Following a unanimous decision to proceed with a detailed feasibility study at the recent RS:X AGM, Alessandra Sensini [ITA], quadruple Olympic medallist and ISAF World Sailor of the Year took the Mark 1 RS:X Evolution hull for a spin yesterday. This hull is 1kg lighter than the current version. Apart from that, it is exactly the same. It came out of the same mould.
Neil Pryde's development team plan to take further weight out of the hull without compromsing strength, durability or shape.
The key criteria are
a) the existing shape shall not change
b) the cost shall not increase to the end user
c) Development costs shall be born by Neil Pryde
d) Hulls shall be made available to selected nations for final testing
e) The feasibility study shall be presented to the class for approval in 2011
Given final approval by the Class, the RS:X Evolution will be included in their bid for re-selection as the Olympic equipment for 2016.
Alessandra returned from her test with a big smile on her face. 'The board is a pleasure to sail. It planes in 10 knots. I wish we could have this board in the next Olympics'
Its now back to work. More tests will be carried out with the existing Mrk1 RS:X Evolution hull before further development work is done. The RS:X Class is all about planned evolution. The soft launch of the RS:X Evolution hull undertaken at the RS:X Windsurfing World Championships has been done with the object of giving every one the 'heads up' so that budgets can be planned accordingly and a smooth transition achieved.
Alessandra Sensini tests RS:X Evolution Video