Kiwis win New Zealand RSX in grandstand finish

Casper Bouman (NED1) leads the charge off the start line in the final race of the 2007 RSX NZ Nationals at Takapuna

2008 New Zealand Olympic representatives, Tom Ashley and Barbara Kendall have scored convincing wins in the 2007 RSX NZ National Championships sailed off Takapuna Beach.

Although both only won by narrow points margins, they dominated the final two days of racing, with Ashley scoring four wins and Kendall five in the nine and eight race series.

48 competitors from 16 countries contested the Mens event. In second overall was the very consistent Julien Bontemps (FRA) who finished just two points behind Ashley, with Casper Bouman (NED), in third, six points behind Ashley.

In the womens event, Kendall recovered from a poor first day to clock two more wins, today, giving her five wins from eight races. Even so, she was only a single point ahead of the very consistent Alessandra Sensini (ITA) who never finished worse than fourth in the eight race series. Joining Kendall and Sensini on the podium was Romy Kinzi (GER), who was 11 points behind Kendall. 35 sailors from 15 countries contested the Women's event.

All races today were sailed in a a building sea breeze which peaked at around 15 knots. Yesterday's overcast conditions gave way to brilliant sunshine and blue skies, making for very pleasant racing conditions off Takapuna Beach.

In three weeks time, the RSX World Championships for Men and Women will get underway at the same venue, and this weeks racing was the final regatta before the World series.

RS:X Men - Leading positions after 9 races, from 48 entries

1st NZL Tom Ashley -7 3 2 1 6 1 6 1 1 28 21 pts
2nd FRA Julien Bontemps 2 2 3 -18 2 3 2 6 3 41 23 pts
3rd NED Casper Bouman 10 1 1 2 1 6 1 -12 5 39 27 pts
4th POR Joao Rodrigues 4 49 4 7 3 4 4 9 12 96 47 pts
5th NED Dorian van Rijsselberge 3 6 11 3 -12 9 7 2 10 63 51 pts
6th DEN Jonas Kaeldso -29 17 6 6 8 7 3 3 4 83 54 pts
7th GRE Nikolas Kaklamanakis 49 10 8 11 17 2 11 7 2 117 68 pts
8th GRE Byron Kokalanis 49 7 22 4 5 5 8 10 9 119 70 pts
9th SUI Richard Staufacher 12 12 9 5 20 -26 5 5 13 107 81 pts
10th ISR Shahar Zubari 1 5 12 -28 9 18 9 16 20 118 90 pts

RS:X Women - Leading positions after 8 races, from 35 entries

1st NZL Barbara Kendall 7 -8 1 1 1 3 1 1 23 15 pts
2nd ITA Alessandra Sensini 2 1 -4 3 2 1 3 4 20 16 pts
3rd GER Romy Kinzl 8 4 2 2 10 6 2 2 36 26 pts
4th ESP Blanca Manchon 10 3 3 5 4 5 36 7 73 37 pts
5th ITA Flavia Tartaglini 3 2 6 8 6 -9 5 8 47 38 pts
6th UKR Olga Maslivets 6 10 -13 7 7 2 4 3 52 39 pts
7th FRA Charline Picon 4 -13 5 9 8 4 8 5 56 43 pts
8th GRE Angeliki Skarlatou -21 9 8 4 5 11 11 9 78 57 pts
9th FRA Faustine Merret 1 12 -16 6 9 14 7 11 76 60 pts
10th BUL Irina Konstantinova-Bontemps 5 5 7 13 10 8 -19 12 79 60 pts

First race in the World Championships in on the 13 January 2008. As well as the World Championship, the event will also serve as an Olympic Qualifer for the final positions at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao, China.

To see the full results for Men http://www.takapunaboating.org.nz/index.php?id=7,156,0,0,1,0!click_here and for the Women http://www.takapunaboating.org.nz/index.php?id=7,157,0,0,1,0!click_here