Tom Ashley: he wins it all

2008 Olympic Gold medallist Tom Ashley convincingly won the 2010 New Zealand Men’s RS:X National Championships at Manly Sailing Club. This secures the double for Ashley who also won the Men’s RS:X at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland.

Kate Ellingham takes the Women’s RS:X National title for 2010.

Sailed over four days from 18th – 21st February competitors were challenged with mostly light and at times shifty winds, and one day of 25-28 knot winds on day two of the regatta.

“The strongest gust recorded on Friday was 36 knots on the race course,” reports Christiane Croft from Manly Sailing Club. “Both fleets, the RS:X and Bic Techno had their skills tested across the board.”

Nine races were sailed [with one discard] over four days off the waters at Big Manly Beach.

The National title for RS:X Men (9.5 rig) was taken out by Ashley with a 12 point lead over second placed Jon Paul Tobin and Nimrod Mashiah of Israel in third position.

In the total fleet of 34, including top ranking sailors from Germany, Italy, Israel, Greece, Korea, Canada and Noumea, the next best New Zealander was Antonio Cozzolino of Takapuna Boating Club in seventh position overall.

The RS:X Youth divison (under 18 years, 8,5 rig) was dominated and won by Thomas Goyard from Noumea, Oliver Gunman of Takapuna came second and in third was Sven Pedersen of Tauranga. Oliver Gunman, winner of the National Youth division title, will represent New Zealand at the Youth Worlds 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey in July.

Kate Ellingham of Takapuna took out the National title for RS:X Woman, placing second overall and only one point behind first placed Laura Linares from Italy. Moana Delle from Germany sailed into third position. Best New Zealand female Youth sailor was Georgia Schofield of Takapuna Boating Club.

Full results are on the Manly Sailing Club website http://www.manlysailingclub.org.nz . Sponsor of the event was Barfoot&Thompson, Whangaparaoa.

2010 Bic Techno National Championships

Sailed concurrently with the RS:X Nationals the Bic Techno National Championships were held at Manly Sailing Club recently. 22 sailors took part including internationals from Noumea.

Racing was run over three days, and like their senior counterparts, the Techno fleet sailed nine races [with one discard] to decide the titles.

Results for the under 17 year olds:
1st Enzo Pla, Noumea
2nd Antoine Aubert Noumea
3rd Hamish Dunning-Beck (Wakatere Boating Club) who is winner of the National title 2010
1st New Zealand female was Isobel Hawkins (Wakatere) placing 8th overall.

Results for the under 15 year olds:
1st Nicholas Goyard, Noumea
2nd Hugo Pla, Noumea
3rd Mitchell Rutter, Takapuna Boating Club


SOURCE: Windsurfing New Zealand