RS:X Class

The RS:X Class is working closely with Neil Pryde Windsurfing to achieve an 'Evolution' in the performance of the RS:X hull without changing its existing shape, durability or longevity. The mold remains the same. The Hull may just get lighter.

The 2009 RS:X AGM approved a submission to carry out a feasibility study to find out whether this is possible without resorting to exotics which could make the hull more expensive.

Given Class AGM approval, the RS:X Evo hull would be introduced on Jan 1st 2013.

RS:X Evo 1 is being tested now. Evo 2 is on the way. Given Feedback from top racers round the world, modifications can then be made before a further submission is made to the class AGM.

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Gabriel Browne

With 2 races on the final day of the Fortaleza Grand Prix it was all to play for.

The overnight lead held by Alberto Menegatti (ITA4) all but evaporated with a disastrous first race this morning, when he finished 10th.

It was a race that Gabriel Browne (BRA50) led from start to finish.

It would take a minor miracle in race 15 for Alberto to regain the overall lead - a reversal of the positions in the previous race would do it!

Alberto led at the start - and "Biel" was down the fleet ; however the young Brasilian fought back to take first place on the last leg of the race. What a finish.

Alberto had to be content with second place in the race and second overall in the event.

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In the Laser 2 sailing class, Nikola was a three-time National Youth Sailing Champion, representing Canada at the 1995 Youth Worlds placing fifth and winning the Women's Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds.

In 1999, Nikola went on to pursue her goals in windsurfing. While living on Maui, she trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association's World Cup Tour.

The summer of 2001 was Nikola's first season in the 470 class sailboat and after a successful four year Olympic Campaign in the 470, Girke placed 13th at the Athens Olympic Games. In 2005, Nikola made the switch back to windsurfing. The 5 time Canadian Women's Windsurf Champion took on a new challenge, to compete on the Olympic Circuit on the RSX windsurfer.

Nikola Girke, from West Vancouver, Canada, learned to sail at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club and developed her racing career at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. After graduating from West Vancouver Secondary School, Nikola received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

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