The RS:X Class has a strategy of steady evolution based on each quadrennial. We are not planning to make changes to the rig for the moment. This may position may change depending on the feedback we get from our racers and our national class associations. Here is the strategy which is in place now...
The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Tom Ashley [NZL] won the RS:X World Championships in Takapuna, New Zealand on a three year old board so they are built to last. The tolerances on the hulls were tightened considerably leading up to the 2008 Olympic Regatta in Quingdao.
The RS:X was selected by ISAF after tests that they themselves conducted in 2004 to find a replacement for the then existing Olympic equipment - the Mistral One Design that had been used in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
The RS:X Class is working closely with Neil Pryde Windsurfing to achieve an 'Evolution' in the performance of the RS:X hull without changing its existing shape, durability or longevity. The mold remains the same. The Hull may just get lighter.