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4th January 2008 03:39 AM
James I used to think formula was a dumb idea for the Olympics because of the relatively high minimum wind requirement for fair racing.

But now I think it might not be so bad. For one thing, it's the only class of windsurfing that has a chance of not being a pure pump-a-thon. (Am I right?)

Having the exact same rules as the regular formula windsurfing class would probably be the simplest thing, i.e. any production equipment goes, just 3 sails and one board. But that would probably never happen, so it would have to be one design.

If it was one design, what would be the best?

Here's what I think:

Durable formula experience board like the current FE 160.
11.0 and 9.0, both rigable on the same carbon mast and boom.
Standard mast base, u-joint, and adjustable outhaul & downhaul for everyone.
2 fins: Maybe 73 cm and 68 cm.
3rd January 2008 05:48 PM
AlexWind It does, you just have to select the 2 lines, copy and paste in the address bar..
Oh, then press enter of course!
2nd January 2008 05:26 PM
Unregistered link doesn't work
2nd January 2008 05:22 PM
AlexWind I think that document refers to the old challenge for the olympic class.
It's "funny" that too many aspects of the board's specs were completelly changed: the RS:X is much more longer, and heavier!

The only good aspect (IMHO) is that the sails are a bit smaller now: 9.5 and 8.5 2 cams are better than 12.5 - 10.7 - 9.0 combination..

Starboard is working with olympic target with the Formula - Apollo project..
I hope they'll be able to succed in getting Formula boards in London!
I'd like to watch the big names compete for Olympic gold!
2nd January 2008 02:35 PM
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Formula to olympics

Quite interesting material here:
http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/sp_WDS_4ai-[3223].pdf?PHPSESSID=1e32165b8f281e191982757c6fc42847

Has Starboard same kind of project?

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