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RS:X - the Olympic class

The RS:X came about as a result of a successful bid by NeilPryde WIndsurfing to supply one design windsurfing equipment for the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The RS:X was designed in 2004 and went into production in 2005.

The RS:X design features a high technology rig, with carbon mast and boom, a ‘wide-style’ board that merges modern windsurf board design with a centreboard, thus enabling competitions to he held in virtually any condition from 3 to 30 knots. This means that the RS:X is always a dynamic, versatile class to observe, and racing is always close, exciting and visually appealing.

Two sizes of sail are available for competitors. Men use a 9.5m sail while women and youth use an 8.5m sail. The sail, rig and board have been designed in conjunction with each other in order to to ensure a high level of design synergy.

The RS:X Class Association was established in November 2006, and is critical to the establishment and ongoing development of the RS:X as an international Olympic Class.

The RS:X is the most affordable yachting class that is eligible for competition in the Olympic Games. It is also very easy to transport, as it can be carried on commercial aircraft as excess baggage, thus allowing sailors to compete internationally at minimal expense. This allows the scheduling of many regattas which can be attended by a large number of sailors from all over the world.

The inaugural RS:X World Championships were held at Lake Garda, Italy, and featured some 244 competitors. Subsequent World Championship Regattas in 2007 Cascais, Portugal and in 2008 Auckland, New Zealand attracted 186 and 193 sailors respectively.

More than 3000 sets of equipment have been sold since production started in 2005 to competitors in more than 50 nations in 6 continents.

The RS:X Class is actively involved in developing racing fleets in the U21, U19 and U17 Age Divisions who compete in separate World and Continental Championships. It should be noted that only the U19 Division is awarded World Championship titles for Youth Men and Youth Women recognised by ISAF due to the strict limitations that they impose on their number.

The RS:X Class has recently launched the RS:X Reach-4-The-Top Training Programmes to assist National Sailing Federations, Athletes, Coaches and National Technical officials gain more knowledge and experience. The class is actively organising clinics and training camps worldwide.

http://rsx.windsurfingnz.org

Watch some videos on the RS:X class.

RSX Windsurfer Class Association (details may be out of date) as registered at http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/AllClassAssociation.aspx
Boat Type Boardsailing
Mailing Address
PO Box 803
WHANGAPARAOA 0943

Next National Championship16 Feb 2012

Treasurer
Robyn Headifen
Publicity Officer
Janine Williams
j.s.williams@xtra.co.nz
(09) 551 3213
President
Paul Mackenzie
themackenzies@xtra.co.nz
027 492 3865
Measurer
Dave MacKay
dave@mackayboats.com
021 470 611
Admin Secretary
Jo Mackenzie
themackenzies@xtra.co.nz
027 480 2618
Contact
Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
g.a.bowater@clear.net.nz
Contact
Stuart Pedersen - Tauranga Region
stuart.pedersen@gmail.com

RS:X News

23/02/2017

Olympic Class Windsurfing History.

Windsurfing has been an Olympic class since 1981.

01/02/2017

Dates and venue are set for the RS:X, Raceboard and Techno 293 Nationals.
Hope to see you all there.
There is an open invitation to all our past NZ champions to form a team and come and sail a race or two with us.
We will supply the kit. Be great to see a dream team out off Taka.
https://www.facebook.com/RSXandTechnoNZ/

06/04/2016

Help continue the New Zealand Olympic Windsurfing Legacy by giving Natalia the best possible chance of selection for the 2016 Olympic Games!
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nataliasolympicwindsurfingselectioncampaign
Click link or read on for more details - and watch for further events and opportunities to support Natalia (and have fun)



20/03/2016

The Raceboard, RS:X and Techno North Island Champs were run alongside the Formula Windsurfing Nationals 2016 (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March) at Manly.

RS:X North Island Results
https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/2016%20RSX.docx?token=AWwZ6iaKOx7IL99dF...

Techno North Island Results

02/04/2015

The Formula and Raceboard Windsurfing class combined their Nationals with the “Kendall Cup” to create a strong field from around New Zealand in a two day regatta at Manly Sailing Club.

Manly Sailing Club’s wonderful facilities and setting, coupled with the enthusiasm of volunteers made for a great welcome on a perfect day for racing on
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March 2015.
A light northerly breeze of 7 to 12 knots along with “that” competitive nature enticed the 19 sailors to rig the big sails.

09/02/2015

Come on board! Donate now! Claim a 'Perk' and go into a monthly prize draw. Become part of the team supporting four young New Zealand Windsurfers. They have been nominated for the Youth Worlds and Youth Olympics. Go Kiwis!!! https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3iuV6



09/12/2014

NOR and Entry form for the RSX and Techno nationals in Lyttelton have now been approved by YNZ and are available for download. We will have more information later this week regarding the week of coaching that will proceed this event. Looking forward to good wind and a fun event. Andrea Bowater 0274359475 (NOR and Entry Form links also below)

23/09/2014

Open to anyone who can sail a windsurfer on a triangular course, regatta, course, Formula - all welcome!
http://awa.org.nz/?page_id=2
https://www.facebook.com/RSXandTechnoNZ
NOR http://www.manlysailingclub.org.nz/

19/09/2014

Both Jon Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska have bowed out of the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships without making the top ten sailors, and neither will sail tomorrow’s medal race.

Both have however sailed well enough to qualify New Zealand for a Rio 2016 Olympic berth in the both the men’s and women’s windsurfing. 18 places were on offer for the men at this regatta and Tobin has finished 16th overall, well inside the top 18 nations.

29/07/2014

Hello again! A very jet lagged Xanthe here, I arrived back into Auckland last Monday afternoon and was back at work straight away. (Might I add, the weather in this country is far too cold for my liking!)

So I have had a week to think about writing this email and figure out how to summarise such an awesome two weeks of the most intense racing I’ve ever done, in some of the most testing conditions and against some of the best under 19 female windsurfers in the world. Here is what I came up with:

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