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RS:X World windsurfing championships - Tthe fans are betting on Nimrod and Lee

Olympic windsurfing is big in Israel. Out the six medals won by athletes for their country, at least 3 have been in windsurfing so it's not surprising that windsurfing fans in Israel are so passionate about their stars.

As always we ran a quick poll of the nearly 5000 fans on the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Facebook page to find out what they were thinking. There's money at stake this time after all. The winner will not only be the RS:X World Champion but also he or she will be US $6,5oo richer too.

The Buzz is building + there's $45k to be won - RS:X World Windsurfing Championships

With just a week before the first race in the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships in Cadiz, Spain, the buzz is building. 3 or 4 practice races are going off every day with more than 100 boards in each start.
There is no time to waste. Training, tuning, getting your head in the right place. Nothing is left to chance in this last big chance to win and win big before the London Olympic Regatta
Gaining the psychological advantage here will pay dividends later... And will pay in cold hard cash too

Wall to Wall Talent at the RS:X Windsurfing Worlds

JP Tobin has been picked for the New Zealand team over his arch rival Tom Ashley, the 2008 Olympic Gold medalist. He reckons he's about 90% right at the moment but better watch out because Tom is looking for blood in his own quiet way. No doubt smarting over being overlooked for London he has a case to prove and won't quit until he does... read more about the top contenders and the battles that are expected.

Bic Techno Oceania’s and RS:X National Championships 2012

February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting a fair course off Manly Beach.

A Techno competition doubled as the Oceania's and the NZ Nationals. There were four competitors from Noumea and one from Australia as well as a bunch of new local sailors in this class.

Final Day and Final Results - Techno Oceanias and RS:X NZ Nationals

February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting a fair course. The boards again took to the water after lunch and only managed one short race in each class before the wind dropped. Even though it was onshore the wind proved to be very shifty.

RS:X Windsurfing - Fin and Sail Equipment Evaluation

The RS:X Class is pleased to announce their test event to evaluate possible changes to the current RS:X equipment for the next quadrennial. After consulting ISAF and Neil Pryde and taking due account of the world economic situation, the class has decided to withdraw the lightweight hull from the process and focus on granular testing fins and sails only.

Sail Auckland 2012 largely becalmed on final day - RS:X gets 2 races away

The final day of Sail Auckland 2012 was plagued by light winds and extremely shifty conditions.
There were no races completed today in the 470, 420, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn, so final results in those divisions are the ones that remain from yesterday. The RS:X, SKUD 18 and 2.4mR were the lucky three classes to finish both of their races as scheduled, and the 29er and 49er skiffs had just one.

NZL Sailing Team lead at Sail Auckland

New Zealand’s selected Olympians for 2012 are all proving their status as top in their fleet of NZ, and two National Champions are about to emerge as favourable conditions continued today.
The Women’s RS:X now sees Kohimarama Yacht Club’s Steffanie Williams in the lead, with Australia’s Jessica Crisp and the NZL Sailing Team’s Natalia Kosinska only a handful of points behind. The highly competitive Men’s RS:X standings have remained the same today, with Switzerland’s Richard Stauffacher maintaining a narrow lead over 2011 Men’s RS:X World Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands. JP Tobin (Men’s RS:X ) is giving time for his foot wound to heal and is not competing.

Sail Auckland - ISAF / RS:X

Fri 3 Feb 2012 - Tue 7 Feb 2012
Auckland

Sail Auckland is an ISAF Grade 1 Olympic and invited classes regatta to be held 3-7 February 2012 at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Auckland. Competing classes include RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Flying Fifteen, F18, Skud 18, Access Liberty, Access 303 and 2.4mR.

Participants may enter for this event online www.sailauckland.org.nz. The registration cut off is January 28th- so get in quick to avoid disappointment- late entries will not be accepted this year!

Neil Pryde - a brief history and opinions on kites at the Olympics

Will kites fly at the Olympics? - Sail World talk to Neil Pryde about his career, his company and the future of kites at the Olympics ...

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