and Recreation the Hon. Murray McCully and North Shore City Mayor, Andrew Williams. Speaking at the nearby Takapuna Boating Club, the Minister confirmed that the $8million facility would cater for Sailing, Triathlon and Ocean Kayaking. The area is also used for a myriad of other ocean sports including ocean swimming, kite surfing, surfboats and surfing.

Details on new National Ocean Sports Centre at Takapuna on Monday afternoon

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Murray McCully will outline the details on a new National Ocean Sports Centre on Monday afternoon. Today the NZ Prime Minister, John Key, announced a raft of Government spending initiatives on High Performance Sport, this morning at the Millennium Centre, on Auckland's North Shore.

USA plan to reboot youth windsurfing backs up Windsurfing NZ approach

This recent interview with Nevin Sayre demonstrates how lucky NZ has been so far to be as successful as we have been on the International scene, particularly at the Olympics. The interview confirms not only the recent resurgence in windsurfing but also outlines the strategies for getting more kids into windsurfing and more success in competition. Its a powerful affirmation of the approach WNZ is taking to do the same here. Click more to see the full interview.

Windsurfing hero Barbara Kendall retires from Olympic competition

Barbara Kendall is retiring from Olympic competition after a wind surfing career spanning close to a quarter century and encompassing multiple Olympic and World Championship medals. Now 42 years of age, Barbara is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished athletes and a recognised role model.

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