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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


Among New Zealand’s hottest medal prospects is reigning Olympic Champion in men’s board sailing, Tom Ashley who won silver earlier this year at Princess Sofia Regatta in Mallorca, Spain. Jon-Paul Tobin, Stephanie Williams, Alice Monk and Natalia Kosinskawill also be competing in the RS:X windsurfing class


Sail Auckland, the only ISAF Grade 1 regatta for Olympic classes in New Zealand, will be sailed from Auckland’s North Shore in 2011. Agreement has been reached between Sail Auckland Regatta Inc and the Takapuna Boating Club, which has been granted rights to host the 2011 regatta to take place from February 3rd to February 6th.


New Zealand has produced two medals – one gold and one silver - at the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships which has just concluded in Istanbul, Turkey overnight. Our RS:X windsurfers were unable to improve their positions but sailed consistently.


Finally the wind came the party in Turkey on the penultimate day of racing where the twelve sailors in the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team are competing. Plenty of racing was possible, which sees some changes in the standings, as the world’s premier youth regatta heads into the its final day for 2010 when the podium places will be decided.


Despite being hampered once again by light winds, all eight fleets completed at least one race on day three of racing at the Championship. Two more days remain before the medals and the Volvo Trophy for team performance are decided. Oliver Gunman gained one position with a 21 to lie 17th while consistent Georgia Schofield slips to 9th with a 9th place


Light winds and delays – but racing for all. Day two of the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships saw light winds cause delays to the start of racing for the NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team in Istanbul. Oliver has steadily improved through his races to move up to 16th while Georgia Schofield (Girl’s RS:X) has maintained her standard and sits at 8th.


Racing is underway at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships with at least two races sailed in each of the eighth classes being contested in Istanbul, Turkey.


In just a few hours New Zealand’s NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team sailors will be on the water for the start of competition racing at the 40th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. The regatta, on in Istanbul, Turkey has been declared open and the first races to count will get underway overnight tonight New Zealand time.


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Less than one week from now the 2010 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships will get underway in Istanbul, Turkey. The twelve sailors that make up the 2010 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team are counting down to the prestigious regatta which attracts close to 350 sailors representing 63 nations from around the globe. Windsurfing is represented by Male RS:X – Oliver Gunman, Takapuna Boating Club (Age 17 years) and Female RS:X – Georgia Schofield, Takapuna Boating Club (Age 16 years)

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