RS:One is an exciting, ISAF-approved one-design racing class by NeilPryde. One sail, one board – everyone competing on the same equipment. It's the rider that makes the difference.
RS:One comes from the same racing pedigree as the Olympic RS:X and the NeilPryde RS:Racing. This universal one-design class allows male and female racers of all ages to compete on the same equipment. RS:One is a fantastic opportunity for sailing and yachting clubs and federations to organize races and attract newcomers - bringing back the regatta fans to the sport.
ISAF council granted the ISAF Class status to the RS:One on 12 November 2011, at the annual ISAF meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This recognition is a great step forward for the worldwide Class growth and will see the first RS:One World Champions at end of 2012.
PATRICE BELBEOCHBoard Designer
PWA world wave champion, 1996
PWA ranking 2 overall, 1996
What is your involvement within this project?
I wanted to work on a board which will be the natural step to the RS:X. It is a great opportunity for our sport and for our young racers as it seems that they are not satisfied with existing boards today. The one-design concept allows everyone to compete on an equal footing while encouraging and developing sportsmanship. Mr. Neil Pryde and I share the same view on this and our paths crossed.
The combination of my world cup experience and the different R&D programs that myself and shaper Jean-Marie Guirec have been involved in over the years helped with the board development.
Can you explain the board design brief?
Even if the design brief looked simple on paper, it was actually pretty complex to achieve. The RS:One must excel in a large spectrum, performance, range, handling, accessibility, and still has to fit with the evolving sizes of youngsters (taller, stronger). The simplicity of use and its attractiveness are key to the success of the RS:One. No matter if you are in light, medium or strong wind conditions, you will still get the same pleasure sailing this board.
What is the first test feedback like?
The first test feedback from the NeilPryde team confirmed the thoughts shared with my son Cedric and other, young Bic Techno OD 293 athletes. The RS:One performs incredibly well in all kind of winds. The parallel outline board shape provides great glide. The 63cm dagger board helps the board to perform in sub-planing conditions while the 48cm fin brings the board to high speed in planing conditions. The board allows for wide curve jibes creating amazing speed out of the turn that will be a clear advantage on the race course. The RS:One is a result of many months of R&D and international tests conducted by different athletes in Brittany, Hong Kong and Denmark.
The board is designed with the under 20's in mind but, can it be a competitive Raceboard or an alternative to a wider windsurfing audience?
The RS:One can't be compared to a Raceboard as it is a one-design board like the RS:X. A Raceboard is longer in length and comes with different sail sizes, which makes the comparison impossible. I can guarantee the incredible potential of RS:One in light winds, it will be extremely difficult to beat once the wind picks up and allows the board to plane. On top of that, this board will be easy to handle and therefore really fun to ride.