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"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 above statement is a quote from the T293 Class Rules - Introduction. A simple analogy would be to see the T293 as the "Optimist" of the windsurfing classes. 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. Multi-brand support: The T293 is not a strict "one-design" class, but a class with a combination of O-D and "open" equipment (class) rules: a combination of Bic Techno 293 One Design board, and choice of rigs (ie mast, boom and sail) from an Approved Rig List. For a rig to be "approved" and to be included on the official list, a rig (a) must be available for a minimum of 2 years (b) cost a maximum of 700 euro, or equivalent value in other currencies; (c) be approved as suitable (tried and tested) for use with the T293 board. Simply put - the rigs all include: sails with a maximum of 2 cams and 7 battens; a carbon mast with less than 100% carbon content; and an aluminium boom. There are two age categories, each with maximum permitted sail size 1) under 15, with max. sail size 6.8 (optional change down sail 5.5 or less) 2) under 17, with max. sail size 7.8 ( with the approved 6.8 as change down sail)

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