RS:X Class

Location: Omni-Present
Website: http://www.rsxclass.com


Windsurfing, Windsurfers and the Olympics Windsurfing is a worldwide sport that suits the modern lifestyle Windsurfers are the fastest monohull sailing craft in the world today. Windsurfers may also be more numerous worldwide than all other sailboats put together. The taking up windsurfing is growing once again, thanks to developments in windsurfing equipment design that have made windsurfing much easier to learn. Most windsurfing hulls are under three meters in length and weigh less than 15kgs. They are therefore easy to carry and store. To go windsurfing, you do not have to be a member of a sailing club. Any sandy public beach is a potential launch site. Windsurfing therefore meets the requirements of most modern lifestyles by delivering the sensations of speed, independence and freedom at a reasonable cost Young people of all ages Windsurfers are great athletes, navigators, and sailors. Physically, the best windsurfing sailors are tall, lean and extremely fit. Yet, it is common to see a 50kgs (110lbs) woman complete a race in the same time as a 73kgs (160lbs) man, thereby proving that technique, balance and sensitivity to the windsurfer are equally important. An Olympic sailing event since 1984 Windsurfing was first selected by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as an event for men in the 1984 Olympic Regatta in Los Angeles. ISAF then added the Women's event for windsurfers to the 1992 Olympic Regatta Barcelona. Windsurfing for both men and women has been represented in every Olympic Regatta since. The equipment used is always 'One Design' and made by one brand. Variations are strictly controlled. The aim is to ensure that the sailor with the most talent and ability wins over the one with the most money to pay for the most 'high tech' equipment. That said, the the RS:X board and rig (selected for use in 2008 and 2012 Olympic Regattas