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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
j.s.williams@xtra.co.nz
(09) 551 3213
President
Paul Mackenzie
themackenzies@xtra.co.nz
027 492 3865
Measurer
Dave MacKay
dave@mackayboats.com
021 470 611
Admin Secretary
Jo Mackenzie
themackenzies@xtra.co.nz
027 480 2618
Contact
Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
g.a.bowater@clear.net.nz
Contact
Stuart Pedersen - Tauranga Region
stuart.pedersen@gmail.com

RS:X News

11/04/2012

The RS:X World Championships were a blast...
After what was one of the windiest world championships on record, it's time to take stock.
Racing was only possible on 4 of the scheduled seven days with no medal racing for the second time this year. Who would have thought beforehand that we would wake up each morning praying for 15 knots LESS wind...

29/03/2012

JP Tobin, The NZL Sailing Team’s Olympic representative in the Men's RS:X has finished on the podium with a third place finish at the 2012 RS:X Class World Championships.

Left: JP finished fifth at the ISAF 2011 RS:X World Championships less than four months ago

Throughout the event, except for his single drop, JP maintained a top five finish in every race. This is his best result ever at a Windsurfing World Championship.

29/03/2012

With the last two days racing cancelled and no medal race with winds up to 50 knots the standings after race 10 determined the final result. Bontemps came ahead of Nick Dempsey, from Great Britain, and JP Tobin, from New Zealand. The French sailor was first in the last two Cadiz races.

28/03/2012

$1000 Winner Takes All Speed Session as Wind Gusts to 50 Knots. It didn’t take long for the Race Committee to pull the plug on racing today. The committee boat anchored and with a few minutes their bow roller was bent out of shape as the first 40 knot gust came through. White caps transformed into vapor as the sea became streaked with white lines…

The AP over A went up and racing was cancelled for the day. The forecast for tomorrow is more of the same. The medal races are scheduled for 1200hrs as usual. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that.

27/03/2012

Yesterday Toni Wilhelm went to flight school yesterday with the result that his sail cartwheeled across the bay and smacked another racer on the back. Alex Jones [BER] was taken off the water and to hospital with broken bones in a foot. Today sailors who would not normally be taking rides over the handle bars were doing so. Julien Bontemps [FRA] posted a 3-1-1 to take over as overall leader. Nick Dempsey [GBR] scored 1-2-3 to bounce back up to silver medal position. JP Tobin [NZL] 2-4-2 is up from 5th to 3rd.

26/03/2012

In a break from normal practice, the RS:X men's gold fleet was accompanied by their compadres in the silver fleet for the first day of the final series in the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships. It was Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] who was the most consistent posting 1-2-5 to move up the rankings to take over 6th spot overall.

26/03/2012

Day 4 saw JP Tobin from New Zealand take 2, 5 and 4 to lift his standing to 5th overall, only 5 points behind Dorian van Rijsselberge who is now leading. Consistency is the key for the top sailors, with placings of lower than 6 starting to matter, Dorian has placed no lower than 4th in any race so far. http://worldwindsurfingchampionships2012.rsxclass.com/leaderboard.jsp?co...

24/03/2012

This morning the Bay of Cadiz was covered in white caps. The AP went up. Racing was postponed in the hope that the wind would moderate. It topped out at 40 knots plus mid morning and stayed there until 1500hrs. Up went the AP over A. No racing

The Race Director, Rob Lamb had a well thought through plan of action in the event that he decided that racing would be possible. And that was to call out one group at a time and race them on a windward/leeward course. That way he could provide the necessary safety cover with the help of the coach boats.

23/03/2012

The men went out into a building breeze for a 1200hrs start. The wind was 8 - 18 knots. Big holes. Shifty and testing to say the least. It was the orange group who started first and Shahar Zubari [ISR11] who lead on the first upwind and all the way down to the bottom of the outside loop. Nick Dempsey [GBR1] was close behind in second with Dorian van Rijsselberge [NED8] in hot pursuit.

19/03/2012

Olympic windsurfing is big in Israel. Out the six medals won by athletes for their country, at least 3 have been in windsurfing so it's not surprising that windsurfing fans in Israel are so passionate about their stars.

As always we ran a quick poll of the nearly 5000 fans on the RS:X World Windsurfing Championships Facebook page to find out what they were thinking. There's money at stake this time after all. The winner will not only be the RS:X World Champion but also he or she will be US $6,5oo richer too.

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