JEFFRIES explained, 'We talked to the coaches about what the organization of the class is, where we see the organization as it moves forward.'
He was keen to stress the importance of partnership to the development of the class, 'I see the class as having three entities. I see it as having the group of sailors, the MNAs and the coaches and then we as the administrators do what's best for the class. We're the political and administrative side of things for ISAF and IOC, but the coaches, the sailors and the MNAs are of course critical and we cannot forget any one of those.'
RS:X International Manager, ANGUS also announced the relaunch of the RS:X website, next week, which will become more class orientated, featuring more information on upcoming regattas and events, as well as providing forums for sailors and coaches and allowing event orgainzers to publish information on their events.
|Neil PRYDE joined the
competitors, coaches and
officials in Cadiz
The RS:X team used to session to introduce themselves and establish a relationship to the sailors they are representing. According to JEFFRIES, 'This is the first time we've had a large group of sailors together. We've had two other formal regattas, one in China, one in San Francisco in the USA and now this one, and with over 120 sailors here at this event, to give them the opportunity to say to us as a class to say, okay - this is how we are moving forward, this is what we're doing, here are the people, let me introduce you to the people that are your representatives on the class administration. Work with us, talk to us, we're open to you, we're not hiding, we're not saying we won't talk to you, we're stepping up and introducing ourselves to you and saying we're here for you.'
Neil PRYDE himself was also in Cadiz on Friday, and delighted to see so many of the new boards lining up for competition, ''It's really outstanding getting this level of interest,' he said. 'We started in November last year, when the decision was made to go with RS:X, all we had was one prototype and now we've delivered more the 500 boards. Sailors have come from all around the world and we're getting 120 sailors here competing in that short time is pretty amazing and I think it shows the level of interest we've created in a high performance one-design class… It's a partnership between Neil Pryde Limited and ISAF and what we've seen so far is that it's a partnership which really is working.'
|Mike GEBHARDT gives some
tips on setting the rig up
The second day of racing gets underway in Cadiz today with the French duo of Nicolas HUGUET and Faustine MERRET leading the overall standings. The first warning signal is due at 1300 hours local time, with www.sailing.org bringing you all the latest news from the water.