NeilPryde Windsurfing are pleased to announce sponsorship of a prize
fund of US$45,000 to be awarded to the top 10 men and top 10 women
in the final results of the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships
which will take place between March 20th and 29th 2012 in Cadiz, Spain.
"This is an important first step in our ambitions to ensure that prize money becomes the norm at major Olympic Windsurfing events in the future." said Mike Dempsey [GBR] RS:X Class President. "NeilPryde not only provide exemplary support for Olympic sailing in terms of equipment but also go the extra mile, too. Something no other brand does in such style."
With nine Olympic qualification places still to be allocated, the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships represents the last chance for nations to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic sailing regatta. Now there promises to be a battle royal amongst the top guns for a place in the medal races and a share of the prize money.
Mr. Neil Pryde commented: "I have been amazed and tremendously impressed by the level of dedication that RS:X sailors have shown in their preparation and training for competitions and I felt that in today's world of professional sport, we should recognise the sacrifice made and open up the possibility for athletes to be rewarded with prize money in their quest for Gold at the London Olympics."
The NeilPryde RS:X one-design windsurfing equipment was selected by ISAF in 2004 as the result of evaluation trials to replace the Mistral one-design for use at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. It was then re-selected in 2008 for use in London 2012.
This tightly controlled one-design hybrid represents the modern style of windsurf course racing equipment and competes in wind speeds between 4 and 30 knots thanks to its moveable centreboard. More than 65 nations on six continents compete in Olympic windsurfing. At the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, that took place in Perth, Australia last December, more nations participated in the RS:X Men's event than in any other event raced there.
For more details contact
Tel: (852) 2456 6566
The Interntional RS:X Class Association Ltd