RS:X Annual General Meeting: Submissions


“That one man and one woman national sailor representative be elected for each nation represented in the international RS:X men’s and women’s fleets by that nation’s sailors in that international fleet to express the views of the RS:X sailors from that nation to the sailors representatives elected to the RS:X Executive Committee and/or to the ISAF Athlete’s Commission. If a nation is not represented in a fleet (men or women) they cannot elect a rep in that fleet”
a) to ensure that the ExCom sailor and ISAF AC reps have a clear way of interacting with the sailors of each represented nation.
Nicolas Huguet
Considering the large number of Mark 2 fins and centreboard on the market and that distributor are still selling them (january 2009), that the class should allow other RSX fins and centreboard to be used in all competitions except World and Continental championship from 1st January 2010.
3 Only equipment made after and including the following build numbers will be eligible to compete at World and European Championships

  • version V3 sails serial # 200502259
  • One shot hull # NP8RSX08020020 (serial number#020)
  • Fin 60cm # 1110351932-001(serial number# 001)
  • Fin 66cm # 1110357222-043(serial number#043)
That the new V4  ‘colored’ sails be approved for production immediately
5 Only V4 colored sails may be used from January 1st 2011at World and European Championships Rory
6 The new lightweight hull currently being developed shall be approved with a view to making the weight reduction class legal from January 1st 2013 Rory
7 Class Rule #6.3
  Current Rule
C.6.3(h) – The hull may be lightly sanded and/or polished. The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage.
Proposal: Amend C.6.3(h) as follows:
C.6.3(h) – The hull may be lightly sanded and/or polished. The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage.
Add new rule C.6.3(j) to read as follows;
C.6.3(j) – The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage. The Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions for events other than World or Continental Championships may amend this rule.
The RSX Class has now been active since 2005 with over 2000 boards having been built by Neil Pryde. As equipment gets older and passed down to Youth Squads etc, the boards are subject to some damage and abuse to the point where the hull graphics may not be visible due to repairs etc to the underside of the board. The purpose of the rule is not to make older equipment out of class and as such a NOR or SI for National events may remove the requirement of C.6.3(j) to allow older equipment to be used.
However, for WC an Continental championships, competitors should be of the understanding that equipment shall not be modified and may only be done so to the extent permitted in the class rules.

8 New Class Rule C.8.1(c)
  Current Rule
Proposal: Add new rule C.8.1(c) to read as follows;
C.8.1(c) – For all mast spar sections before XXXXX, where the serial number is not clearly visible, B.2.1(b) shall apply.
It is known that the current method used by Neil Pryde to mark the mast spar sections is not permanent. Neil Pryde, have confirmed that they will amend the method of marking mast spar sections such that the serial number will be permanent and clearly visible for the purpose of Equipment inspection. Neil Pryde to confirm the serial number after which this will apply.
However, to stop competitors having older equipment rejected at events because the serial number is not visible, the Equipment Inspector should be able to use an alternative method for determining compliance with C.8.1(b).
9 New Class Rule H.1
  Current Rule
Proposal: Add new rule H.1 to read as follows;
H.1 Hull Weighing Procedure
Where an equipment inspector chooses to apply C.6.2(c), the following procedure shall be applied.
The hull shall be presented for this test in the condition as prescribed in C.6.1, which shall exclude all foot straps and any centreboard covers. The ventilation screw shall be in place for the test.
The hull shall be put into water and left to float un-aided for 30 seconds. The hull shall then be turned over and left to float un-aided for a further 30 seconds.
Once complete, the hull shall be stood vertically on its aft end for a period of ten minutes. After the 10 minutes the hull shall be re-weighed.

Following the RSX Europeans in Tel Aviv, the Class CM noted that in the absence of a defined method, the wet weighing procedure was open to a subjective view. The above test is proposed to remove any subjectivity and to standardise the test.
10 That the ISAF World Cup Regatta Organisers use the RS:X Format of Racing as stated in the RS:X Standard Championship Sailing Instructions
That the RS:X  Standard Sailing Instruction # 8.5 is amended as follows:
The maximum number of races per day:
a) In planning conditions, will be 3.
b) In displacement or marginal planing conditions, will be 1
c) A third race may be sailed only if:
· the first two races were sailed in planing conditions, or
· the last one of the first two races was sailed in planning conditions and planning
conditions exist for at least 10 minutes prior to the starting signal of the third race.

12 That the RS:X  Standard Sailing Instruction # 8.6 is amended as follows:
a) When more than one race (or sequence of races, for two or more Classes/ Divisions/Groups) will be held on the same day, the warning signal for the first race shall be made at the stated time and for each succeeding race will be made as soon as practicable, except
b) when the forecast predicts planing conditions later that day. In such a case the races should be postponed until estimated time of planning conditions. Racing may only be postponed if it remains possible to complete daily racing schedule.
c) After a long postponement and/or to alert boards that a race or sequence of races will shortly begin, an Orange Flag will be displayed (with one sound) for at least four minutes before a warning signal is displayed. No sound signal will be made when the Orange Flag is lowered.
13 Proposals as presented above ( #11 & 12) shall also relate to youth championships.
1. To keep Olympic windsurfing as much as possible in seamanlike manners using wind as the main method of propulsion.
2. To minimize risk of injury, especially for youth sailors, existing in pumping conditions.
That The number of days allotted in the championship schedule prior to the first official race is reduced to ONE for all class championships
a)    Only post race measurement checks will be carried out by the measurement team in co-operation with the International Jury.
b)    Participants shall enter the serial numbers of the equipment that they propose to use at a championship when they enter on-line and be responsible for ensuring that said equipment complies with class rules.
c)    The LOA provides a measurement area which will be supervised by the measurement team in which the necessary scales, measurement tapes and other equipment is available for competitors to check their equipment themselves.
d)    The equipment data base can be made available to ISAF Sailing World Cup Organisers

That the NoR shall state that competitors shall not go afloat before completing registration procedures on site
All decisions made by the AGM on future championship venues are subject to contract agreement by the LOA with the Executive Office
That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Thailand under the management of the EWC between the end of January and Palma. EWC
17 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Cadiz, Spain (bid supported by the RFEV)
18 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Brest, France (bid supported by the FFV)
19 That the 2012 European Championship shall take place in Schevennigen, Holland (bid supported by the KNWV)
20 The Fiji Yachting Association would like to officially express its interest to host the 2012 edition of the RS: X world championships in Fiji. FIJ
21 “Bids for Class Continental and World Championships will first be subjected to the scrutiny of the Executive Committee. Only those bids that meet with ExeCom approval will be presented to the AGM for further discussion” Rory

That the venue for a continental championship for both the Youth & Olympic Fleet shall be subject to a vote at a previous continental championship in that continent by paid up National Class Associations of that same continent.

Only in the case where there is not a properly constituted quorum or in the absence of a previous timely continental championship shall the vote be made at the AGM and then only by the NCAs of the relevant continent.

23 That the RS:X Class shall stage an annual Open European Youth Championships

Please note that youth divisions [U19] are included in continental championships outside Europe and these are open

24 It has been identified in the Youth Development Policy (YDP) that there is a need for equipment that helps sailors transition from the Techno to RSX. Given, as stated in the YDP – “We see that having an overlap with the Bic Techno class at the bottom end of the age range is a good thing. It will keep more young adults in the sport and allow them to race on equipment that is suitable to their body weight/physique” – it follows that the techno should be encouraged as the primary one design stepping stone/feeder class for the Olympic Pathway, a platform that is and has established itself as the first steps in talent ID and Skills Development in national junior pathways across most of the world, a situation that can only benefit a clear template for NGB’s and sailors a like.The proposal is therefore that rather than pursue a parallel RSX junior rig, the class should support the Techno 7.8 One design sail as the transition rig using the RSX platform. Therefore supporting both the current pathway and reducing initial costs, leading to the next step of Youth 8.5 RSX when ability and or size permits.