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International RS:X and Formula Championships

Thu 18 Feb 2010 - Sun 21 Feb 2010
Manly Sailing Club - Whangaparoa

Manly Sailing Club, Laurence Street, Manly, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand The Organising Authority is the Manly Sailing Club, PO Box 803, Whangaparaoa.

IMPORTANT: Update to Notice of Race

  • Competitors must be Resident in NZ (instead of NZ Citizen) to take the National Title.
  • Competitors must be members of WNZ (instead of financial members of a national club).

Formula racing

Early planing boards and big sails...
During the late 90's a whole new concept of boards and sails became available on the market. These early planing boards and big sails made it possible to have "funboard-type" competition in a wider range of windspeeds, with planing races from 7knots.

The concept of Formula Windsurfing was born in France, who successfully pioneered Formula competition in 1998.

Windsurfing options - there are more than you think!

  • Techno 293 - the 'junior' Olympic class, the ideal entry for young sailors. The skills learned here will set kids up for any kind of windsurfing, and of course there's always the possibility of yet another Olympic medal
  • RS:X Olympic - the current Olympic class board on which Tom Ashley won the Beijing Olympic Gold in 2008

Olympics 2012: RS:X or Formula?

At this weeks ISAF meeting amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. While a lighter planing board would be welcomed by many athletes, it seems there are a lot of factors to consider.

Olympic windsurfing OD board - the debate continues

Selection for 2012: An open letter to Starboard

Whilst I admire Svein’s zeal for promoting Olympic windsurfing, I have 16 years of experience in managing both IMCO and now the RS:X classes. This has lead me to the following conclusions

YNZ News extracts - Ashley speaks to Laser sailors, Cozzolino takes Formula title

Yachting New Zealand’s Olympic Squad members Jo Aleh and Tom Ashley took time out from their busy schedules to give attendees of the New Zealand Laser Association’s Annual Laser Nationals Dinner an insight into their lives on the campaign trial to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Day 4 FW-2008 Australia. Moderating winds on the final race day. Cozzolino wins Lightweight division.

Conditions lightened today for the final day of racing at the 2008 Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships. New Zealand RS:X sailor Antonio Cozzolino (NZL-131, Starboard/NeilPryde) put in a strong performance considering he used a smaller sail than the rest of the fleet (9.5m RS:X sail) and managed to hold onto his 7th position overall and took out the Lightweight division.

Day 3 FW-2008 Australia. Allen continues to dominate, Vesterstrom fights back, Cozzolino (NZL131) maintains 7th position.

Suttons Beach continues to turn on the wind and perfect racing conditions for the competitor at the 2008 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic and Australian Championships. With 18-24 knots on the course throughout the day and the large swells and difficult shorebreak still present, the conditions pushed the racers to the limits.

FW-2008 Australia. Racing gets under way on day 2 after ballistic winds on day 1. Cozzolino is best kiwi in 7th

Antonio Cozzolino sailed consistently on day 2 (9,7,7,6) to hold 7th place. Other kiwis sit near the middle of the 29 strong fleet.


AGM Formula Experience Class
NOTICE is given of the 2007 Annual General Meeting of the Formula Experience Class to be held on Wednesday 15th August 2007 @ 20.00hrs. Venue: Hotel Pirita Top Spa, Pirita, Talinn, Estonia.
Techno 293 Class Annual General Meeting - Date Change!
Please note that the Annual General Meeting for the Techno 293 Class will now be held on Tuesday 4th September 2007.

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