The supplied sailing equipment for the 2008 Olympic Games will shortly be on its way to Qingdao following successful inspection visits to the manufacturers made by ISAF.
Members of the ISAF Technical Department have recently returned from visits to China, Great Britain and Thailand to inspect the Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X equipment which will be used by competitors during the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Four of the 11 sailing events will be contested in supplied equipment, which is provided to the athletes when they arrive at the venue, the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre. As the sails of the supplied equipment are adorned in the national colours of the competing athletes, a draw for supplied equipment was made back in April. Following on from this, the next step in the process has been the manufacture of the boards, dinghies, masts and booms. Following on the successful visits to the manufacturers, the equipment will now be shipped to Qingdao ready for the start of the Olympic Sailing Competition on 9 August.
The visit to manufacturers forms part of ISAF's responsibility for technical control and direction of the sailing competition. The equipment is inspected in preparation for the allocation of equipment to the sailors who will compete at this year's Olympic Games.
The RS:X windsurfer will be used for the first time at the Olympic Games in 2008. It is a brand new design which combines both elements of the traditional longboard with the newer, more manoeuvrable shorter and wider boards. It will be used in the Men's Windsurfer and Women's Windsurfer events in Qingdao.
Norbert MARIN, ISAF Technical Officer, spent two days at The Neil Pryde factory in China inspecting masts, sails and booms for the RS:X equipment. The inspection then moved on to the Cobra factory in Thailand for five days for the inspection of the RS:X boards, fins and centreboards. David MEAD, Production Manager Neil Pryde Windsurfing, co-ordinated the project with assistance from Bruce WYLIE and Prayat VIBOONTUN, Manager and Quality Assurance Manager respectively in Cobra's Windsurf Business Unit.
Whereas the RS:X is totally new design resulting from an ISAF Equipment Evaluation Trial for the windsurfer events, the Laser and Laser Radial used as equipment for, respectively, the Men's One Person Dinghy and the Women's One Person Dinghy events, is a tried-and-tested design which has built an unmatched worldwide following.
Simon FORBES, ISAF Technical Manager and Jean-Luc MICHON, International Measurer and Laser Class Chief Measurer, visited the Laser Performance facilities in Great Britain to inspect the supplied Laser and Laser Radial equipment for the 2008 Olympic Games before it is shipped out to Qingdao. The national flags were printed by Big Image in Sweden onto the Laser and Laser Radial sails made by Hyde Sails in Cebu, Philippines, a project co-ordinated by John BROOKS. The rest of the Laser and Laser Radial project has been overseen by Paul BEDELL, Senior Engineer and Tom ROSOMAN.
Sailors competing in the remaining seven events of the Olympic Sailing Competition ship their own equipment to Qingdao. The equipment will then be inspected by the ISAF Measurement team over two Measurement periods which last from 2-7 August and 6-13 August.
The Measurement Regulation and all the other documents and news related to the Olympic Games at www.sailing.org/olympics