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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

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Robyn Headifen
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Janine Williams
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Paul Mackenzie
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027 492 3865
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Dave MacKay
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Jo Mackenzie
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Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
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Stuart Pedersen - Tauranga Region
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RS:X News

01/04/2011

A strong contingent of New Zealand’s Olympic class sailors are in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the third of seven regattas which make up the prestigious ISAF Sailing World Cup. Tom Ashley is the only board sailor representing New Zealand.

15/03/2011

Light afternoon sea breezes and strange tsunami tidal effects made for two days of challenging racing at the windsurfing regatta at the weekend.

“We almost didn’t have an event with the civil defence warnings to stay away from the water for most of Saturday’ said event organiser Stuart Pedersen. ‘Our scheduled start time was 1pm and we talked to the local Coastguard twice in the morning before deciding to go ahead. Tsunami effects in the harbour were expected to be insignificant – we were certainly safe but the effects were quite noticeable. Twice we saw the tide reverse in quite a dramatic and unpredictable way, which made it very tricky to sail in – especially with light winds meaning board speeds were not high.”

10/03/2011

Don't worry about the commercial hype, listen to what Neil has to say about the target market for RS:One, the gap between the kids on Techno293 and the RS:X, the yacht clubs, the social racing and the girls/women. This aligns with the goals that Windsurfing NZ has been pushing. Click the title to haer (and see) Neil.

08/03/2011

2 times #1 in the world, but yet to sail in the Olympics, the goal is obvious for JP. To get there he has to first qualify as the sole NZ representative, and to do that he has to beat Tom Ashley, the current Olympic champion. He has taken the first step already by taking the National title from Ashley, but that won't count when it comes to the crunch. He's training alongside top Dutch sailor Dorian van Rijsselberge who is coached by kiwi 2000 Olympic bronze medallist Aaron McIntosh (TV3 video).

07/03/2011

Spring is in the air as all thoughts turn to St. Petersburg, Russia and the ISAF Mid Year Meeting. Submissions have to be in by 1200hrs UTC on March 10th then the lobbying will begin...

In the meantime, Here are main stories posted on www.rsxclass.com over the last 14 days.

02/03/2011

Yachting New Zealand’s appointed selectors have met to decide the New Zealand Team of sailors to compete at the Olympic Test Event Regatta in Weymouth from 1st – 14th August 2011. Representatives have been announced in seven of the ten Olympic classes with announcements in the remaining three classes to be made following June’s Sail for Gold Regatta, also on in Weymouth.

02/03/2011

AUCKLAND HERALD ON SUNDAY 20 /2/2011
Windsurfing lost out to cheaper extreme sports but is again attracting the attention of the young - and not so young. By Dennis Cole
FIND A breath of wind and you'll also find collections of little sails racing round the harbour, and closer to shore than the Lasers and Pclasses you will find windsurfers.
The sport has died down since its hey day in the 1980s — a combination of expensive, inaccessible equipment and a rise in other extreme sports such as snowboarding and skateboarding took the wind out of the sport's sails. But recently windsurfing has been changing its look: rather than racing from buoy to buoy youngsters are being drawn to free style windsurfing—flipping and spinning in the air to land tricks you'd more likely see on a snow or skateboard.

28/02/2011

'Kite Cross is only one of the possible kiteboarding formats for the Olympic Games, but surely a spectacular crowd pleaser !' Rick Schwendtner
The deadline for the submissions to be made for the 10 Olympic Sailing Events is approaching fast - it will be March 10, 2011. One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.

28/02/2011
The 2011 RS:X North American Championships are on-going with daily video reports being posted on http://www.rsxclass.com
In the meantime, we know that you have a lot of demands on your time so here are the key articles that have been posted over the last 14 days.
 
Take a minute or two now to find out what the issues are...
24/02/2011

At an ISAF Grade 1 event like 2011 Sail Auckland Regatta the big name Olympic sailors tend to get the spotlight, when there are plenty of interesting and hard fought battles going on at age-group level across all the fleets. Of the RS:X 8.5 male youth sailors Sven Pedersen came out on top of Enzo Pla in second and Kal Rutter in third. In the female youth equivalent NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team representatives from 2010 Georgia Schofield was the top placed sailor ahead of Naomi Mannering and Isobel Hawkins. When combined the female winner, Georgia Schofield, was the second best placed youth sailor overall in the 8.5.

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