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Kiteboarding provides biggest fleet at Sail Melbourne

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Five weeks before the start of the first ever Sailing World Cup including the new events selected for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, the kiteboarding fleet is by far the biggest entry for the regatta, even outperforming the Laser class which usually provides the biggest fleet.

Up till now, 39 entries for the kiteboarding men event have been received. But not only in numbers, but also in nations spread the kiteboarding fleet is outstanding. 14 nations have signed up so far in the mens fleet, and 5 in the womens fleet, more than in any of the other classes.

More entries are expected in the remaining 4 weeks registration period, with the top sailors signing in after this years successful world championship in Cagliari, Italy a few weeks ago.

Registrations for Sail Melbourne as of 24.10.2012, sorted by number of entries. For comparision: 2011 and 2010 entries

Class Registrations 2012 Nations Entries 2011 Entries 2010
Kiteboard Men 38 14 -- --
Laser 28 8 63 66
Laser Radial 17 3 25 41
Kiteboard Women 10 5 -- --
470 Men 9 2 14 15
Finn 8 1 10 23
49er 6 1 7 22
470 Women 4 1 7 7
49er FX 4 3 -- --
RSX Men -- -- 11 13
RSX Women -- -- 9 17
Nacra 17 -- -- -- --



YNZ boardsailing coach declares kiteboarding ready for Rio

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Here is an excerpt of an article recently published in a New Zealand magazine:

Yachting New Zealand boardsailing coach Dave Robertson has declared kitesurfing ready for Rio, insisting criticisms of the fledgling Olympic class are ignorant talk.

Robertson has returned after New Zealand's first official dabble into the new Olympic sport, at the kiteracing world championships in Italy.

He was one of five Kiwis competing, finishing ninth in the 153-strong men's fleet in what was a highly useful reconnaissance mission. Justina Sellers was 10th in the women's fleet.



Reminder: Register for Sail Melbourne to secure important qualification points for the 2013 Worlds

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Sail Melbourne is just 6 weeks away - the first ISAF Sailing World Cup which includes kiteboarding.

The ISAF world rankings consider every riders top 6 results in the past 12 months - and the four Sailing World Cups (Melbourne, Miami, Palma, Hyeres) are the highest scoring events, with 200 points for the winner each.

The 2013 IKA Course Racing World Championship will have limited entry, and the selection will be strictly based on world ranking standings. The best way to ensure participation in the 2013 worlds is therefore to collect points at the Sailing World Cups.

Registration for Sail Melbourne can be done here: http://eventoffice.com/sm/team_product_selection.asp

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