Banana River Resort in Cocoa Beach, drew nearly 30 participants and ended Sunday, Jan 4. Long time Olympic hopeful Beth Winkler was the driving force behind the regatta. Beth has put a tremendous amount of energy into renovating the resort for its guests and training athletes. Now the RS:Xers are focused on continued preparation for the Miami OCR, ISAF World Cup, Jan 25 - 31. For the Americans, the best eligible finisher will qualify for the 2nd position on the U.S. Sailing Team and best U.S. finisher will qualify for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
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RS:X prototype board. With a healthy quantity of used gear on the market, the Class decided not to adopt the new design because they feared the financial burden on the development of the class. Even though they liked the new fin, the test team really didn't see much performance difference in the new, lighter hull. They were worried the lighter board might not survive a new racer's learning curve. But Neil Pryde still hopes the Class will adopt their new RS:X Evolution Concept.
|Dominique with Beth|
2016 - The last chance for North American countries to get into the Rio Games for RS:X will be at the Miami ISAF World Cup event in late January, 2016 where one slot is available for women and two for the men. Who will represent the U.S. for RS:X at the Rio Games? The best combined finisher in the two 2016 ISAF World Cup events in Miami and Spain.