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Rory reports: I may have been raw, sore and shell shocked when I got home from the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in Streza, Italy but a quick check on the web told me that I was not the only one. As I write the petition inviting ISAF to review their decision is past 13800 subscribers and the Facebook Group set up by others has 16,000 followers and climbing.

Olympic windsurfing - action to get the ISAF to reinstate windsurfing as an Olympic sport

In an unexplained move the ISAF decided to drop windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding. There should be room for both sports and there is no justification for dropping the most dynamic sailing class from the Olympics. There has been a strong backlash as a result of this decision and there is momentum to have windsurfing reinstated.

This page will act as a starting point for all information on this issue:


RS:X Class website

YNZ statement on 2016 Olympic events

At the conclusion of their mid-year meetings, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that kiteboarding will replace windsurfing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and that the New Zealand designed MacKay FX (now 49er FX) will be the new Olympic womens’ skiff discipline.

Yachting New Zealand is disappointed with the decision to replace windsurfing, however the announcement has also brought some welcome news for the NZ Sailing Community and Marine Industry through the confirmation of the 49er FX.

Petition to retain windsurfing in the Olympics

Regardless of what kind of windsurfing or kite boarding you do, the Techno293 / RS:X windsurfing pathway is still an important element of getting kids on the water. This is not an 'us or them' debate, many of the affiliated members of WNZ are kite boarders, its about doing what best for the wind sports. Lets keep windsurfing in the Olympics. Sign the petition, join the fight

Windsurfing community could fight the ISAF decision in November - support is accelerating

It would take a two thirds majority at ISAF’s annual general meeting in November to overturn the decision taken on a 19-17 vote by the ISAF council, but the windsurfing community appears to shaping up to fight the decision. Sailing is already doing everything it can to avoid being dropped from the Olympics, aware that it is the second most expensive sport to stage – equestrian is even more expensive – and that the entertainment, even cabaret, aspirations of the International Olympic Committee continue. On the one hand it (kiteboarding) should allow new nations to play catch-up in a game where the racing side is still rather underdeveloped worldwide. On the other, it trashes a lot of “pathway” programmes to bring windsurfer youth squads through, still has questions over exactly what equipment and race formats will be used, and leaves the RSX class of windsurfer, which was developed at ISAF’s request specifically for the Olympics, rather in the wilderness.

RS:X and Techno Class Associations respond to ISAF decision to drop windsurfing from Olympics

From the President RS:X and Techno Association NZ:
We have all woken up this morning to the news that once again ISAF has shown that their decision-making process is seriously flawed.

To remove Windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics is just bizarre. You only need to watch coverage of the Perth Worlds to see that the most exciting sailing going on was the RS:X.

ISAF Olympic Committee drops windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding

In a shock announcement ISAF has decided to drop windsurfing from Olympics in 2016 in a vote of 19 to 17. This was in contradiction to the recommendations of the earlier meeting which recommended that both sports were worth keeping, that the ISAF should ask for an extra set of medals for kiteboarding, but if that was not possible then windsurfing be retained as the Olympic class and kiteboarding including as a demonstration sport.

ISAF Events Committee consideration of windsurfing and kiteboarding at the Olympics 2016

Vote 1 - The Events Committee vote to include Kite in the ISAF family of events
Vote 2 - The Events Committee vote to recommend to the Council that the ISAF ask the IOC to get another set of medals for kite as a new discipline and therefore defer the final decision on the boards until November
Vote 3 - The Events Committee vote, that if the Council want to make a decision on the 2016 boards now, that the Events Committee recommendation is RS:X men and RS:X women be selected.

Windsurfing or Kiteboarding or both? The debate continues

The debate has begun ahead of the Mid Year meeting of the International Sailing Federation over the choice of classes for the , plus the future place of Kiteboarding.

An area which has not received a lot of publicity, is the report from the Evaluation Committee on the Kiteboarding Trials. It doesn't need a lot of amplification from us and can be read by clicking here. It is highly laudatory of the sport and formats. The dilemma for the ISAF will be how to work Kiteboarding into the Olympic program.

Lighter Winds at Hyeres - Natalia Kosinksa in RS:X Windsurfing needs to hold 10th for Medal Round

Day four of the ISAF World Cup Regatta in Hyeres brought light winds and inconsistent results for the first time in this event. It was the first of two days racing in the final series, based on rankings from the first three days of competition.
Natalia Kosinska had sixth and fourteenth place finishes in the Women’s RS:X Gold Fleet so she remains in Tenth spot overall. She will want to stay in this position or better at the end of tomorrow’s racing in order to make the final Medal race on Friday for the top ten competitors only.

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