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Day 5 at Weymouth - JP Tobin kicks in, Natalia holds top 10

Jon-Paul Tobin had his best day of the regatta yet, back on the water after a rest day to finish 2nd and 4th in the two races sailed. “Superb conditions for racing today,” he declared at the end of the day, pleased with how it went.
The good results provide him big gains in the overall standings climbing from 8th to 5th as the series moves into the business end. Points are tight around Tobin who has 43; Prezemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland is just in front with 40, while French sailor Julian Bontemps is two points behind on 45.

Weymouth day 3 - Kiwi RS:X windsurfing sailors return solid results

Solid results from New Zealand’s two RS:X windsurfers sees them both feature in eighth position on their respective leader boards. Jon-Paul Tobin returned a 5th and an 11th in last night’s two races, Natalia Kosinska a 7th and an 11th.

Kiwis kick off in Weymouth at Olympic Test Event

Racing started over night for kiwi windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta – the official London Test Event for sailing competition one year out from the 2012 London Olympic Games. On the opening day Tobin placed 6th in both of the two men’s RS:X races sailed which puts him in 6th place overall at this early stage. GBR’s Nick Dempsey and Tobin’s Dutch training partner Dorian van Rijsselberge are all tied up at the top of the table having each scored a win and a 2nd. Kosinska opened with a 12th and a 10th in the two races sailed in the 28-strong RS:X Women’s fleet which puts her in 11th position on the leader board. Spain’s Marina Alabau dominated on day one with two races wins and consequenlty the early lead.

J P Tobin has RS:X windsurfing gear stolen days out from Weymouth and Portland International Regatta

Top Dutch windsurfer Dorian Van Rijsselberge, New Zealand’s Jon-Paul (JP) Tobin and Canada’s Zac Plavsic say their idyllic stay in Weymouth ‘turned sour’ when thousands of pounds worth of unique kit was taken from a lock-up on Castle Cove Beach. The specialist pieces of one-design RS:X windsurf race kit are worth little to the average windsurfer but are ‘priceless’ to them – representing months of research to find the best possible equipment for speed. Dorian, 22, said: “It was my board, Zac’s rig, JP’s mast, fins and daggerboard.

J P Tobin to join 64 other RS:X sailors in Weymouth

Sixty five RS:X sailors will look to set an early marker one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition as they compete at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, the London 2012 Olympic Test Event, from 31 July to 13 August.

More from J P Tobin on his battle with Tom Ashley to represent NZ in RS:X windsurfing in the 2012 Olympics

It is simply a fact of New Zealand sailing life that the board sailing class has been populated by a string of high calibre athletes, going back to Bruce Kendall, gold medallist in Seoul 23 years ago through Tobin's coach Aaron McIntosh, and now Ashley and Aucklander Tobin - not to forget Barbara Kendall and her gold/silver/bronze trifecta from 1992.

Bibs presented to Pre-Olympic competitors and Tom Ashley talks about his competition with J P Tobin to represent NZ in Olympic RS:X windsurfing.

Competition bibs were presented, this morning, to the NZL Sailing team who will be sailing in the 2011 Pre-Olympics at Weymouth, England in early August. Yachting New Zealand has named crews for nine of the ten events, including J P Tobin in the RS:X. In an interview with Newstalk ZB's, Peter Montgomery, Tom Ashley talks of the reasons for his performance in Weymouth, and where to from here.

Jon-Paul P Tobin reports on Weymouth, RS:X windsurfing and the way forward

Weymouth is really becoming like a home away from home, as the Olympic sailing venue the plan is to spend more time on site and become increasingly more tuned in to the local nuances…the setup is ideal, conditions are superb and a sharp organizing team are on track to deliver a truly unique Olympic sailing competition.

Windsurfers for Olympic Test Event named

Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce the final selections for the New Zealand Team to compete at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, otherwise known as the Pre-Olympics or Olympic Test Event, on in early August this year. Yachting New Zealand’s selectors have today announced that Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska will represent New Zealand in the Men’s and Women’s RS:X windsurfing events. They join those sailors named in March this year to make up the New Zealand Team to sail at this important event staged just one year from the real deal Olympic Games.

Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - RS:X windsurfing - J P Tobin claims silver in medal race

RS:X Men: Jon-Paul Tobin had to settle for silver after an exciting on-water two-way battle went the way of the local sailor Nick Dempsey who claimed the gold.

“Coming into the medal race with a one point advantage over Nick Dempsey the Gold simply came down to who beat who,” explains Tobin. “From the gun it was on...just four seconds between us at the finish in favour of Nick giving him the overall by one point.”

Despite missing the gold this is Tobin’s best ever result on the RS:X at an ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta.

Tom Ashley finished the regatta in 9th place.

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