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Klint 2nd May 2008 11:56 PM

Formula Windsurfing One Design Olympic 2012
Great initiative! Really hope you succeed in convincing ISAF to abandon the RX class and replace it with Formula which makes much more sense. Let's hope for some real windsurfing action at the 2012 Olympic Games.

/ Andy

Joe 3rd May 2008 01:18 AM

I agree - great idea. I like the idea of finally 1 sail! Less cost and less equipment. Hopefully it will work in 6-25 knots.
Why not change the course at the low wind end (6-12 knots) to an Olympic triangle course - less extreme downwind should require less sail area.
Also interesting that the Apollo was not put forward?

Philip 3rd May 2008 06:35 AM

An excellent proposal. Goes to the heart of modern windsurfing. The London Olympics is indeed the perfect opportunity to showcase this progressive and exciting sport.

Unregistered 3rd May 2008 08:55 AM

Nothing against formula, but the fact is that the Oympic events are over a specified time frame and a result is a must. Cant wait around for 6 knots to get a result.

Unregistered 3rd May 2008 10:10 AM

Serenity olympics 2012
The Serenity board would have been a good olympic class as well...;-)

James 3rd May 2008 11:01 AM

Yeah, that wind minimum is a sticky point.

But I don't think 6 knots is too hard to come by in most places that would host a sailing regatta. There might be the occasional skunking, but I think the FOD could definitely work for the Olympics. I'd be happy to see it.

Does anyone know if adjustable downhauls and outhauls will be allowed?

viking 3rd May 2008 11:09 AM

The Apollo was supposed to be the board... Is it again this type of shape that Starboard put too quickly on the market without enough development?

It is true that the Olympic class shall work by any weather, but how do they to with the 49ers, I do not imagine at all this type of boat with 2 knots... We will see in China!

Doby 3rd May 2008 05:41 PM

Why an aluminium boom? This will not work with an 11 m2 sail.

Remi 3rd May 2008 08:59 PM

Hi Viking,

The Formula 162 was chosen because it's in the Formula Class rules. The Apollo work with a 75cm fins.

Hi Doby,

With the new Monocoque construction we get a real stiff alloy boom. And just to know we are using aloy boom in the FE class, but this new one will help a lot.

All the best

7075 3rd May 2008 09:25 PM

> Why an aluminium boom? This will not work with an 11 m2 sail.

It hasn't YET

There is help available.

But if foot strap screws are a manifestation of a disease, don't hold out hope for a miracle boom cure.

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