The RS:X Class held its seventh Annual General Meeting in Cadiz, Spain during the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships. Obviously knowing that the future of the class as the Olympic board event is on the line, the class voted for a number of items that highlighted their dedication to developing and widening the popularity of the class.
The class called for the ISAF Mid Year Meeting delegates to vote for 'windsurfing men' and 'windsurfing women' as the two boards events to take part in the 2016 Olympic Regatta.
The class debated and agreed to stick with the existing equipment following the strong growth the RS:X has experienced over the last four years as shown by the 54 nations that have taken part in the Olympic Q events. Thereby maximizing the investment already made by MNAs.
Also they would work to expand the number of countries racing RS:X round the world even further by moving to mandatory charter of provided equipment at major events. To this end they would enpower the RS:X Executive Committee to negotiate with Neil Pryde Windsurfing with a view to adopting a 'provided equipment for major events model' much like the International Laser Class have historically done at their world championships for approval by the next AGM in February 2013
The concept is to ensure that the four major RS:X events move to provided equipment and are joined by two SWC events yet to be decided.
The class has also worked with others over the last four years to help them develop a digital dashboard for use at major regattas, to provide almost instant results, tracking and other media at events. And this was the key to attracting 94,457 unique visitors to the RS:X micro-site in the seven race days of the recent 2012 Worlds. The class agreed to move to an entirely 'digital official notice board' provided that a touch screen TV is made available on the venue on which the ONB can be viewed.
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24 April 2012 23:24