The RS:X is the windsurfer of choice for the Olympic Games for both men and women. The RS:X made its' debut in the 2008 Beijing Games, replacing the Mistral which had previously been in the Games for years. Windsurfing made its' debut in the Olympic Games in 1984.
The RS:X was chosen to replace the Mistral because of its' ability to be raced in winds of 3 to 30 knots. "The board begins to "plane" in winds of 8 knots of wind and can reach speeds over 30 knots. When planning, the board lifts out of the water like a water ski and dramatically increases speed. RS:X is a One Design Class with all the equipment supplied by NeilPryde and each piece manufactured to a standard specification." (As printed on www.rsxclass.com) The idea behind standardized equipment is to minimize the cost of competing and winning, as well as taking the focus off the equipment thereby highlighting the talent of the sailor instead. The best sailor will win, not the sailor with the best gear (and thus, most money).
Designer Jean Bouldoires & Robert Stroj
Hull Material GRP & Carbon
Year Designed 2004
Hull Length 2.86 m
Beam Length 0.93 m
Mainsail Area 9.5 m2 Men & 8.5 m2 Women & Yo
Hull Weight 15.5 kg
Volume 231 Litres
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