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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

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RS:X News

07/06/2008

The call has gone out for submissions for the 2012 board by the AWA (Australian Windsurfing Assn). Formula Windsurfing One Design or the current RS:X - follow the link below for more details

22/05/2008

Racing got underway overnight in the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik. Tom Ashley in the Mens RS:X lies in second place overall and Barbara Kendall is also second overall in the reduced Womens fleet.
http://hollandregatta.org/2008v2/

08/05/2008

Barbara Kendall is the best of the kiwis in 8th, with Kate Ellingham in 18th and Steffanie Williams at 42nd. There are no kiwi men competing.

22/04/2008

RS:X Women (59 boards), Steffanie Williams – 24th, Kate Ellingham – 29th. RS:X Men (92 boards), Mike Kilduff – 74th

28/02/2008
In order to help newcomers to sailboat racing, ISAF have produced a one page set of Introductory Rules for Racing complete with some explanatory diagrams. The aim of the Introductory Rules for Racing is simple; make as it easy as possible for people to start racing. Consequently the Introductory Rules are as basic as possible, although they remain compatible with the principles and fundamental rules in the full ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
19/02/2008
Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland concluded today with the international sailors coming home with gold in the hotly contested Women’s Laser Radial, Tornado, Women’s and Men’s RS:X classes.
18/02/2008
RS:X News is a newsletter from rsxclass.com, the Official RS:X Olympic Windsurfing website and your home for the latest Olympic Windsurfing news.
17/02/2008
In the women’s RS:X class Marina Alabau of Spain continues to lead with Romy Kinzl of Germany moving up into 2nd place. Local girl and recent silver medalist at the World Championships Barbara Kendall is lying 3rd at the end of day two just one point behind Kinzl. Over in the Men’s RS:X points are tight amongst the top three with Greek windsurfer Nikos Kaklamanakis and Joao Rodrigues of Portugal on equal points at the top of the table. Overnight leader Jon-Paul Tobin is just one point adrift of the leaders lying 3rd.
16/02/2008
A mix of top international names and local talent came out on top of the six Olympic classes which began racing in the on Auckland Harbour today.
13/02/2008
Sailors and organisers are counting down to Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland 2008 with racing set to start this weekend on Saturday 16th February off Kohimarama Yacht Club. The ISAF grade one event which runs over four days will this year boast world class fleets in the Tornado and women’s Laser Radial with many internationals currently in New Zealand preparing for their respective World Championships. RS:X windsurfers, Lasers, 470s, 420s and 2.4 metres will also compete in Singapore Airlines Sail Auckland.

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