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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.

Watch some videos on the RS:X class.

RSX Windsurfer Class Association (details may be out of date) as registered at
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Next National Championship16 Feb 2012

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RS:X News


DUTCH Olympic windsurfer Dorian Van Rijssel-berge is celebrating a stroke of good fortune after his stolen raceboard was found just in time for the 2012 test event. Dorian, 22, who is Holland’s top RS:X windsurfer, was amazed when just days after appealing for help to find the stolen kit in the Dorset Echo, his team’s chef uncovered it in bushes by a Weymouth beach.


Tonight in Weymouth Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Konsinska will line up for the windsurfing Medal Races, while the 49er, Finn and Star fleets will be back out for more qualifying races. Medal races count double points and only involve the top 10 positions from the earlier rounds.
6th - Jon-Paul Tobin: RS:X Men (6, 6, 9, 16, 5, 11, 2, 4, 21, 1)
10th - Natalia Kosinska: RS:X Women (12, 10, 4, 7, 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 8)


It was a day of mixed fortunes for Jon-Paul Tobin who has affirmed his position in the Men’s RS:X Medal Race set to take place on Thursday in Weymouth, after another rest day. Opening the day with a 21st place Tobin bounced back to take a win in the final qualifying race of the series.
Natalia Kosinska has earned a place in the Women’s RS:X Medal Race, but only just, qualifying as the 10th placed sailor in the fleet of 28. To improve and achieve an 8th place finish is well within her reach given the narrow two point gap and this will ensure a hard fought battle in Thursday’s Medal Race between her, the Canadian and the Australian all close on points.


Jon-Paul Tobin had his best day of the regatta yet, back on the water after a rest day to finish 2nd and 4th in the two races sailed. “Superb conditions for racing today,” he declared at the end of the day, pleased with how it went.
The good results provide him big gains in the overall standings climbing from 8th to 5th as the series moves into the business end. Points are tight around Tobin who has 43; Prezemyslaw Miarczynski of Poland is just in front with 40, while French sailor Julian Bontemps is two points behind on 45.


Windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska will be back on the water tonight after a rest day.
8th - Jon-Paul Tobin: RS:X Men (6, 6, 9, 16, 5, 11)
8th - Natalia Kosinska: RS:X Women (12, 10, 4, 7, 7, 11)


JP Tobin slips off the pace a little, back to 8th, but Natalia has moved up to 7th! Natalia Kosinska tackled the tricky shifts in fine form returning two solid races – a 5th and a 7th – to improve her overall position in the Women’s RS:X fleet up to 7th overall, climbing four places overnight. Jon-Paul Tobin is 8th place in the Men’s RS:X after a 9th and a 16th in racing last night.


The RS:X Evolution program will feature a lighter board which will perform as fast as the Formula or large Slalom boards and will remain the cheapest sailing boat with the most consistent performance within the Olympic sailing scene. Also a new updated more powerful rig, with a bigger wind range and featuring an extremely colorful fresh new look.


Racing started over night for kiwi windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta – the official London Test Event for sailing competition one year out from the 2012 London Olympic Games. On the opening day Tobin placed 6th in both of the two men’s RS:X races sailed which puts him in 6th place overall at this early stage. GBR’s Nick Dempsey and Tobin’s Dutch training partner Dorian van Rijsselberge are all tied up at the top of the table having each scored a win and a 2nd. Kosinska opened with a 12th and a 10th in the two races sailed in the 28-strong RS:X Women’s fleet which puts her in 11th position on the leader board. Spain’s Marina Alabau dominated on day one with two races wins and consequenlty the early lead.


The third day of the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta saw the start of the Men's and Women's RS:X and Nick Dempsey (GBR) and Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) are locked on three points apiece after they both recorded a bullet and second place finish.


Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska will be the first of the NZL Sailing Team to start racing at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta when competition gets underway for the RS:X windsurfers this Thursday, 4th August, in the UK. Tobin and Kosinska are two of the 13-strong sailing team at the Olympic venue for this significant regatta which puts everyone’s planning and preparation to the test just twelve months out from the 2012 Olympic Games.

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