The RS:X Worlds Have Begun
The Official opening of the Inaugural RS:X Windsurfing World
Championship is scheduled to start today in Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy.
Emerald green water, soaring mountains on either side make Lake Garda
one of the most picturesque venues in the world. Coupled with the the
fact that this will be the biggest one design fleet to race in possibly
25 years. Currently we have 250 registered competitors, with more
suspected to trickle in this morning as the measurement continues. As
well as the Championship we are launching the official RS:X website
today, with links to video, photos, daily reports, featured athletes
and behind the scenes. Just click on www.rsxclass.com for all the daily
updates, as well as breaking news as it happens.
The competition kicks off with the practice race scheduled for 12:00
mid day followed in the evening with the opening ceremony. The host
club is the Circolo Surf Torbole. A club that was formed in 1978, with
a very long history of running windsurfing races, having run numerous
world and european events. Flanking the club are a splattering of
windsurf centres, eagerly catering to the windsurfing public.
Windsurfing tourism is a major part of Torbole, historical windsurfing
equipment and autographed posters and photographs can be found in
restaurants, bars and hotels everywhere.
Lake Garda is only 200ft above sea level. In comparison to the highest
peak to the east Monte Baldo at 6000 plus feet. Typically the wind
conditions vary from northerly, (Peller) in the morning, and the
southerly (Ora) in the afternoon. With wind strengths consistently in
the 25 knot range The Talent field is stronger than ever, with multiple
World Champions and Olympic medalist, ready to battle out for the
chance to be the First RS:X World Champion, 2006.
more uptodate reports on the new rsx calss website at www.rsxclass.com
as well as regatta reports me me (Steve Bodner USA 4) at