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Windsurf E-News: 12 - September 2002
KIM – THE LATEST NEWS
MEDICAL UPDATE
After spending two weeks hospitalized in Greece, US Sailing Team member Kimberly Birkenfeld (Miami, Fla./Myrtle Creek, Ore.), has been transported via air ambulance back to her native Oregon. Birkenfeld, the number one ranked Women's Windsurfer on the 2002 US Sailing Team, will continue her recovery at the Oregon Health and Science Hospital in Portland.

Birkenfeld was preparing for the Athens 2002 Regatta on August 8 when she sustained two injuries -- to the base of her skull, and a leg laceration -- from a motorboat propeller. The motorboat driver was instrumental in getting Birkenfeld to shore where she was quickly transported to the hospital. The accident remains under investigation by the Greek Coast Guard who will not issue a report until they have been able to obtain a statement from Birkenfeld.

"US Sailing will not comment further on the circumstances of the accident while this investigation remains open," said Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Fred Hagedorn (Chicago, Ill.). "Until she is able to share her impressions of the accident, we hope our position complements the ideals of fair-play that Kimberly, herself, has always exhibited." Hagedorn, acting as a spokesman for Birkenfeld's family, stressed that they have no desire to take any attention away from Kimberly and her recovery.

"Recovery from a serious trauma, such as that which Kimberly has received, is a slow process. Kimberly has continued to improve over the past two weeks and remained stable throughout her transport by Critical Care
International. She remains in the ICU and is now undergoing a full evaluation with the medical team at her new hospital."

Further updates on Birkenfeld's condition will be issued as her progress dictates. - Jan Harley

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We all hope that Kim's condition continues to improve and that she makes a full recovery.
DANIEL SCHEINEN
It is with deep regret that ISAF advises the passing away of Daniel Scheinin (ISR) on August 9 2002 in Athens, Greece.

Mr Scheinin, who was 63 years old, passed away suddenly whilst attending the Olympic Test event in Athens and our condolences go to his family for their dreadful and sudden loss.

Mr Scheinin became an International Measurer for the 420 in 1988 and later became an International Measurer for the 470 class as well. He has also worked as a measurer at several high profile Mistral events and was appointed IMCO Observer at the Olympic Test Event in Athens. Mr Sheinin was well known by the 420 and 470 fleets and known to love working with the sailors. He started sailing at the age of 12 and soon began sailing 420s before moving to keelboats, for the last three years he competed as tactician in an Etchell. Mr Sheinin was a friend for the sailing community and will be missed. -- ISAF, http://sailing.org

AMENDMENT TO NOTICE OF RACE # 3
2002 AUSTRIAN FORMULA WINDSURFING OPEN
Now the National FW Championship. No entries for this event will be accepted after September 1st 2002. The entry fee has been reduced to Euro 70 for the AFWO and Euro 40 for the pre-event training camp.
Go to http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=156&parent=94&grandparent=3 to complete your electronic entry.

2002 MISTRAL PRODIGY EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Draft class rules published on the IMCO website on July 24th 2002 at http://www.imco.org/regatta/ProdigyCR2003.pdf Any rig up to 8.5 sq. metres allowed with any fin not larger in any dimension than the stock Mistral Prodigy fin. Bring your own rigs (max 2 rigs) and fins (one per rig) and, by arrangement, race a chartered hull.
Give it a try by going to http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=99&parent=94&grandparent=3 to complete your electronic entry.

WEATHER
Recent heavy rain in Europe has not effected the Neusiedlersee unduly.

FW WORLDS
Westerland/Sylt (Germany) 20-29 September 2002
On-line entry: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=102&parent=94&grandparent=3
Pre-NoR: http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=nor&id=16

FW AGM
International Formula Windsurfing Class is pleased to announce its third Annual General Meeting which will be held Friday, 27th of September 2002 at 20:00 in Großer Saal, Tourismus Service - Westerland/Sylt – Germany
http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=article&name=280802
NEW MJOD WEBSITE now on line:
http://www.imco.org/junior/Junior%20Frameset.htm


NEW LOOK TO ALOHA WEBSITE
http://www.alohaclass.org
Still in its infancy, but we hope to see the site build rapidly.
2002 IFCA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
& Windsurfing Euro-Cup
Westende, Belgium, 20-25 August 2002
Steve Allen wins; Wojtek Brzozowski second; Only Formula Windsurfing racing possible. No Wave-Freestyle possible due to conditions.
To read more and to view photos from the event, please go to:
http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&id=217
For the Final Results please go to: http://www.boatreference.com/glob/racemod/asp/html/lijsten.asp?soort=uitslagen&wedstrijd_id=8

JUNIORS, YOUTHS, MASTERS AND RACEBOARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Largs, Scotland
191 competitors; only 3 races possible in FW Youth Wolrds; 1st - Seth Besse (USA)
Aloha Boys: 1st - Enrico Collura (ITA) Aloha Girls: 1st - Sophie Anne le Page (FRA); (Under 15) 1st - Lukasz Grodzicki Raceboard: 1st - Gao Chuanwei (CHN) RB Masters 1st - Paul Page (NZL)
Most of the Formula Class sailors were just happy to get a World title result. Most of all the USA's.
Full results are available on the IWA Website: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=121&parent=3&grandparent=0
2002 MAGDALEN ISLANDS PWA GRAND SLAM FREESTYLE PREVIEW
(August 25, 2002) The Magdalen Islands, which lie in the middle of Canada’s Gulf of St Lawrence, will be hosting the next stopover on the PWA freestyle tour. Commencing on the 1st of September and running through until the 7th ..
http://www.pwaworldtour.com/origcol.php3?articleid=151

2002 PWA FREESTYLE KING OF THE CARIBBEAN PREVIEW
(August 23, 2002) Professional and amateur windsurfers from around the world will meet on the island of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Caribbean) December 11 to 18 for the Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) World Championship Freestyle Finals 2002. ..


IWA AGM
The minutes of the IWA AGM are available to view on: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=34&parent=10&grandparent=2
Go to: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=191&parent=4&grandparent=2 to view the PowerPoint presentation slides entitled Defining the Role of the IWA.

Also the “White Paper” is available to view in its entirety at
http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=181&parent=2&grandparent=0 or as PowerPoint presentation slides http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=201&parent=181&grandparent=2

ALOHA, RACEBOARD & IFCA AGM Minutes should be available on the respective Class websites soon.
THE WINDSURFING ERA PWA FORMULA RACING WORLD CUP 2002
6-11 August 2002, Leba
Go to the PWA site for results, photos, reviews go to: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/eventsummary.php3?eventid=40
or to: windsurfingEraCup.com

FW EURO-CUP
Lake Silvaplana 14–18 August 2002
Read the full Christine Johnston story -http://www.women.formulaworlds.com/news/19.08.02.html
Women’s Results: http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&source=file&noBounds=1&name=170802_1
Men’s Results:
http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&source=file&noBounds=1&name=170802_2

NEIL PRYDE BALTIC CUP FINALS
Tallinn, August 4. Today, the largest and most popular surfing competition in the Baltics, the Neil Pryde Baltic Cup finals were finished at Hawaii Extress Surf Club at Pirita, Tallinn, Estonia. The full list of results, photos and lists of participants are available at http://www.netgroup.ee/cup2002

MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Pattaya, Thailand, December 4th > 15th
Notice of Race: http://www.imco.org/regatta/02worldsnor.htm
NB-
COACHES SHOULD BOOK BOATS AT THE VERY EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY
Enter on line via www.internationalwindsurfing.com

OPEN DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC CLASSES
17-22 September 2002
Medemblik, The Netherlands
http://www.opendutchsailing.org
email: info@opendutchsailing.org

2003 INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS GAMES
August Saturday 30th to September Saturday 6th 2003.
To include: Mistral One Design Men, Mistral One Design Women, FW Men, FW Women.
For the time being, 3 countries have formally announced their intention to take part in sailing activities: Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion. The organisers would be very pleased to welcome competitors from : Comores, Madagascar, Maldives. To contact the local organisers: e-mail: slocum@intnet.mu
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