Tom takes it by one point!... Now its up to the NZL selectors
Posted On: 25/01/2004 23:36:47
With Ashley and Wells on equal points leading into the final race the pressure was on. Current IMCO Youth World Champion, 19 year old Devonport sailor Tom Ashley was the eventual winner of the trial, a mere one point ahead of James Wells, with Jon-Paul Tobin a further four points behind.
From here the selection process is for the winners of each class to be considered by the Yachting New Zealand selection panel of Terry Nicholas, Glen Sowry and Grant Beck. The ultimate decision lies with the selectors, they can either directly forward the nomination to the New Zealand Olympic Committee or ask the sailor to prove they are capable of finishing in the top ten at the Games, by reviewing their performance at a series of world class European regattas in the coming months.