- 15 August 2012 | Windsurfing
Windsurfing enjoyed fantastic conditions at the London 2012 Olympic Games. What's up next for the RS:X Class and NeilPryde?
Dorian Van Rijsselberge, from the Netherlands, won gold with two races to spare in the Men's RS:X after a series of exceptional performances. He finished ahead of Nick Dempsey of Great Britain in silver position and Poland's Przemyslaw Miarczynski, who took bronze.
"I think the job that the supplier did with the equipment was amazing, the margins they have to work with are so little and they definitely did a good job", says Van Rijsselberge.
"People complaining about the equipment is understandable, we're top athletes so if there is a millimeter here or there, which is incorrect on the board we feel it and we want to get the maximum out of the boards so we're really critical. But even though we're that critical they still made a really good job with the equipment".
Marina Alabau Neira, from Spain, took gold in the Women's RS:X event after a fine final day on the Nothe Course. The Spaniard was a dominant force in the event and rounded off her regatta in typical style, winning the medal race to seal her overall victory.
Tuuli Petaja of Finland claimed silver with a strong finish to the medal race, while Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka finished third on the day to claim bronze overall.
Neil Pryde was also in Weymouth for the final two days of races and was happy to see the event progress successfully. "I was extremely proud of the Neil Pryde RS:X on display at the Olympic Regatta. There is no doubt in my mind that the RS:X was the most exciting and professionally presented Class in the Olympic Sailing event".
With NeilPryde being the official supplier to the RS:X class, One-Design Manager, Emanuel Messiaen, was in Weymouth for the duration of the competition supporting the athletes and making sure that things run smoothly.
"The pressure was high and the atmosphere strangely heavy in the first few competition days but that was quickly blown away by the action on the water. 10 out of 12 races were performed in planing conditions providing a spectacular show", explained Messiaen.
"The flashy sails and boards emblazoned with pink and blue LOCOG colors were a big hit with the crowds that swelled to 5000 during the medal race."
Now, it's time to define the future of Olympic windsurfing. Will the RS:X sails be part of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games?