The Olympic RSX, Formula and Bic Techno National Windsurfing Championships are programmed to be held this year over 5 days (3 for the Technos) at the Manly Sailing Club, Whangaparaoa between the 18 and 22 February.
It is expected that the RSX class will have the most participants at the regatta with all of New Zealands top sailors competing including Tom Ashley, Olympic Gold medallist and many overseas competitors.
The Formula Windsurfing class is a high performance planing class alleged to be the fasted sailing craft around a course out of all sailing disciplines where it is not uncommon to reach speeds of 30knots on reaching legs in the right conditions. It is hoped that a small
contingent of Australians will attend alongside New Zealands best.
The Bic Techno class of windsurfers is a lead in class aimed at youth participation as a means of gaining confidence and ability towards the Olympic RSX class of board and therefore a wide range of abilities will be catered for.
With the 3 classes of windsurfers in one location, it should provide an impressive sight not seen at a National Championship for a number of years.
SOURCE: Windsurfing NZ