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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


The LIVE Q&A Session with Christine Johnston [GBR] who is a qualified RYA Olympic Classes Coach who raced at the 2000 Olympic Regatta in Sydney, Australia and then went on to finish 14th at the 2006 RS:X World Championships so she knows a thing or two about racing at the top level.

It's all happening at 6.30am Wednesday 6th October NZDT sharp.

Here's what you'll learn

Planning Your Travel - Arrive in The Best Shape
Planning Your Race Day - Develop The Best Routine
Planning Your Pre-Race Routine - Getting Ready to Race



New Zealand’s top Olympic campaigners will be in action on home territory and organisers extend a warm invitation to their trans-Tasman and other international rivals to take part in some exiting racing in our world class sailing waters.

Racing commences on Thursday 3rd of February at 1100 hours off Auckland’s North Shore beaches on three separate course areas for all but the Paralympic classes, which will get underway the following day on a course on Auckland’s Waitemata.


In association with the Cyprus Yachting Association, RSX Class Association are organising a training camp from October 13th - 20th. This is for individuals and teams with a coach and those without.

The CYA Youth Team will be training at the venue during this time so you are invited to join them and train together.

However, if you do not have a coach and would like to take part then the RS:X Class will provide a coach for you.


World Championships, Kerteminde, Denmark, Winter Champs at Murrays Bay, National Youth Clinics 2010 ...


Wearing her crop top, board shorts, sunglasses and sports cap, recently retired New Zealand windsurfing legend Barbara Kendall could still pass for a competitor, but in Singapore she is staying on shore as a Youth Olympic Games athlete role model. Kendall participated in five Olympic Games, picking up the full set of medals with a gold, silver and bronze.


Rollercoaster ride was the best description of today’s two final races of the RS:X World Championships in Kerteminde , Denmark with victory going to Poland ’s Piotr Myszka in the Men’s class and to Blancha Manchon from Spain in the Women. Despite the short medal race courses for the top 10 competitors, there were dramatic place changes in both fleets with the final podium positions fluctuating by the minute as each race progressed. Ultimately the winner in each class ended up claiming their title, just a point ahead of second.


A World Championship medal in 2010 has eluded both Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin finishing sixth and eighth respectively at the RS:X Men’s World Championships just concluded in Kerteminde, Denmark. While both of the kiwis sailed brilliantly at times over the course of the six day regatta, in the end it was Poland that came to the fore with a gold - silver finish for team mates Poitr Myzska and Przemslaw Miarczynski. Israel’s Nimrod Mashiah took out the bronze medal.


Tom Ashley is in the hunt for a World Championship medal with the RS:X Men’s title up for grabs in one final medal race to be sailed in Kerteminde, Denmark tonight. Lying fourth after a hard fought five days of racing so far, Ashley is within reach of the podium. Team-mate Jon-Paul Tobin is also in the starting line-up sitting in seventh place in the top ten sailors who will compete in the quick-fire double points remaining race.


Tom Ashley and Jon-Paul Tobin have maintained their 5th and 6th placings but swapped places after 8 races. Jon Paul (36pts) leads Tom (37pts) behind the leaders (on 23, 25, 27 and 33) but remain well within the top 10 grouping.


At the RS:X Men’s and Women’s World Championships in Denmark sailors have returned to the water after a mid regatta rest day and sailed two races overnight. Jon-Paul Tobin and Tom Ashley have slipped to fifth and sixth respectively both returning one average race result as the finals rounds got underway.

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