The RS:X and Neil Pryde work hard on tightening tolerances and making the Class Rules as bullet proof as possible to ensure the best possible equipment is supplied to the Olympic Regatta.
2008 - 2012
Stability - Focus on developing a team of ISAF approved international equipment inspectors and supporting developing racers and MNAs through the Reach-4-The-Top Training Programs and undertake feasibility study on introducing a lighter hull [The RS:X Evo] based on testing feedback from top men and women RS:X racers from around the world.
Subject to RS:X Class AGM approval, the introduction of a new lightweight RS:X Evo hull made in the same mold as the existing RS:X but weighing 13.5 kgs approx. The aim is to maintain durability, longevity and the existing hull shape whilst offering ROI on 'old' hulls so that investments already made are not lost. Possible feasibility study on introducing a new rig based on feedback from top men and women RS:X racers from around the world. Again, we will need to look at how to squeeze the last drop of ROI from the existing rig going forward.
Subject to RS:X Class AGM approval, the introduction of a new rig possibly on the same mast and using the same boom but not necessarily
This staged development of the Olympic windsurfing equipment will allow MNAs to plan their expenditure and achieve maximum ROI on their investment whilst allowing the RS:X Class to develop and strengthen the Youth racing scene as well as assist developing nations leverage their budgets to offer their racing squads the best coaches available through the Reach-4-The-Top Training program.
This Reach-4-The-Top Training program provdes top quality coaches at the most cost effective daily rates possible. It is a not-for-profit initiative introduced by the RS:X Class in February 2009. Following discussions with the other windsurfing classes, the R4T is now generic and supported by all ISAF windsurfing classes so offers training camps at course racing, slalom, freestyle and wave performance events. Each participant [max 6 per camp] pays an equal share of the daily cost of a coach specifically selected for that championship by the class involved.