The WINDSURFER Class presents its candidature for the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris
The class Windsurfer has been nominated for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, back to the origins of Los Angeles 1984 where was a demonstration discipline.
Simple, spectacular and inexpensive, These are the keywords for the Windsurfer LT. THE IWCA (International Windsurfers Class Association) announced his candidacy with the Olympic Games of 2024 in Paris a few days ago in World Sailing, the world government body for the sport of sailing.
Through the versatility of the equipment Windsurfer, the competition includes races race class, slalom, Freestyle and Marathon. This adds a spectacular element to the event with options to keep the competition near the shore – perfect for spectators.
In November 2018, during the annual meeting in Orlando, The world Sailing confirmed the continued participation of windsurfing (masculine and feminine) Summer Olympics in Paris 2024, but at the same time announced a revaluation of equipment by a technical Committee.
The evidence and the recommendations will be taken by a special technical Committee of the World Sailing. The criteria include a mandate to reduce the risk of monopoly suppliers in the interests of all Olympic sailors.
The sport of windsurfing is composed of a large community that takes on recreational and competitive, which vary according to the type of equipment used. These include wave riding, freestyle, slalom racing, funboard, Freeride and regattas. The regatta is the Olympic class, by classes of racing multibrand as raceboard and foiling, One Design classes as Windsurfer, Techno and many other. The characteristics of one design longer boards have always been identified among those closest to the needs of Olympic sailing classes.
Windsurfing is a class of Olympic sailing from 1981 When the IYRU (International Yacht Racing Union), the predecessor of the World Sailing, had to name the Olympic class, choosing between two sailboards; the original Windsurfer One Design and Windglider. The Windsurfer was produced in several continents under license by Hoyle Schweitzer, While the Windglider was developed and produced by Fred Ostermann only in Germany.
Surprisingly the Windglider was selected at the end of 1983, less than a year before the start of the Olympic Games. The main motivation was that the Windsurfer had been manufactured in polyethylene, for this had been rejected because its shape could be slightly modified by exposing the table in the sunshine and increasing the temperature of the material.
At the time, the decision IYRU was a scandal and the IOC had to take the decision to admit the Windsurfer as a demonstration sport at the games in the disciplines of Slalom, Long Distance and Freestyle. The motivation was that the Olympic sailing event lacked attraction and that Windsurfer with its colourful sailing 5,7 square meters could improve this image thanks to its spectacular disciplines.
Windsurfer features today are the same as the 1984. The rig has retained its original form. The Panel was slightly redesigned and stiffened as it is no longer manufactured in polyethylene and is much lighter than its predecessor. For this reason, his new name is Windsurfer LT (Light) and was developed as a “White Board”. This means that all brands of Windsurfing concerned may sell this table with your own logo.
The presentation of the class Windsurfer presented to the Technical Committee of the World Sailing can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2GJHKrF
source: The IWCA Executive Secretary Lisa B
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