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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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Robyn Headifen
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Janine Williams
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Paul Mackenzie
themackenzies@xtra.co.nz
027 492 3865
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Dave MacKay
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Jo Mackenzie
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Contact
Andrea Bowater - Christchurch Region
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RS:X News

21/12/2011

Jon Paul Tobin has ousted reigning Olympic champion Tom Ashley from New Zealand's sailing squad for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Tobin has just been annouced as one of the first 12 sailors for the 2012 Olympic Games team in Auckland.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/6173800/Tobin-ousts-Ashley-for...

20/12/2011

NZ Herald Jon Paul Tobin thinks he's done enough Beijing gold medallist Tom Ashley in the race for the sole New Zealand spot in the RS:X class at next year's Olympics. Tobin has edged the defending Olympic champion in three head-to-head meetings this year, the most significant of which was at the weekend, when he finished fifth to Ashley's sixth at the world sailing championships in Perth. This should place Tobin in the box seat for Olympic nomination, but there is the possibility the selectors may force the pair to continue their battle next year. Despite his creditable fifth-place finish, Tobin believes he could have done better were it not for a late setback. Tobin was fortunate to even make the startline in Perth after standing on a poisonous cobbler fish the day before racing was due to begin. "The spine is actually still in my foot because if they had to operate and take it out, it would have meant stitches and basically a plane flight home, so I just went on antibiotics and tried to manage the pain the best I could," he said.

19/12/2011

Dorian is the 2011 RS:X World Windsurfing Champion, Piotr is second and Nimrod Mashiah ISR take the bronze.
JP Tobin NZL had gone into the medal race trailing Tom Ashley his compatriot and was determined to make it an three. He has beaten Tom in a straight fight twice already this year. Their duel will go on but JP is out to load the deck in his favor by the biggest margin possible.
Tom won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. To displace an established medal winner in the national selection for 2012 will be tough which is why JP has to do more than ever to establish that he is the 'man to pick.

18/12/2011

... which makes the race for the Olympic berth very interesting ...

16/12/2011

Consistency is king and the Dutch Flyer is proving to be the King of Consistency. Dorian van Rijsselberghe [NED] set a blistering pace in the off shore winds on the Leighton race track to day leaving his rivals distinctly off the pace.

He has extended his lead as we come to the business end of the regatta. Posting a bullet in the first. A 4th in the second. And a 3rd in then 3rd. He was the only one to master the tricky 15 knot plus conditions.

15/12/2011

JP Tobin has sneaked ahead of Tom Ashley with a btter day, 3 (24) 2 to Tom's (20) 10 4 - leaving JP at 7th and Tom in 9th. http://www.perth2011.com/competition/PERTH2011/SAM102000/results Kiwi RS:X sailors feature from about 10min in in this video update - worth the watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whil_seMMpg

15/12/2011

Tom Ashley slipped one place to 5th after finishing 12 (discarded) today, while JP Tobin held 12 with a 6th and 10th (discarded). (correction on earlier notice, only 1 race was completed today)

13/12/2011

After 2 days Tom Ashley has improved to 4th (2 7 3 2) while JP Tobin has slipped to 12th ( 6 4 6 10). Results overall show a degree of consistency, although a couple of big names have had a least 1 poor race to drop them down the ladder, which may change dramatically when discards arrive. the separation between Tom and JP is not as dramatic as the Israelis, with MASHICH in first place and ZUBARI in 19th.

13/12/2011

Momentum builds for second wave of competitors. The second wave of NZ sailors started their World Championship crusade today in stormy conditions off Fremantle, Western Australia. The Men’s RS:X, 49er, Laser and Women’s 470 had their first races of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships today. As expected, Tom Ashley and JP Tobin were racing in close quarters on the Men’s RS:X course, the pair of them have only one point differing their overall standings of 6th (Tom) and 8th (JP).

12/12/2011

The Race Committee here at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth Western Australia have made the decision to divide the RS:X men into 3 groups of about 30 racers in each. This unprecedented decision has been made despite class representations to ISAF asking that the fleet be divided in two as usual. The given reason is that the diameter of the centre course is a mere .90kms. It seems that the idea of rotating fleets into the centre course to give spectators a variety of sailing classes to watch has not been fully considered neither has the possibility of falling behind the schedule. When and not if this happens, 9 starts will be required on a windward leeward course in a maximum of 6 hours.

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