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Windsurf E-News: 5 - February 2002
 
IWA WEBNEWS No.5. FEBRUARY 2002
A great deal has been happening in the last few months. Formula Windsurfing has been evolving. Sail size restrictions have been added and Junior and Youth boards have been launched to create a well interfaced structure for the Class as it moves ever closer to being selected for the Olympics. There is also talk of other new designs being prepared to make Olympic bids. We all wait to see how this develops.

The IWA is also going through change, both in Executives and rules. Most of important of all is the application to join received from IMCO and JMOD. Only with all the Classes on board can the IWA do the job all windsurfers want us to do. There is one other Class hovering on the side lines. BIC’s Techno Class has been running national series in several countries. They dipped their toes in the ISAF water at the 2001 Lisbon Conference and look forward to coming back in 2002 with a firm International application.

The IWA has employed its first professional member of staff, Annie Smith who will run the office on Hayling Island in the UK. Annie has many years of experience administering windsurfing and will among other jobs be taking entries for the IWA sanctioned International events.


FURTHER INFORMATION SOURCES:
IWA WEBSITE: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com
From this site you can get information on all the Classes and the PWA.
IWA OFFICE: info@internationalwindsurfing.com
IWA RACE OFFICE: raceoffice@internationalwindsurfing.com
ISAF: http://www.sailing.org/
PWA: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/
EUROCUP: www.euro-cup.org/
HAYLING ISLAND BEACH CAM. Check out today’s windsurfing at the IWA’s Southern Headquarters:
http://www.haylingisland.net/channels/watersports/surfcam.shtml

INDEX:
1. AND NOW THE GOOD NEWS
2. IWA EXECUTIVE JANUARY MEETING
3. FW ASIAN CHAMPS
4. BOARD REGISTRATION SYSTEM CHANGES
5. NEW PRODUCTION BOARD REGISTRATIONS
6. FW SAIL MAXIMUM SIZES
7. ISAF RACING RULES OF SAILING
8. TECHNO FORMULA
9. YOUTH AND JUNIOR BOARDS
10. TEAM15
11. USA NATIONAL TOUR
12. VIRUS WARNING
13. FW AND IFCA EXECUTIVE CHANGES.
14. 2002 DIARY
15. THANKS FOR THE MEMORY

1. AND NOW THE GOOD NEWS…..IMCO JOINS THE IWA

The IWA Executive held a meeting at the Dusseldorf Boatshow, Boot ’02 in January at which the representatives of IMCO and the JMOD, Diederik Bakker and Peter Krimbacher, were warmly welcomed. The IWA now is an association of all the International Windsurfing Classes that are active.

IMCO HotNews Number 2/02 can be found at the end of the attached Newsletter and Press Release files.

2. IWA EXECUTIVE MEETING, 25TH JANUARY 2002

Executive Changes: The Executive met and confirmed new representatives from the following Classes. Marc Cardon, Formula Windsurfing. Bruno de Wannemaeker, Funboard. Peter Krimbacher, MJOD.
Diederik Bakker, IMCO. In addition, Ceri Williams became the Aloha representative in September 2001.

The new executive elected Bruno de Wannemaeker as the second President of the IWA.

Steven Schrier is standing down as Honorary Secretary, to concentrate on Measurement and board registration, and Ceri Williams is taking his place.
Peter England resigned in September as Honorary Treasurer, John Ellis, who is a London accountant, has taken on this position.

Guy Chilvers, Industry representative was made a full voting member of the board and a director following promises from seven brands to help financially support the IWA.

Events and Competition Committee: This committee was formed with Ceri Williams as chairman.

Measurers Committee: Steven Schrier was asked to form a committee of all the International board measurers. So far Barry Johnson, Bruce Kendal, Ceri Williams, Rory Ramsden and Bill Joselin have agreed to join the committee.

New IWA Office: Annie Smith becomes our first Office Administrator offering a professional service to the Classes. mailto:info@internationalwindsurfing.com

Decisions were made concerning publishing of the year/rules book, joint events, upgrading the website and much more. Please check out the attached Press Release.

3. FW ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 22nd – 30th MARCH, THAILAND.
Received from Thailand.

The Formula Windsurfing Asian Championships are coming closer and closer- the start will be in less than two months from now. Since today there is additional information on our websites: special offers for
accommodation and transfers from Bangkok International Airport to Hua Hin.

The official hotel will be the Sofitel Central Hua-Hin Resort, one of the most beautiful hotels in South East Asia (known also as the famous beautifully renovated railway station hotel). Take the opportunity to
stay in this place for a really special price...
http://www.windsurfingthailand.com/HuaHin/main.htm
http://www.formulawindsurfing.com/2002/basic_frames.htm
mailto:ibsa.steiner@spectraweb.ch

4. BOARD REGISTRATION SYSTEM

FW: There have been some considerable changes since the FW Class decided to only Internationally and Nationally race boards registered by 1st January. Manufacturers are warned that FW boards for 2003 must have all their registration papers sent in by 30th September 2002.

Funboard: Although there are some small changes to the registration scheme, boards can still be registered throughout the year to race nationally and 60 days or 30 days before World and Continental championships respectively.

Full details have been circulated to all registered manufacturers.

5. NEW PRODUCTION BOARD REGISTRATIONS

Formula Windsurfing international competitors should also check with the FW Class association (Website) to see when they can use newly registered race boards in World, Continental and other international events such as the Euro-Cup.

The following new boards have been fully registered:

Bic FW 1.4
F2 T-Rex 100-II
F2 X Speed 125 Slalom Board
Mistral Devil Formula 268
Mistral Prodigy
Starboard Formula 136, 156, 156 Space, 186 and 186 Space.

The following boards have been approved subject to receipt of mould check information. Competitors can be assured that these boards will be registered to race shortly.

AHD Formula 98 NT
Drops MB 15
Kinetic Formula 95
Lorch Silver Thunder
Mike Lab ML 95

Production Funboard enquiries: Steven_IFCA@compuserve.com
Formula Windsurfing enquiries : 106313.3266@compuserve.com
And check out the Web Sites.
6. FW MAXIMUM SAIL SIZES

The following Division maximums have been agreed with ISAF.

Men /Open 12.5 sq.mt
Women and Youths 11 sq.mt
Juniors 8 sq.mt

We presume Masters are classed with Men.
All sails must be produced by ISAF Licensed sail makers. A list will be available soon. This rule is ‘suspended’ until the list has been published in March. We gather sails produced in earlier years will not have to meet this requirement provided they are not larger than the maximum size allowed. Check the Class website for full details http://www.formulawindsurfing.com/2002/basic_frames.htm
7. ISAF RACING RULES OF SAILING

If you want to see a good reason why Funboarders do not want to go back to the Racing Rules of Sailing, click on http://www.mistralkorea.co.kr/casebook20012004/startpage.swf. Just kidding, but
Heebum Kwon from Korea has animated a selection of ISAF appeal cases which is a great way to learn the intricacies of the rules.

8. TECHNO FORMULA

Its not normally the job of the IWA to promote a new Class which is not International or Recognised by ISAF, but in this case we make an exception because it has been chosen for a major event. This is from the factories publicity.

The new Techno Formula puts the fantastic performance of Formula boards at everyone's reach. It benefits from developments at the highest level that got us the title of World Champion 2001. Its planing ability and its speed close to the wind are exceptional. The Techno Formula has it all, be it performance or accessibility. Utilizing the philosophy which made the Techno 283 such a huge success, the Techno Formula incorporates some freeride characteristics for easy jibes. The Techno Formula has been selected for the ISAF World Sailing Games that will take place in Marseille in 2002 and is the official Youth Formula One Design Board.

Shape
Extreme width: Powerful for early planing from 8 knots of wind. Able to hold a large fin and therefore large sails (up to 12.5m²), also extremely stable at the tail. Rounded rails in the front: allows for smooth jibes and smooth downwind at full speed. Quite thin rails on the rear improve upwind performance/ jibes. Vee: soft touch on the chop, full control at top speed, easy jibe entry. Raised front rocker: acceleration, soft touch on the chop, easy control (no sudden catching). Two footstrap positions: two possible sailing styles: race or freeride.

Specifications
Design – Formula/Freeride Race
Length – 266.5 cm Width – 94 cm Volume – 170 l Fin – Superfoil 62 cm Ideal Sail Size – 8.5 to 12.5 m2.

9. YOUTH AND JUNIOR BOARDS

Bic and Starboard have come out with new designs for this IWA supported concept. We hope to provide you with details in the next IWA News.

10. RYA’s LATEST IDEA….TEAM15

The UK’s national authority has come up with a new way to encourage the youth into competition, Team15. Windsurf Schools and Clubs have been encourage to each organise a group of 15 youths aged 15 and under. The RYA approved instructors will give special training in team racing, shortboard freestyle, on on one ‘blasting’ and speed sailing. Racing Vests will be provided and inter club events are planned.
Check out www.Team15.org.uk

11. USA

US Windsurfing is sponsoring a national windsurfing festival tour and race series in 2002. This will feature 13 regattas around the country, with windsurfer racing in several classes. Scores from the individual events will be totaled, to determine the national series winners. In addition to racing, the national tour events will feature freestyle contests, "learn-to-windsurf" and pro clinics, youth programs and novice races. Sponsors will be providing cash and product prizes, along with giveaways, T-shirts and coupons. US Windsurfing is the national governing body for windsurfing in the United States, and promotes recreational windsurfing and racing at all levels.
For more information see the US Windsurfing web page at http://www.uswindsurfing.org./
Here is a list of the tour events:

US WINDSURFING NATIONAL TOUR

March 2-3 Midwinters, Merritt Island, FL
April 13-14 WET Spring Regatta, Hampton Roads, VA
May 4-5 Newport Fun Cup, Newport, RI
May 23-27 US Open/US Windsurfing Nationals, Corpus Christi, TX
June 1-2 Toledo Championship, Toledo, OH
June 22-23 Hoyle Schweitzer Course Race, Kanaha, HI
July 22-29 Pan-Am Cup, Puerto Rico
August 10-11 Gorge Cup, Hood River, OR
August 17-18 San Francisco Classic, St Francis Yacht Club, CA
September 7-8 Toucan Open, Lake McConaughy, NE
September 21-22 Wind Power Championship, Fond du Lac, WI
November 2-3 Fleet 12 Regatta, St Petersburg, FL
November 7-10 Islamorada Pro-Am, Islmorada, FL

12 VIRUS WARNING

We are now getting Viruses nearly every day but fortunately Norton Anti-Virus has quarantined them all.
Phill, who besides having experience working in the Virus busting department of a London software consultancy also is my youngest son and never sends out a virus warning unless is especially serious. Most virus warnings are in fact, hoaxes themselves designed to get you all blocking inboxes with multiple emails. Anyway, here is Phill’s warning. Take is seriously. Nothing is more time consuming than having to wipe one’s hard drive and start all over again, especially if you put off backing up your data!

‘There is a virus out at the moment which is quite smart in the way that it randomly changes both the subject line and the name of its attached file, therefore if you go to check to see if it is a virus, on an Anti-Virus site,
it will probably say that it is not (recognised as one).

I just received one in my Hot Mail the file was called CGEJLACG.exe, see what I mean, means nothing! and the McAfee virus checker that hotmail uses DID NOT pick it up!

So this is really just a reminder, any attachment .exe, .bat, .scr etc, if you don't think that person sent it to you i.e no personal comments added "Hi Ceri, this is good" then DON'T OPEN IT!!!

Be aware,
Phill Thanks, Son.

13. FW AND IFCA EXECUTIVE CHANGES

FW: In Brazil, last October at a meeting of the FW Class, Marc Cardon (FRA) was elected President and Matthias Regber (GER) Vice President. We are told that there is no intention of appointing a treasurer or a secretary so all communication at this time should be directed to Marc at mailto:marc.cardon@wanadoo.fror Matthias at mailto:matthias@choppywater.de

IFCA: Bruno de Wannemaeker (BEL) has been elected President by the Executive and John Darling (CAN) has been appointed Honorary Secretary. Their e mail addresses are: mailto:bruno.ifca@pandora.be and mailto:fwdsail@idirect.com

The IFCA WebSite is currently being moved and is not up to date. Please treat any information on the website accordingly. The site will reopen on the 1st March. The Production Board list is on the IWA WebSite and will be updated very shortly.
14. 2002 DIARY

At the moment the FW and IFCA are negotiating championships. IMCO has a big program which can be seen on their web site. Annie will be working hard to get a full calendar onto the IWA website soon. Please be patient.

Check out the online Calendar on our Website: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/ in a couple of weeks.

15. AND FINALLY A THANK YOU

I first started writing Class Newsletters in 1966 for the International Fireball Class. The first ones were turned out on a Gestetner litho printer and posted round the world to arrive a week or two later. I remember spending hours trying to get the red ball which was the class insignia in the right spot and the right colour and density. Now one sits at a computer and it all gets to you in seconds.

Sadly, this is my last Newsletter. Today, I retire both as Hon.Secretary of IWA and IFCA. It has been loads of fun and I thank you all for giving me a chance to play a part in this splendid sport of sailing.

You will still be hearing a little from me on the board registration and measurement front so I am not dropping dead, just slowly fading away.

Thank you all again…………………………………………………..Steven


IMCO HOT NEWS Edition 02/02
IN THIS ISSUE
1. Introduction
2. 2002 Yearbook
3. ISAF Casebook now on the web
4. PWA announce new media partners
5. Olympic Qualification System
6. ISAF Sailor
7. Upcoming events
8. Results & World Championship Qualifiers
a) Mistral Oceania Championship
b) Mistral South American Championship
c) Sail Auckland
d) Rolex Miami OCR
9. ISAF Ranking Lists
10. … and finally !

1. Introduction

The first meeting of 2002 of the IWA board was held recently in Dusseldorf in a constructive and positive atmosphere. This was the first step. The organisation will take time to mature into the powerhouse we all hope it becomes. You will see below that one windsurfing yearbook is to be produced; the classes will continue to stage joint events; one office will handle entries for major events using electronic forms generated from a revitalised website; the cross pollination of ideas and attitudes will produce new ideas and new thinking; all this is positive and bodes well for the future.
Hurrah!

2. 2002 Yearbook

IMCO will not be producing an individual Yearbook in 2002 although the information is on www.imco.org already. Having joined the IWA with the Mistral Junior One Design Class, the classes are to get together and produce one Yearbook containing all the relevant contact details, class rules and qualification systems. It is hoped that this will make life a lot easier for all those involved with windsurfing whether they work in the industry or for a National Authority, National Windsurfing Association or National Class.

Those members of the windsurfing press or media wishing to receive a copy should contact Annie Smith at the IWA office on e-mail Iwaoffice@cs.com

3. ISAF Racing Rules explained!

Heebum Kwon of IMCO Korea has spent a few productive months animating the ISAF RRS Casebook and uploading it onto the web. A fantastic effort for which we all have cause to be grateful. This should allow racers everywhere to study cases on an interactive and easy to understand site.
Please go to http://www.mistralkorea.co.kr/casebook20012004/startpage.swf
…. And the code flags…
These can be studied at
http://www.mistralkorea.co.kr/casebook20012004/startpage.swf

4. PWA World Tour Announces Partners for Growth

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) today announces two new partners that will push the Windsurfing World Tour forwards to a greater presence on the international sporting landscape. Sportshows Television Limited have been appointed as the new media partner for the PWA World Tour and Proteus Sports Limited have been awarded exclusive marketing rights to the Tour. This will take immediate effect with the 2002 season due to start in April.
Sportshows Television is a television production and distribution company based in London and operating on 5 continents. A specialist in lifestyle sports from sailing to surfing, Sportshows TV will bring the highest international production values and their unique experience to the filming of the PWA World Tour (www.pwaworldtour.com). A fresh approach to the Tour will combine with long experience and specialist equipment to produce a dedicated World Tour television series of unprecedented dynamism and energy.

This World Tour series will be distributed worldwide to a potential household audience estimated to be in excess of 200 million homes.

Proteus Sports is a specialist sports marketing company with offices in London and Hong Kong. As the company responsible for the creation and promotion of the Asian Windsurfing Tour they have unique experience in the sport and an impressive track record. The PWA World Tour sits at the pinnacle of the sport, it¹s raw energy and youthful image will be presented globally by it¹s own dedicated television series and Proteus will recruit sponsors to partner the Tour towards further growth.

The PWA World Tour for 2002 is set to take in fourteen events throughout Europe, North America and the Caribbean with exciting Wave, Freestyle and Racing events.

For more information contact-
Sportshows Television at +44 207-731 4242 or e-mail cliff@sportshowstv.com
Professional Windsurfers Association at Tel: 1 808 877 6465.
pwamaui@mauigateway.com

5. Olympic Qualification System

ISAF have announced the qualification system for Athens 2004. The entry quota for Mistral Men is 35 nations and for Mistral Women is 28 nations. 35% of the qualifiers will be taken from the 2002 Worlds (12 men nations & 10 women nations); 45% from the 2003 Worlds (15 men nations & 12 women nations) ; and 20% from the 2004 Worlds ( 7 men nations & 5 women nations) which must be held before May 1st in Europe. For the full text, please go to
http://www.imco.org/regatta/o4olyqfs.pdf
6. ISAF Sailor

For racers expecting to take part in the 2002 Mistral World Championship (Pattaya, Thailand Dec 6th >16th), an important development in the ISAF website is very near. You will soon be able to register as an ‘ISAF Sailor’ and create your own ISAF profile in an on-line database. This system will link to the Sailing Ranking database where event organisers will be able to upload results directly into the Ranking Lists, which will be automatically updated. For you the racer, there will be many advantages. Current mistakes in the lists will be a thing of the past. Each racer will be clearly identified by a unique ID. There will be an on-line record of all results of all graded – and later even non graded- events. A whole range of new exciting possibilities enhanced by the latest information technology will also emerge as the system develops. These will bring real benefits to you the racer and to IMCO.

However, ISAF needs your co-operation to make this work. In order to process the results for the Olympic Qualification Regattas, all participating sailors must register on the ISAF website and obtain an ISAF Sailor number. Your entry to the Worlds shall include your unique ID. Then IMCO can process your results including this unique code and send it to the ISAF.

You can find more details about the system on:
http://www.sailing.org/isafsailor

7. Upcoming events

a) Silcer International Regatta - Progreso Mexico - February 23rd > 24th
Information from marinasilcer@multired.net.mx

b) Mistral North American Championship (February 25th > March 3rd ) -
scheduled to take place on Merritt Island, Florida, USA. It is being run in conjunction with the USWA Mid-Winters so the whole event will be a big windsurfing festival. An international Formula Windsurfing Fleet will join the Mistral OD Fleet. More than 20 countries are expected to take part. The organisers are bidding to stage the 2003 Mistral Junior & Youth Worlds so this might be a good opportunity to check it out…
Information at www.calema.com/NAregistration.html

c) Carnival Race – Cadiz, Spain - 28th Feb > 2nd March (same race site as the 2003 Worlds)

d) Olympic Garda 2002 - March 3rd – 9th 2002-
Website: www.circolosurftorbole.com

e) 2002 Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week - 16 to 20 March-
website www.barcelona-on-line.es

f) Llave Del Golfo – Cuba- March 23rd > April 1st –
Information from alicia@inder.co.cu or gral@inder.co.cu

g) Mistral Asian Championship- Shenzhen, China March 28th >April 5th
NoR at www.imco.org/ramsden/02AsianNoR.pdf

h) Scandinavian Race Week- June 19-21
E-Mail: ted.graeslund@kdy.dk

i) 2002 ISAF Volvo Youth Sailing World Championship - Lunenburg Nova Scotia,
Canada 18 -27 July 2002 Website: http://www.lyc.ns.ca/Youths2002/index.htm

j) Mediterranean Race - 28th July to the 3rd of August 2002-
E-mail: ftv@planet.tn

k) Gdynia Sailing Days -13th to 17th August 2002 –
Website: www.sail.gdynia.pl

l) 2003 ISAF World Championships - Cádiz, Spain 11 - 25 September 2003
Website: www.cadizworlds2003.com

8. Results

2002 Mistral Oceania Championship
http://www.sailmelbourne.com.au/raceresults/index.asp
Worlds Qualifiers:
JP Tobin (NZL), N Dempsey (GBR), D Tidey (GBR), T Ashley (NZL), M McCormick
(NZL), S Radley (NZL),
J Wells (NZL), L McCallin (GBR), K Ueno (JPN), M Lancey (AUS), R Oishi
(JPN), B Tillier (FRA), A Ram Hong (KOR)

2002 Mistral South American Championship
http://www.imco.org/regatta/02SArslts.pdf
Worlds Qualifiers:
R Santos (BRA), M Galvan (ARG), E Incingir (TUR), M Benitez (ARG), M
Cordioli I(BRA), A Isola (URU), F Pucci (BRA), DO Lima (BRA), S Fantin
(URU), D Manhães (BRA), A Castillo (URU), Fs Pasqualin (BRA), A Azar (URU)

2002 Sail Auckland
http://www.imco.org/regatta/Sail Auckland 2002.htm
Worlds Qualifiers:
H Sims Williams (GBR), J Grunfelder (NZL), J Bonnitcha (NZL)

2002 Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta
http://www.imco.org/regatta/2002 Rolex Miami OCR Mistral Results.htm
Worlds Qualifiers:
D Mier Y Teran (MEX), P Wells (USA), Z Plavsic (CAN)

9. ISAF Ranking Lists

Mistral Men (Feb 6th 2002)
http://www.sailing.org/rankings/publishrankinglist.asp?rankdd=6&rankmm=2&ran
kyy=2002&clscode=M-MIS&clsdesc=Mistral+%2D+Men%27s+Sailboard

Mistral Women (Feb 6th 2002)
http://www.sailing.org/rankings/publishrankinglist.asp?rankdd=6&rankmm=2&ran
kyy=2002&clscode=W-MIS&clsdesc=Mistral+%2D+Women%27s+Sailboard

10. …and Finally

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RORY RAMSDEN
IMCO Webmaster


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