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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.

http://rsx.windsurfingnz.org

Watch some videos on the RS:X class.

RSX Windsurfer Class Association (details may be out of date) as registered at http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/AllClassAssociation.aspx
Boat Type Boardsailing
Mailing Address
PO Box 803
WHANGAPARAOA 0943

Next National Championship16 Feb 2012

Treasurer
Robyn Headifen
Publicity Officer
Janine Williams
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(09) 551 3213
President
Paul Mackenzie
themackenzies@xtra.co.nz
027 492 3865
Measurer
Dave MacKay
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Jo Mackenzie
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Contact
Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
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Contact
Stuart Pedersen - Tauranga Region
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RS:X News

06/07/2013

New Zealand board sailor Natalia Kosinska has taken the lead at the RS:X Women’s Open European Championships being raced at Brest, France.
Video: Natalia Kosinska after day four http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6gD2cfQJdU&feature=youtu.be

It was a long day for all with the gold fleets not hitting the water until 7pm when the offshore breeze finally built enough for racing. “I had a good day, it was a long day, and we waited from 11 o’clock in the morning until 7pm.”

03/07/2013

Natalia placed 3,5 and 7 to lie 2nd behind the Polish sailor who has 3 bullets so far. There is no one from NZ in the mens fleet.

http://europeanwindsurfingchampionships2013.rsxclass.com/index.php/resul...

03/07/2013

Hi again! It has been a while since we last wrote, and plenty has happened!
After our first email we caught our flight to Paris, where we stayed at a nice little house for two days and learnt to use the underground train system to explore the city. We got to see some cool sights from up the Eiffel tower and Montmartre, with beautiful weather for us.

26/06/2013

Hello Everyone, Firstly Fenella and I would like to start by thanking all of you for your support and generosity that has helped us get to where we are. There is no way we could have done this without every one of our sponsors, family and friends and we are glad that we can share our adventures with you. Special thanks to all our sponsors:

16/05/2013

February proved again that the wind can be very shifty and light. Great for socialising on the beach but more difficult for setting a fair course off Manly Beach.

A Techno competition doubled as the Oceania's and the NZ Nationals. There were four competitors from Noumea and one from Australia as well as a bunch of new local sailors in this class.

19/02/2013

The AWA together with the Manly Yacht Club and Windsurfing New Zealand are pleased to bring you the North Island Cup for Slalom.

This will be a one-event competition held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February 2013 at Manly Beach Whangaparaoa Auckland.

NOR and Entry Form are now available for download at bottom of page

This event will be held together with the RXS and Techno Nationals and Formula racing, also competing on Friday 15 February.

21/12/2012


Click through for revised results from 2 days racing over the weekend.

19/12/2012


Click through for results from 2 days racing over the weekend.

03/12/2012

Windsurfing NI Champs - For kiteboards, Formula, Techno and RS:X windsurfers (any boards and sails for beginners).Bruce Kendall Coaching - Bruce Kendall with come to TYPBC to run a coaching clinic for RS:X and Techno windsurfers. - This clinic will run immediately after the Windsurfing NI Champs hosted at TYPBC and will be in the first week of the school holidays. Learn to windsurf course - Kulim Park.

03/12/2012

The ISAF General Assembly have voted to restore mens and womens RS:X windsurfing to the RIO 2016 event. This is a great result for windsurfing to correct a decision that on paper should never have been made. Hopefully the momentum for both windsurfing and kiteboarding that has come out of it will not be lost.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/7934503/Windsurfing-voted-back...

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