The new Olympic classes represent a revolution in the concept of sailing. The changes are substantial in some disciplines; for instance, windsurfing in the RS:X model will disappear as well as the women's match race which competes with Elliot 6m and with Star, one of oldest classes. In the women category, a skiff starts making part of the competition and there were attempts to include the Mackay FX which is nothing but the 49er hull but with the rig adapted to the girls; there were also other models considered such as the 29erXX and the RS900. Also, in the multihull category, the Nacra 17, catamaran -which will be mixed- has been the one chosen.
According to Borja Rodriguez, 'kite' trainer for more than a decade, "It is no longer a sport for the few, but for a large majority." In addition, he finds this a great opportunity to appeal to the authorities so that there are less prohibitions and provide more permissions to practice the sport.
Although this innovation in the Olympic Games has made many people happy, there has been a lot going on behind the decision. There has not been an open debate about giving continuity to windsurfing class whose last gold medal winner is the Spanish Marina Alabau, in London 2012. This situation responds to the fact that it has not achieved the 75 percent of votes in the ISAF Council for the reopening of the debate; 32 votes out of 42 members are needed for this purpose. The organizing committee for the Olympic Games of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) endorsed the proposal presented at the Annual Conference held in Dun Laoghaire, in Ireland. However, the proposal was not accepted. The Federation of Belarus, the Yachting Union of Latvia, the Polish Yachting Association, the Romanian Sailing Association and the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation presented the same proposal to the Committee with the aim of re-include windsurfing into the Olympic Games, which was excluded from them in benefit of kitesurfing or kite sailing, as an Olympic class at the 2016 edition.
Interestingly, after presenting all this information, windsurfing lost its status as Olympic class at the last bi-annual ISAF Congress after a tight vote in which the Council approved the kite as an Olympic class by 14 votes to 13.