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Techno 293 - the way into windsurfing for kids

In May 2007, the Techno became an ISAF International Class for young sailors. Since then it has experienced rapid expansion worldwide with new countries and sailing federations - including Yachting Australia - choosing the Techno 293 OD to assist in the development of their youth windsurfing and sailing programs.

The Techno 293 Class is devoted to fostering the development of windsurf racing for competitors under the age of 17 years old around the world through the promotion of an inexpensive racing format.

The T293 Class underpins the International Windsurfing Association (IWA) Racing Structure - supporting the senior and youth programmes of both the International Formula and International Raceboard classes.

Similarly the T293 Class forms part of the "Olympic Pathway", recognised by ISAF as the feeder class to RS:X at Olympic and Youth level.

The International Funboard Class (IFCA) supported the establishment of this "junior" class to support its development programme for slalom and speed disciplines.

http://techno.windsurfingnz.org

Watch some Videos on the Techno 293 class.

Techno 293 OD Class Association details (may be out of date) from http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/AllClassAssociation.aspx
Boat TypeBoardsailing
Mailing AddressPO Box 803
WHANGAPARAOA 0943
International Web Addresshttp://www.techno293.org
Next National Championship16 Feb 2012

Treasurer
Robyn Headifen
Publicity Officer
Grant Beck
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

Techno 293 News

19/11/2013

North Island RS:X, Techno and Formula Windsurfing Champs are coming up in a couple of weeks in Rotorua. There will also be a Windsurfer Open Division and Techno will have a Green Fleet Division. Rotorua Yacht Club is putting on a Barbeque on the Saturday night for a small charge (to be confirmed) and have promised wind! It would be great to see everyone down there.

25/10/2013

After days 2 racing in tough choppy conditions Pat is still right on mid fleet. Pat posted his best result, a 15th in his fleet of 40 in the last race, race 6. He has been very consistent with his placings just above and below the mid fleet. The first drop has come in and the dropped OCSs and DSQs shuffled some results and pushed Pat down one spot to 42nd out of 80. Day 3 was a rest day. Well deserved after all the training, practice race day and 2 hard days, so Pat and Big D headed to Rome on the train for a look around.

23/10/2013

After several days training with the Hong Kong, Polish then Israel teams and getting used to the location and conditions, Patrick has started the regatta. Day one had good winds, and, as you can see from the picture of Pat off the pin end of the start line , big swell. Pat is over 6 foot tall, standing on a board, and I can't see him!! He says there are a lot of very good, very strong sailors. I asked what he though he would need to do to improve his sailing there, he said "bigger muscles". Better have another couple of weetbix mate!

08/10/2013

Great results were brought home by six teens who attended the Worlds, Europeans and Baltic Cup. The Gold Cup for the Worlds was won by Xanthe Bowater and both boys and girls were well placed in their classes.
Windsurfing is growing as a popular option for young New Zealand sailors, and New Zealand sent a group of teenagers to the European race circuit over their summer to race RS:Xs and Technos against the worlds best young talent.

05/08/2013

Hi all,
Yesterday was the last day of the World Championships in Sopot. It has been a fantastic regatta where both of us are pleased with our results. Fenella finished 56th overall (19th in silver fleet) and I finished 1st woman and 6th overall (against the men)! Very excited to be bringing home some silverware! (click through for full report)

04/08/2013

Xanthe Bowater finished first female and 6th overall in the Techno293Plus (open) fleet Ergo Hestia Cup 2013 TECHNO 293 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. The other kiwi sailors: Finn Croft, Fenella Bowater and Lauren Mackenzie all finished around the middle of their fleets while Coral Heady improved to a creditable 13th out of 37. A great effort and a fantastic looking event.

02/08/2013

Last couple of days have delivered some leveling results for the New Zealand team. Competing at this level for this period of time is providing all with a much greater appreciation of the basics, "speed, height, and tactics".
Xanthe is the Kiwis best performer consistently placing in the top 5 in all of her races. " go Xanthe"

24/07/2013

Hello again! So..! A lot has happened since our last email, we are now in Sopot, Poland - the venue for the Techno 293 World Champs. We arrived here on Thursday after our journey through Italy, with a stop to sail on Lake Garda, then up the Austrian Alps (photo attached), through the Czech Republic and all the way to the top of Poland. Quite the adventure!

13/07/2013

Hello Everyone,
Its been four days since we left Brest after finishing our European Championships, sorry for the lateness of this email.
The event was fun for both of us and we learnt a lot. Even though we were both disappointed with our results we now know the areas of our sailing that we need to work on in order for us to do well in our next events.

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