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NZ Sailors Vie for Olympic Qualification

NZ Sailors Vie for Olympic Qualification

For Immediate Release:

Date: Wednesday 10 September 2003
Issued By: Louise Andrews, Communications & Projects Coordinator

2003 ISAF World Championships
11 - 25 September 2003
Bay of Cadiz, Spain

New Zealand's Olympic Yachting prospects have gathered in Cadiz attempting to qualify their class for a place at the 2004 Olympic Games, whilst also competing against top internationals and fellow New Zealanders to win the right to represent the Country in their respective classes.

Just under 50 New Zealand sailors will compete in the 2003 ISAF World Championship from 11 - 25 September, which is the key regatta for Olympic qualification. To date New Zealand has secured a place in three classes, both men and women's mistral and men's 470, all of the other classes still need to be qualified with ISAF, the International Sailing body, before a NZL crew can be sent to the Olympics.

On an individual level if any participant or crew in any class obtains an overall plackson

Europe: (Racing 12th - 18th)
Sarah Macky; Kate O'Brien

Mistral (Men): (Racing 15th - 21st)
Jon-Paul Tobin; James Wells; Tom Ashley; Matthew McCormick

Mistral (Women): (Racing 15th - 21st)
Barbara Kendall; Sheena McKinnon; Julie Worth; Anita Purdie

Tornado: (Racing 18th - 24th)
Aaron McIntosh / Mark Kennedy

Yngling: (Racing 14th - 20th)
Sharon Ferris / Joanna White / Sara Winther; Alesha Thorpe / Michelle Vinsen / Karen Lambert

49er: (Racing 18th - 24th)
Mike Bassett / Ed Smyth; Chris Burgess / Chris Skinner

Laser: (Racing 18th - 24th)
Robbie McMillan; Andrew Murdoch; David Weaver; Rod Dawson; Michael Bullot; Hamish Pepper

Star: (Racing 15th - 21st)
Rohan Lord / Andrew Taylor; Peter Delaney / Jim Bolland

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