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RYA Youth and Junior Pathway Announced

00:00 2nd December 2005 by Boardseeker
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RYA Youth and Junior Pathway announced

Following on from the recent ISAF decision to use the Olympic RSX board as the Youth board at the ISAF Youth Worlds Championships the RYA is pleased to announce the new Youth and Junior pathway. It is exciting times for Youth and
Junior Windsurfing and with two new boards the RSX and the BIC Techno), in the pathway the opportunities available are numerous. The RSX has proven to be a fantastic new board providing new challenges and differing demands.

With 2006 being the first season that the RSX is used at Youth level the opportunities to get ahead are plenty. Obviously
the sooner sailors familiarise themselves on the new equipment and learn the techniques associated with sailing a
hybrid board the better placed they will be to succeed in Youth and Olympic Racing.

The RYA’s advice in order to provide sailors with the best chance of success is for sailors to transfer to the RSX
equipment (8.5sqm sail and 60cm fin) as soon as possible. It is understood that ISAF have made this decision relatively late in the year and some sailors may have already committed to another class. Those sailors whose commitments are unchangeable can rest assured that there will still be coaching and racing for MJOD and IMCO throughout 2006. However MJOD and IMCO will be phased out of the RYA programme at the end of the 2006 racing season.

The Pathway Explained

Under 14
Under 14’s will be on a BIC Techno with a 6.8 one design rig, The RYA designated equipment.

Under 14’s will be on a BIC Techno with a 6.8 one design rig, The RYA designated equipment.

Under 16
For 2006 in this age bracket there are three choices dependent upon weight/ability and experience. Lighter or new into
the sport later will be on a Techno 7.8. Heavier (over 58kgs) would choose an RSX board with an 8.5 sqm rig. Those
already competing on the MJOD and cannot change over to the RSX, can continue to race on the MJOD for the 2006
season.

For 2006 in this age bracket there are three choices dependent upon weight/ability and experience. Lighter or new into
the sport later will be on a Techno 7.8. Heavier (over 58kgs) would choose an RSX board with an 8.5 sqm rig. Those
already competing on the MJOD and cannot change over to the RSX, can continue to race on the MJOD for the 2006
season.

Under 18
Under 18 sailor’s have two choices. The RYA preferred choice is to transfer to the RSX as soon as is possible; however
the other is to continue racing and training on the IMCO forthe 2006.

Under 18 sailor’s have two choices. The RYA preferred choice is to transfer to the RSX as soon as is possible; however
the other is to continue racing and training on the IMCO forthe 2006.

2005/06 Season

There will be three RYA National Squads running in 2005/06:

Techno (6.8/7.8)
MJOD/IMCO
RSX

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