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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

03/02/2011

Sail Auckland 2011 got underway today with nine fleets racing on three courses scattered up the Hauraki Gulf north of Takapuna Beach in a westerly offshore breeze which was light and shifty at times but provided good racing across all classes. In what will no doubt be an interesting battle over the next three days, New Zealand’s best including Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin today started battling it out with internationals Dorian van Rijsselberge from the Netherlands, and Lee Byunggun of Korea.

03/02/2011

Sail Auckland is an ISAF Grade 1 Olympic Classes Regatta to be held 2 – 6 February 2011. In 2011 for the first time the event will be hosted from the Takapuna Boating Club on the North Shore of Auckland. Competing classes include RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Tornado & 2.4R. The World’s best will be on the Men’s RS:X race track with both NZL Sailing Team representatives – Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin in the fleet plus top international Dorian van Rijsselberge from the Netherlands. Former 470 helm, and one of New Zealand’s youngest Olympians in 2008, Carl Evans is now on the board and will go head to head with Ashley and Tobin at Sail Auckland 2011. Kate Ellingham and Natalia Kosinska line up in the Women’s fleet. http://www.sailauckland.org.nz/

31/01/2011

We appreciate that you are very busy with a lot to get done so may not have time to check www.rsxclass.com for the latest news every day. To make your life simple, RS:X Class Assoc have put the January News Digest  all together in one email for you. Our aim is to keep you up-to-date with what's going on in our world. The world of RS:X windsurfing. There's a lot happening and  plenty more to come so click away...

13/01/2011

The countdown is on to Sail Auckland 2011 with just three weeks until registration day for New Zealand’s premier regatta for Olympic, Paralympic and invited classes.

Mark your diary...

What: Sail Auckland 2011
When: Racing on 3, 4, 5 and 6 February, 2011
Venue: Takapuna Boating Club
Olympic Classes including: RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, 470, Finn and 49er
Paralympic classes including: 2.4 metre, SKUD18 (more info here)
Other classes including: 420 and 29er

13/12/2010

NZ Herald: Even in Poland, Barbara Kendall was famous and now a young Polish boardsailor is keen for the name of Kosinska to rate up there with Kendall in New Zealand windsurfing. The Poles have some of the best sailors in the world; their men took gold and silver at the 2010 world championships. One of their former champions, Natalia Kosinska, now calls New Zealand home and aims to represent her adopted country at the London Olympics in 2012.
"Even in Poland Barbara Kendall was a guru when I was young," recalls Kosinska. "I don't know if I can be the next Barbara - but I certainly want to try."

13/12/2010

NZ Herald: Tom Ashley can't remember the last time he was asked for an autograph. The Beijing Olympic boardsailing gold medallist says that, other than some local Devonport kids, he hasn't been recognised in public since late 2008. The lack of profile is no problem for the 26-year-old; in fact it seems to suit him. "I think it is great, it's an advantage," he says. "It would be quite tiresome being a celebrity."

02/12/2010

SAIL AUCKLAND 2011 ISAF Grade 1 regatta Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th February 2011 needs volunteers to help make the regatta a success.

22/11/2010

A team of New Zealand’s Olympic class campaigners have been competing in Fremantle at the Perth International Regatta where the final races were sailed yesterday and the medals presented. The notorious ‘Fremantle Doctor’ was in full force in the lead-up to the regatta, but failed to show when racing got underway and the event was hampered by postponements and shortened schedules.

22/11/2010

Triple Olympic medallist, Barbara Kendall was one of six women honoured at a NZ Olympic Committee function on Thursday night at the Heritage Hotel. The six women were all Gold medalists at Olympic Games, starting with Yvette Williams (1952, Long Jump), Barbara Kendall (1992, Windsurfer), Sarah Ulmer (2004, Track Cycling), Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell (2004 and 2008, Rowing) and Valerie Vili (2008, Shot Put).

21/11/2010

Paul Henderson, former President of ISAF thinks windsurfing is no longer relevant. For many of us windsurfing is a personal thing and both the Olympics and ISAF are not particularly relevant, however it is a significant world stage which raises the profile of the sport and brings in new blood. Imagine what it would be like if windsurfing was freed from the constraints of being a sailing hybrid, and was allowed to show its true colours! This is my personal response to this view and I'd appreciate feedback (Bruce Spedding).

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