• Traditionally it has been very difficult for windsurfers to easily cross over into the world of professional sailing. While it has happened, it is rare and challenging with no clear pathway to professional sailing like in the traditional Olympic sailing disciplines.

  • However sailing has evolved and foiling is now at the forefront of those professional sailing tours and competitions. Should foiling be selected as the new Olympic windsurfing discipline then for the first time in history, windsurfing will offer a direct pathway to the America’s Cup, the GP50s, the WS Match Racing Tour and many others.

  • The skills you acquire in racing foiling windsurfers; the time on distance, the speed, altitude control, the laylines, the strategy and tactics, the sensation of flight; they all directly translate to the new era of professional sailing. Windfoiling offers a pathway to other high performance and foiling classes that was not previously there.

JUNIOR SAILING

  • The most exciting thing about windfoiling is that it is the meeting of the windsurfing generations and the meeting of the classes.  Windfoiling in New Zealand has been attracting children from Optimist, Laser, 29er and the Wasp. It is the cross pollination of classes and the generations that is leading to the rapid growth of windfoiling.  

  • The Bic Techno is arguably the most one of the most successful junior sailing class in the world. Last year alone, over 400 junior sailors competed at the Bic Techno World Championships. ENTER JUNIOR WINDFOILING 

  • The equipment is affordable, durable, easy to use and provides children with the necessary fundamental windfoiling skills which they require to progress through the ranks to Youth and beyond. 

YOUTH SAILING 

  • In selecting Olympic equipment in line with this tender, it important that a comparable foiling youth class is chosen as well. Excellent foiling/convertible equipment suitable for youth sailing is already available on the market. 

  • The parameters for this equipment should be, broadly speaking: a similar board to the Olympic equipment but in more durable construction. The sail for boys and girls should be the 8.5 and  7.5 m2 with the accompanying mast from the Olympic package or alternatively one of the rigs from the Techno, meaning that children would only have to purchase a hull when moving from Techno to foiling. The boom and foil mast should be made from aluminium; and above all it should be very affordable. 

  • Some brands currently produce equipment to these specifications and it is available through their worldwide distribution networks. The equipment is lower spec’ than the proposed high performance Olympic equipment, meaning with will be safe for children to learn to race on, more affordable and more durable. The speeds will be lower, limited by slower foil designs and made from aluminium construction. To continue the metaphor from above, the youth class should be seen as comparable to the 29er, or 420.

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