Tobin's clean sweep all in preparation

06:13, Feb 05 2013

JP Tobin tuned up for next month's windsurfing world championships in Brazil with a clean sweep of the RS:X 9.5 class at the Sail Auckland regatta.

Tobin, seventh at last year's Olympics, was one of only three sailors to win every race at the four-day International Sailing Federation grade one Olympic-class event, which finished today amid strong wind gusts of up to 30 knots on the Waitemata Harbour.

The other undefeated sailors were Paralympic representatives; Paul Francis won every race of the 2.4mR fleet, and Australian Genevieve Wickham with New Zealand Paralympic coach Charlie Baillie Strong won every one of the SKUD 18.

Despite the testing conditions, all 15 fleets sailed their final races today.

As anticipated, the only females entered in the 470 fleet, Olympic gold medallists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, beat all the blokes, winning the regatta with a sizeable 12-point margin.

Paul Snow-Hansen, who placed fifth in the men's 470 at London 2012, finished the regatta in second overall (with stand-in crew Chris Dawson), tied on points with James Turner and Carl Evans. Snow-Hansen and Dawson won the final race of the regatta.


Snow Hansen plans to campaign in the 470 again toward 2016 with Aucklander Dan Willcox.

Jason Saunders, Snow-Hansen's crew from London 2012, won the F18 fleet with helmswoman Gemma Jones. The new pairing won six of the 10 races sailed, and they plan to campaign together in the new Olympic mixed multihull division, the Nacra 17. 

Also sailing in a new Olympic class is Alex Maloney and Molly Meech in the girls' 49er FX skiff. Although they too spent a bit of time wrestling to return their boat to right-way-up, they can be pleased with their record of 10 race wins from 11 starts.

Andrew Murdoch finally won a race in the Finn, the very last one of the regatta.

The former Laser champion wound up second overall in the standings behind Josh Junior who dominated the 10-boat fleet. Experienced Finn campaigner Matt Coutts ranked third on the leaderboard, five points behind Murdoch.

The 49er men's division was won by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, while second place went to their training partners Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski, who managed to beat the Olympic silver medallists to the finish line only once.

Australian sailors also took home the trophies from both the Laser class (Ash Brunning) and Access Liberty (Russell Phillips).

Andy Maloney was hot on the tail of Brunning, eventually completing the 11-race regatta just two points behind. Training partner Sam Meech of Tauranga was third.

The Laser Radial fleet was convincingly won by Andrew Mckenzie. He had a 15 point buffer on London 2012 Olympian Sara Winther who had an OCS (over the start line too early) in the very last race of the regatta.

On the final day of kiteboard racing, Tauranga's Torrin Bright extended his lead on the fleet of 20 riders, winning his sixth race on the trot.

The Press