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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

24/06/2014

Xanthe gives a run down on what she's done, what she's doing and what she'll be doing in the future.

Hello again!
I think the last time I wrote to all of you was when I returned from the youth worlds in Italy last October; so we have a lot to catch up on!

19/04/2014

Patrick showed his developing talent as his placings at the event clearly showed. A first in race 1 and firsts in the final two rounds were not enough to place him higher in a highly competitive fleet which was the class to watch at the event. Patrick:"Have had such an awesome event over the past 5 days with close racing and plenty of action. Glad to have finished on a high by winning the last two races.

12/02/2014


Naval Point Club Lyttelton and Canterbury Windsports are pleased to welcome junior windsurfers from throughout New Zealand to improve their skills and have a fun time.

We have put together a fantastic lineup of coaches with the help of funding from Yachting NZ and Canterbury Windsports.

Course racing, Slalom, Freestyle- we have it covered as well as advice on fitness, diet, equipment tuning and gear choice.

Coaching 20 to 23th January, a rest day on 24th, and racing 25th and 26th.

19/11/2013

North Island RS:X, Techno and Formula Windsurfing Champs are coming up in a couple of weeks in Rotorua. There will also be a Windsurfer Open Division and Techno will have a Green Fleet Division. Rotorua Yacht Club is putting on a Barbeque on the Saturday night for a small charge (to be confirmed) and have promised wind! It would be great to see everyone down there.

29/10/2013

Pat hit the water on the penultimate day gutted to have missed the Gold Fleet cut off by one place but knowing the Silver Fleet was still full of really strong sailors. He knew he had to go through his processes as always and just keep sailing at his absolute best. Be bottom of the Gold Fleet and you can only go up, top of the Silver Fleet is tough. (read full report)

28/10/2013

As you can probably tell, I am now on my way home, currently waiting in transit in Singapore Airport, after completing yet another world championship. I arrived in Italy on the 15th October and spent the first 5 days training ... my very first day out was around 20-25 knots with the biggest waves I have ever sailed in, around meters of swell paired with a sharp chop...(click through for Xanthe's full and very readable account)

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