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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Techno 293 OD Class Association details (may be out of date) from http://www.yachtingnz.org.nz/AllClassAssociation.aspx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

07/05/2012

At the conclusion of their mid-year meetings, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced that kiteboarding will replace windsurfing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and that the New Zealand designed MacKay FX (now 49er FX) will be the new Olympic womens’ skiff discipline.

Yachting New Zealand is disappointed with the decision to replace windsurfing, however the announcement has also brought some welcome news for the NZ Sailing Community and Marine Industry through the confirmation of the 49er FX.

07/05/2012

It would take a two thirds majority at ISAF’s annual general meeting in November to overturn the decision taken on a 19-17 vote by the ISAF council, but the windsurfing community appears to shaping up to fight the decision. Sailing is already doing everything it can to avoid being dropped from the Olympics, aware that it is the second most expensive sport to stage – equestrian is even more expensive – and that the entertainment, even cabaret, aspirations of the International Olympic Committee continue. On the one hand it (kiteboarding) should allow new nations to play catch-up in a game where the racing side is still rather underdeveloped worldwide. On the other, it trashes a lot of “pathway” programmes to bring windsurfer youth squads through, still has questions over exactly what equipment and race formats will be used, and leaves the RSX class of windsurfer, which was developed at ISAF’s request specifically for the Olympics, rather in the wilderness.

06/05/2012

From the President RS:X and Techno Association NZ:
We have all woken up this morning to the news that once again ISAF has shown that their decision-making process is seriously flawed.

To remove Windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics is just bizarre. You only need to watch coverage of the Perth Worlds to see that the most exciting sailing going on was the RS:X.

04/05/2012

Another great Techno Class Kendall Cup series... The 2011-2012 Kendall Cup, BIC Techno T293 One Design Board Sailing Class, has just completed their six regatta series. Regattas started with Winter Champs.

17/04/2012

Barbara is off to the Cooks and they are trying to get their windsurfing school happening with the long term plan of having a windsurfer at the youth Olympics. They are looking for some gear that can be donated.
Check out what you may have available - the list below is Barbara's initial requirements but if you have anything else let her know.

28/03/2012

2010-2011 was the first season of the Kendall Cup series for NZ Techno sailors. We indicated that we hoped to learn from the first season and make improvements where possible. We received some helpful feedback about the running of some of the events, and the difficulty of new sailors being pushed up into the next age division for the spring regattas.

28/03/2012

May be provision for Techno green fleet and for RS:X
Event details Kendall Cup 2011-2012

22/02/2012

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. The boards again took to the water after lunch and only managed one short race in each class before the wind dropped. Even though it was onshore the wind proved to be very shifty.

07/10/2011

December 10 at Wakatere Boating Club, Narrowneck Beach, “green fleet” techno class but novices on other board types welcome, family friendly club, check www.wakatere.org.nz for NOR and other information.

Jennifer McIndoe

Ph 445 9073

22/09/2011

Murrays Sailing Club will be starting a learn to windsurf group in conjunction with Madloop windsurf school. This will be open to sailors from 8 to 15 years.
The group will start out with lessons at the Madloop wind surf school from the 30th October and then the group will continue on at Murrays Bay after Christmas. The aim is to get more sailors racing the Techno 293 Board.

If you already know how to windsurf but now want to learn to race we will also form a green fleet group that you can join to gain windsurfing experience and learn to race.

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