• Women's skiff RS900. Photo RSsailing
    Women's skiff RS900. Photo RSsailing

There is just over four years left until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and ISAF boat testing is about to begin for the women’s skiff. 

RS Sailing has launched their campaign for the RS900 to be on the start line in Rio. The RS900 was purposely designed and built for a women’s team, weighing 110-130kg, to sail at the Olympic Games.

“We began the process several years ago, believing that the RS800 could be modified to become the women’s skiff but quickly realised that although it was arguably the most suited of the current bunch it would never be perfect for Olympic women,” said RS managing director, Martin Wadhams.

“So our own RS team of Alex Southon and Nick Peters has worked with Phil Morrison to start from Scratch and design the RS900 without compromise.”

An evaluation team will hold trials, overseen by ISAF’s Equipment Committee, in late March 2012.  A report will then be submitted to ISAF. With final equipment selections for the women’s skiff to be decided at the ISAF mid-year meeting in May 2012.

For more information on the RS900 head to the RSsailing website.

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