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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
Boat Type Boardsailing
Mailing Address
PO Box 803

Next National Championship16 Feb 2012

Robyn Headifen
Publicity Officer
Janine Williams
(09) 551 3213
Paul Mackenzie
027 492 3865
Dave MacKay
021 470 611
Admin Secretary
Jo Mackenzie
027 480 2618
Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
Stuart Pedersen - Tauranga Region

RS:X News


While the lobbying will be frantic ahead of the ISAF Council deliberations and vote, the simple point is that this is not about who is the best lobbyist, who runs the best PR campaign, produces the best DVD or YouTube clip, or who is the most politically astute. It is about the people who aren't there, particularly the young sailors who they need classes they aspire to sail, and which will make them want to stay in sailing. And that is not in boats that are beloved by the older generation. Richard Gladwell-


Will ISAF get trapped by political concessions for 2016 ?
A lot has been written about the ISAFs Olympic Commissions report and the resulting Executive Committee submission in the last weeks. This opinion piece from echoes comments made to the same publication by Windsurfing NZ which so far have been unacknowledged.


This may or may not be attributable to Dunedin's Animation Research but it certainly builds on the work done by them on Virtual Spectator for the Americas Cup. A pretty impressive animation showing racing between RS:X sailors, this could be a key factor in windsurfing and other sailing disciplines remaining in the Olympic stable. See what you think, check out the result of falling off on a gybe - read more to view youtube clips.


The NOR has been updated and can be downloaded here.
More information on this event can be obtained on the Techno website or RSX website.


This LIVE Q&A Session is with Bas Edmonds (GBR) and this time we'll be making a deep dive into the Equipment Rules of Sailing as they apply to windsurfing. Bas is the RS:X Class Chief Measurer and ISAF Class Rules Sub-Committee member whose experience is driving RS:X class rules compliance


The second Reach 4 The Top: LIVE Q&A CALL is on. This LIVE Q&A Session is with Andrus Poksi [EST] and we'll be discussing the 'Essential Racing Rules'. Yes... the RRS as they apply to windsurfing.

Andrus is an ISAF International Judge and sits on the ISAF Windsurfing & Kiteboarding Committee. He is an ex - Formula racer so has a broad knowledge of all the different windsurf racing classes.


The RS:X Class is pleased to announce that it has joined the International Windsurfing Association. The RS:X Youth Championships [U19] at World and Continental level will now be held together with the Techno 293 Class Championships when ever possible.


Only three of the current ten Olympic yachting classes are reasonably assured of a place in the start line for Brazil in 2016. The RS:X Board will have to undergo a double trial if it is to remain in 2016. The Board/Kite-board would be chosen after Evaluation Trials. A regional imbalance (areas like Oceania and Africa not well represented), poor spectator and TV audiences, and competition for places with new sports such as golf and rugby are all drivers behind the moves to reduce and possibly remove sailing from the Olympics. These factors were highlighted in the WNZ submission to SPARC for funding.


The RS:X and Techno Nationals NOR and Entry forms are now available online. Visit the appropriate class site.

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