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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


Four NZL Sailing Team representatives have made the top ten cut and will sail in tomorrow’s medal races at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta now reaching it’s conclusion in Palma de Majorca, Spain.They include Tom Ashley in the Men’s RS:X, still in third after no racing in the fleet today.


NZL Sailing Team Tom Ashley (RS:X), Andrew Murdoch (Laser) and Michael Bullot (Laser) are all placed in the top five of their class with just two days to go at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta on now in Palma de Majorca, Spain. Ashley lies in third position in the men’s board sailing, while over in the Laser Murdoch has jumped back up to fourth place, with Bullot just behind in fifth.


After two days of light winds the bay of Palma turned on winds gusting up to 30 knots on day three of Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain. Racing was postponed for all fleets until a start was possible mid afternoon for the RS:X Men and Women, while the single-handed and double-handed dinghies didn’t race at all today.


Shifty and difficult conditions challenged sailors competing on day two at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain. Members of the NZL Sailing Team returned mixed results on the second day of the six day regatta. Tom Ashley remains the best placed of the New Zealanders retaining third position in the Men’s RS:X fleet, who added two races overnight. Ashley was second and then eighth, contributing to a total pointscore of 19 points, well ahead of the Greek sailor, Kokkalanis in fourth place who is eight points behind.


Racing is underway for members of the NZL Sailing Team competing at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE 2010 Regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain, the opener on the 2010 Olympic class European circuit. Light and unstable winds, in the order of 6-8 knots, prevailed across the race courses on day one.


Result : 2nd. Great conditions for day one of the 2010 National's if you wanted to go fishing!!!...fortunately the Dutch team were organised enough to kit their coach boat out with a couple of lines so fishing it was, despite the complete lack of breeze one race was completed (3rd) and one fish was caught...and released.


Manly Sailing Club, Laurence Street, Manly, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand The Organising Authority is the Manly Sailing Club, PO Box 803, Whangaparaoa.

IMPORTANT: Update to Notice of Race

  • Competitors must be Resident in NZ (instead of NZ Citizen) to take the National Title.
  • Competitors must be members of WNZ (instead of financial members of a national club).


Over 150 sailors from 15 different countries were at Kohimarama Yacht Club for Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2010 where there was plenty of close racing. The ISAF Grade 1 Regatta was sailed from 4th to 7th February under predominantly sunny, warm skies.


Tom Ashley came out on top at Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2010, but just two weeks on, it’s all on again with the RS:X National Championships starting tomorrow.


With over 150 competitors from 15 different countries it has been a fantastic regatta with a lot of camaraderie and superb sailing! Tom Ashley, J P Tobin and Kate Ellingham feature in results for the RS:X classes.

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