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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
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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 2010 NZ National Slaloms were live streamed to the Internet. Now look forward to the RS:X World Champs with live video and GPS tracking putting you in control. The idea behind the concept is a completely new combination of GPS-tracking, livestreaming and course commentary, which should make the spectator experience exceptionally exciting.


Day three of 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta sees Burling and Tuke move into the top five of the 49er fleet, and Tobin improve to seventh in the Men’s RS:X. Two days of competition remain at round five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Regatta in the Netherlands.


Racing at 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, the Netherlands ran through until late evening after interruptions during the day when the light breeze collapsed.


Racing started overnight in Medemblik, the Netherlands for New Zealand sailors competing at the 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta. Jon-Paul Tobin (pictured left) represents New Zealand in the 100-strong Men’s RS:X fleet. In racing last night the North Shore board sailor started off with a seventh place in race one followed up with two fifths in races two and three. At the end of the first day of the series Tobin’s pointscore is 17 and putting him in sixth place in the standings. Mashiah Nimrod of Israel has the early lead in the class.


Racing starts tonight in Medemblik, Netherlands at the 2010 Delta Lloyd Regatta. Racing runs over five days with medal races scheduled for Sunday. This is the fifth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup for Olympic class sailors with an entry list featuring numerous World Champions and Olympic medallists. Organisers are reporting record entries in all classes with just two years before the 2012 Olympic Games. New Zealand has a team of seven sailors competing in four events. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke – 49er, Steph Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Sam Osborne – Women’s Match Racing, Jon-Paul Tobin – Men’s RS:X, Natalia Kosinska – Women’s RS:X


Yachting New Zealand has today announced twelve sailors selected for the 2010 NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team to compete at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. The annual regatta, commonly referred to as the Youth Worlds, will this year take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 8th to 17th July. Team includes Male RS:X – Oliver Gunman, Takapuna Boating Club (Age 17 years) Female RS:X – Georgia Schofield, Takapuna Boating Club (Age 16 years)


Argentina and Italy are on equal points in the lead at the RS:X European Windsurfing Team Racing Championships at the end of the second day in Mondello, Sicily. Over in the Techno 293 championships it is the unbeaten French Team who are dominating the competition. These champinships are part of the 25th edition of the World Festival on The Beach.


Kohimarama - Great Barrier Island, March 04, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand, Total Distance : 108 km, Average Speed : 36.0 km/h, Max Speed : 50.6 km/h, Wind Speed : S/W @ 20 - 34 knots, Duration : 180 min


Sixteen kiwi sailors are in Hyeres, France to represent New Zealand at 2010 Semaine Olympique Francaise Regatta for Olympic class sailors. Racing starts in France on Sunday 25th, and runs for six days with medal races and prize-giving planned for Friday 30th. Semaine Olympique Française, Hyères is the fourth of seven events in the 2009-10 ISAF Sailing World Cup series, following on from Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma de Majorca in which New Zealand collected two medals earlier this month.


The Semaine Olympique Française Hyères -- TPM will start on the 24th of April
- 1012 registered sailors - 716 sailing teams (1012 athletes) from 58 countries for the fourth leg of the Sailing World Cup, from the 24th to the 30th of April in Hyères.

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