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Windsurf E-News: 1 - March 2001
 
IWA WEBNEWS No.1 - EARLY MARCH 2001
The IWA is now operational, although it will be a few weeks before all departments are working efficiently. You will see later in this newsletter that we are inviting applicants for the job of Secretary(General Manager) which will be a full time post to which we plan to add secretarial staff as required. The events list is filling up rapidly and we are glad to report that organisers are co-operating with the new organisation which brings together all the major classes, accept IMCO which is voting on the matter in the very near future. We hope they join our family which we believe is the real future for windsurfing. Judging by the many E. mails we have received from around the world, most windsurfers agree with us.

FURTHER INFORMATION SOURCES:

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INDEX:

First IWA Executive Meeting.
IWA Annual Class Fee Schedule
International Event Sanctioning Fees and benefits
IWA Job Vacancy
British National Associations Amalgamate
Junior Windsurfing Classes
PWA Champion's Profile…Lucienne Ernst
Latest Board Registrations
Maximum Board Width
IFCA on holiday
2001 Calendar


1. FIRST IWA EXECUTIVE MEETING

On the 14th February, at ISAF in Southampton, England, the IWA held its first Executive Meeting. Before the formal meeting commenced, Secretary General Arve Sundheim welcomed the committee members and wished them success in their endeavours. An IMCO observer attended at the committee's invitation.

The first act of the Executive was to elect Felipe Bellini of Spain and the Raceboard Class, to the office of President for 2001. Peter England (Formula Windsurfing), Mike Dempsey (Aloha) and Steven Schrier (Funboard) automatically became Vice Presidents. It was agreed that the presidency would rotate until each Class representative held the presidency in turn. Classes nominate their representative and may change them in accordance with their own rules (annually or bi-annually).

Guy Chilvers was approved as Industry Representative and Phil McGain is the approved PWA representative.

The January Dusseldorf meeting was discussed and Guy raised the possibility of the Industry hosting the 2002 meeting in Dusseldorf or Paris.

The National Association Class Fee structure was agreed for 2001. It will be reviewed for 2002.

Building Fees: ISAF has indicated that it will share the fees with the IWA in accordance with agreements already in place with other Classes. This was welcomed. The procedures will be tightened up.

Sail Tag Fees: FW is applying a system this year, but an all Class fee system will have to wait until approved by the Classes and commence in 2002.

Corporate Sponsorship: Guy Chilvers presented a scheme, which it is hoped will be supported by the majority of the main players in the Industry.

Event Sanctioning and Competitor Entry Fees. There will be an IWA fee built into the entry fee for all Member Class World and Continental Championships. Organisers of other international events will be offered slots/places in World events at attractive rates. Their events would have to be observed by IWA approved officials. Publicity will only be given to Sanctioned and Recognised events. Consideration will be given to holding an Organisers meeting in Dusseldorf or Paris 2002.

Rory Ramsden reported that IMCO would be considering joining the IWA at its next Executive meeting and a postal vote could be organised shortly afterwards to formalise the decision. The IWA Executive welcomed the news.

The IWA Office structure was agreed and the international search for the Secretary/General Manager will start with an advertisement on all websites possible. The IWA has told ISAF that it was very interested in taking space in the expanded ISAF offices should it become available.

It was decided not to make Class reports and they had been made at the Dusseldorf meeting.

Under any other business, PWA Israel's application to the Israeli government was noted. The IWA will publish the upgraded Funboard Racing Rules, It was noted that the FW Class did not wish to sanction World or Continental championships where sail stickers were compulsory unless prize money of not less than £8000 was given. The ISAF approval of the 1005mm width of Production Funboards was noted and this will be applied to 2001 FW World and Continental events.

Finally, President Felipe Bellini proposed that Donald Sutherland be the first person to be offered Honorary Membership of the IWA, for his outstanding services to windsurfing in the UK and worldwide. This was approved unanimously.

2. IWA ANNUAL CLASS FEE SCHEDULE

This replaces the annual subscriptions associations and competitors have been paying to International Classes, either directly or via organisers.

In principle, Associations will decide which Classes they wish to represent. There is a choice of A, B or C subscription per Class represented. The higher the subscription, the more places/slots are guaranteed at world championships. The fees range from £25 to £100 for the current IWA Member Classes. ISAF MNA's will be given first choice as to which Classes they represent and send teams to World championships.

The full details are attached is a word. doc for MNA's and NA's only.


3. INTERNATIONAL EVENT SANCTIONING FEES AND BENEFITS

There are sanctioning fees for organisers of International events who wish to have world championship slots for their winning competitors. These events will be monitored by an IWA appointed official to ensure Class rules are observed. The IWA will publicise the events and put the results on the Website. For more details, organisers should contact: info@internationalwindsurfing.com


4. IWA JOB VACANCY

SECRETARY (GENERAL MANAGER)

The International Windsurfing Association is seeking an experienced administrator to fill the post of Secretary (General Manager)

The successful applicant will have a good background in competition sailing and/or Windsurfing with solid experience in administration. He or She will be fully I.T. literate and capable of operating a computer-based system for Accounting, Records, and Communications via E Mail and the Internet.

The job entails taking full responsibility for the day to day running of the association in accordance with IWA Policy, including recruiting and supervising of staff, cash flow control and regular reporting to the of the IWA Executive Committee

The Secretary (General Manager) will create and maintain internal and external communications, produce strategic plans and applications for funding, liase with IWA's appointed Sports Marketing Company and Sponsors. He or she will co-ordinate the organisation, publicising and pre-event administration of Major International Championships. The position will be predominantly office based, however some international travel may be required. The IWA operates primarily in ENGLISH, so a very high proficiency is mandatory. Additional language skills will be advantageous.

Salary: £35,000 per annum OTE (on target earnings). Contract by negotiation.

A committee appointed by the IWA Executive and headed by an independent chairman approved by ISAF will conduct interviews and selection.

All applications will be treated in the Strictest of Confidence. Applicants will in the first instance be sent a copy of the Job Specification and a job application form.

All forms will be sent out on the 20th March. These should be returned promptly, with a CV to:
Steven Schrier, Honorary Secretary.
E.mail: Steven_IFCA@compuserve.com.
Tel: +44 (0)23 9246 3595 Fax: +44 (0)23 9246 0824.


5. BRITISH NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AMALGAMATE

The British Windsurfing Associations (BWA), originally formed in 1983 as the PBA to provide shortboard racing, officially amalgamates on the 1st January 2001 with the United Kingdom Boardsailing Association (UKBSA) which goes back to the 1970's and specialised in longboard racing. The new organisation is called the UK Windsurfing Association. Mike Dempsey, current chairman of the UKBSA will be President and Ceri Williams, current chairman of the BWA will be chairman. The e.mail address is: ukwa@cwcom.net

6. JUNIOR WINDSURFING CLASSES

The following information was supplied by the French FFV. It sets a standard for Junior racing Divisions which is worth studying carefully. The name of the system is FUNKIDS.

Funkids Start at 12 years, 12, 13, 14 years for MINIMES MEN and WOMEN, 15, 16 years for CADETS MEN and WOMEN, 17, 18 years for JUNIORS MEN and WOMEN,

The board, Sails, the number of camber, Fins, the mast and a carbon % are decided by a national technical committee.

Funkid Measurement Rules:

1 board, 2 fins, Mast 40% carbon maxi,
Minimes Sail 1 6.5 max, sail 2 5.5, sail 3< 4.5
Cadets Sail 1 7.5 max, sail 2 6.5, sail 3< 5.5
Juniors Sail 1 8.5 max, sail 2 7.5, sail 3< 6.5

Funkids rules are a nationale funboard rules. In 2000 the French federation has negociate with the manufacturer 10 boards and 14 Sails. We have a National Championship with regional selection. At this national championship the board, sails are supplied by the manufacturer. In Championship 2000 the board was Bic Techno 2.83 and the manufacturer sails were Neil Pryde, North and Bic.Windsurfing department, FFV.


For the PWA we received this interesting profile.

7. 2000 PWA CHAMPIONS PROFILE

Lucienne Ernst H444 (Mistral, Arrows) - 2000 PWA RACE WOMENS CHAMPION

2000 FINAL PWA RACE RANKING: 1
2000 FINAL PWA WAVE RANKING: 6
2000 FINAL OVERALL RANKING: 3
D.O.B.: September 24, 1973
YEARS ON TOUR: 9
2000 PWA RACE VICTORIES: 3
2000 PWA EVENT RESULTS:

RACE
1st - Chilli Aloha Classic Race
1st - Fuerteventura Grand Slam Race
1st - Gran Canaria Grand Slam Race

WAVE
9th - Chilli Aloha Classic Wave
7th - South West Ireland Wave Grand Prix

2000 PERFORMANCE

From the start of the season Lucienne has dominated women's racing. Her superior board speed and cool starts have given Lucienne the edge necessary to become a convincing champion. Unflustered by the tough competition that built up behind her Lucienne took the lead all the way to the end of the season, winning two of the four rounds in the Chilli Aloha Classic Tour Final. Speed is a speciality of Lucienne's and now she has moved up to the number one spot she is not likely to be moved on very easily. Her superior racing and good wave ranking allows Lucienne to finish in third overall.

CAREER LANDMARKS
2000 - 1st PWA Overall Race
2000 - 1st Chilli Aloha Classic Race
1997 - 6th PWA Race Overall
1996 - 9th PWA Wave Overall
1996 - Dutch ladies Speed record
1991 - Dutch Funboard Champion

PERSONAL DETAILS

NATIONALITY: DUTCH
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Reeuwijk, HOLLAND
HEIGHT: 176cm (5'8")
WEIGHT: 66KG
SPONSORS: Board: Mistral Sail: Arrows Others: Oxbow, Red Bull
MARITAL STATUS: Single
1999 TOUR RATINGS: Wave:6th Race :2nd Overall: 2nd


8. LATEST BOARD REGISTRATIONS 23rd February 2001

Only Fully Registered Production Boards are allowed to race in Formula Windsurfing and Funboard Class International events. The full list of boards registered in the last four years is available on the IWA Web Site. Address enquiries to: info@internationalwindsurfing.com

EXOCET are in the process of registering the Formula XL 89, 269cm long by 100cm wide, 8.2 kilos and 170 litres. F2 have fully registered the Race Formula Windsurfing. 258cm long x 85cm wide, 7.8kilo and 135 litres.

KENETIC have started registering the Formula 95. 266cm x 94cm, 8.2 kilos and 170 litres.

LORCH have started registering their Competition Race F1 260, 259cm long by 94 cm wide, 8.1 kilos and 145 litres and the Competition Race F1 266, 263cm long by 92cm wide, 8.3 kilos and 165 litres

MISTRAL are in the process of registering the MTX 105 Slalom, 271cm long by 58cm wide, 6.3 kilos and 105 litres, and the MTX 125 Slalom, 281cm by 63cm wide, 6.9 kilos and 125 litres.


9. MAXIMUM WIDTH OF BOARDS

This a just a reminder, that as reported in the December 2000 IFCA Web News No.6. , the maximum width of Production Funboards for 2001 is 1005mm. IFCA and FW are continuously reviewing the measurement and we shall announce our intentions early in June or July so that manufacturers can plan their 2002 models well in advance. There have often been comments that no maximum is required. But others are very concerned now that there is the possibility of one metre long fins being required for 150cm wide custom boards!!


10. IFCA ON HOLIDAY

The IFCA Office in England is closing from the 2nd March until the 17th March. Steven and Sheila have decided to have a real holiday that has nothing to do with windsurfing, sailing or family! Send all IFCA enquiries to: Luc.Rogiers@ping.be


11. 2001 DIARY

See the online Calendar on our Website


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