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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
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Janine Williams
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(09) 551 3213
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Paul Mackenzie
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Dave MacKay
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Jo Mackenzie
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Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
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RS:X News

10/12/2011

Petition against CENTRE Course: RS:X Men, Perth 2011 ISAF World Championships

Attention ISAF; the organising committee of the Perth 2011 World Championship; and all parties concerned:

09/12/2011

NZL sailors qualify for two Olympic events. After more action on the racecourse today, New Zealand is officially qualified for a spot on the start line of the 2012 Olympic Games in two classes; the Laser Radial and Women’s RS:X. Two more days of finals racing remain at the ISAF Sailing World Championships for the first four fleets, and it is looking promising that NZL will qualify the nation in the Men’s 470 and Finn classes too.

04/12/2011

NZHerald 4/12/2011: The Pole-turned-Kiwi is our leading hope in the women's boardsailing, a discipline where New Zealand has a solid pedigree. The 1999 world youth champion, she went on to enjoy some senior success before packing her board away in 2005. She finished 38th at the 2010 world championships, 21st at a world cup regatta in April, 16th at Sail for Gold at Weymouth in June and 10th at the Olympic test event at the same venue a month later. Her well planned schedule was hampered by a nasty training accident earlier this year, when she broke her leg sailing off Takapuna.

22/11/2011

New Zealand’s top tier Olympic class sailors are in the final stages of preparation for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and all sights are set on the podium. This regatta, opening on December 3rd, is set to be the most prestigious regatta before the 2012 Olympic Games, and is the principal qualification regatta for the Olympics.Mens RS:X (4 sailors) Tom Ashley, JP Tobin, Antonio Cozzolino, Carl Evans. Womens RS:X (3 sailors) Natalia Kosinka, Steff Williams, Justina Sellers

20/11/2011

Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin are contenders for an Olympic gold medal but under the qualification rules only one athlete per country can contest the class. Ashley is the defending Olympic champion but Tobin is the form athlete this year; he is also fuelled with ambition, having been in and out of Ashley's shadow during the last two Games cycles.

13/11/2011

J P took out a tightly contested competition from his training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge to reinforce his campaign for the 2012 Olympic berth.

30/08/2011

Beginner Techno's at Lake Pupuke along with a bunch of other keen sailors. Also involved in Murrays Bay Sailing Club.
Murrays Bay will run some Techno Starts. Could also include RSX's too. Probably will be windward leward races.

Cheers
Brian Haybittle
09 449 1527

Notice of Race
http://www.murraysbay.org/uploads/NOR%20ICE%20BREAKER%20REGATTA.pdf
Entry Form
http://www.murraysbay.org/uploads/Ice%20Breaker%20Regatta%20Entry%20Form...

20/08/2011

This is not to scare you. It's just to make you aware of what to do if you find yourself in an electrical storm with lightning strikes all around you. The answer is simple, if you are on flat water, drop the mast into the water and sit it out. The risk is minimal. in fact, if you were on land enjoying a good steak, the risk could probably be greater.
Ricardo (Bimba) Santos (BRA) takes up the story...

17/08/2011

ISAF Youth Worlds 2011, Zadar, Croatia. Georgia has competed recently at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Istanbul placing 10th. She is now aiming to get to next years ISAF Youth Worlds in Croatia to top it. Prepping for this with training in NZ and Overseas, attending Sail Melbourne, Sail Auckland and other top regattas to improve her sailing.

12/08/2011

New Zealand windsurfer Jon-Paul Tobin (left) has finished just outside the medals at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta at the Olympic venue where the first two of the medal races were sailed last night. Natalia Kosinska will be pleased with her tenth place finish at this event, she was ninth in the Women’s RS:X medal race overnight. “Super close finish for a podium spot,” Tobin says. “I landed in fourth just one point off ‘Pont’ (Poland) who claimed the bronze.”

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