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     .. The First Message
Windsurf E-News: 13 - October 2002
JOINT LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR WHITE PAPER
At a meeting in Sylt last weekend, the classes together with the PWA agreed to support one policy submission to ISAF for the selection of equipment for the Olympic Regatta in 2008. Each class chairman has signed a letter of support for the “White Paper” which sets out proposals for criteria to be met by new equipment (with or without a dagger board) wishing to be considered for selection and proposes an ISAF sponsored test event.
To define the consequences for the entire windsurfing field in terms of image and exposure opportunities that it offers major brands, the joint classes will commission a marketing agency to make a study of the opportunities for the industry arising out of the proposed “white board”.
To find out more about the White Paper go to:
http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=181&parent=2&grandparent=0
or
http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=201&parent=181&grandparent=2

UPDATE OF RRS APPENDIX B PROPOSED
To ensure that the rules under which we race keep abreast of developments on the water, the joint classes have made a submission to the 2002 ISAF Conference proposing that RRS Appendix B be amended so that all windsurfing classes may race under the same rules from 2005 onwards. This is a further important step towards the strengthening of bonds within the windsurfing community and one with which the classes would like to be closely involved.

DEFINING THE ROLE OF THE IWA
The role of the IWA as a co-ordinating body for the classes is now clearly defined. Each class remains an autonomous body deciding on the normal things that classes have always decided upon. The IWA provides a supporting role taking care of the day to day unglamorous jobs like handling electronic entries for events; keeping membership records and acting as a communications hub whilst at the same time building understanding, trust and goodwill between its members. The new road that we are all embarked upon will not always be easy but through the vehicle of the IWA, it will be possible to move into a new era and a new century with confidence.
To find out more about the IWA go to:
http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=191&parent=4&grandparent=2

FORUMS NOW LIVE ON THE IWA WEBSITE
Go to http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=210&parent=12&grandparent=2 to make your views known on any of the above subjects. Your advice is of great help whether it is positive criticism, a new idea or just a simple expression of support. You can add your own topics as you wish. You’re welcome!

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF IWA APPOINTED
Rory Ramsden has been appointed as the executive secretary of the IWA responsible for the day to day running of the company, developing the website and monthly newsletter and assisting classes as requested. This new role is in addition to his existing responsibilities as secretary to IMCO, MJOD and Raceboard.
On appointment Rory commented, “I have windsurfed since 1983; sailed the waves off Round Rock, Barbados; helped organise major events worldwide and worked for the Olympic class since 1993. I am happy to have the opportunity to put my experience at the disposal of other classes”

MEASURERS@INTERNATIONALWINDSURFING.COM
During the first IWA AGM at Largs in Scotland, Steven Schrier who leads the Measurement committee explained its purpose in life, which is to stage measurement seminars and deal with questions arising out of existing class rules. Each ISAF approved international measurer supported by windsurfing classes is a member of the committee.
To ensure that you get a speedy response, click on Measurers@InternationalWindsurfing.com Your question will automatically be sent to the whole committee so at least one IM should get back to you pretty quickly with an answer. Any responses from a measurer will be copied to the rest of the committee so that all Measurers will know if an enquiry has been dealt with, and can add anything as appropriate.

NEW PRODUCTION BOARD REGISTRATIONS
A couple of weeks ago, Steven Schrier was beginning to wonder if this would be the year with hardly any new FW boards. How wrong could he be! The manufacturers never let us down with registrations coming in right up to the deadline on the 30th September. With a pile of forms sitting on his desk, this report can only be a guide to next season's Formula boards, but past experience assures us that all but maybe one or two will survive the registration process.
The reason for the early registration date is to ensure that on January 1st 2003, all the fully registered boards can be checked, ISAF Approved and in production and circulated around the world as the dealers call them in. Between now and January 1st factory checks will take place as required. Measurers will check the moulds and take various measurements off the first production boards. This will ensure the board that wins the 2003 world championships is as near identical as possible to the boards that you can buy.
The registering of Production Funboards continues throughout the year although after the 30th September newly registered Race boards will not be able to compete in International FW events until January 2004.
AHD: DIAMOND GT75 and GT85. FORMULA 945.
BIC: TECHNO FORMULA and FW 1.5
EXOCET: TURBO FORMULA 90 and 100.
FANATIC: FALCON T2
F2: FX100
GUN: MYTHOS
LIBERTY: AB+
MISTRAL: DEVIL II
ROBERTS: FORMULA R
STARBOARD: FORMULA 117, 147, & 157. In addition they have registered the ASA versions of the FORMULA 136 and 156 as Junior and Youth boards.
STYROTECH: FORMULA RACING

FURTHER INFORMATION: The full list of ISAF registered Production Funboards can be found on the IWA website in the 'Competition' section. The Formula Windsurfing Class 2002 approved boards list can be found at http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=class&name=boardlist&noBounds=1&source=file

2002 FW AGM (27/09/02 -Sylt)
MAIN DECISIONS:
- Newly elected “streamlined” committee structure with a clear mandate for 2003/2004;
- Concise and improved constitution;
- Confirmation of membership of the IWA;
- No changes to Class Rules;

THE NEW COMMITTEE IS:
Ceri Williams – GBR – Chairman
Didier Flamme - FRA – Vice Chairman
Andrea Cucchi - ITA
Ian Fox - AUS
Markus Huhtinen – FIN
Phil McGain - AUS
Subsequently the sailors voted for: Peter Bijl - H 280, and Dorota Staszewska - POL 1

IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVES OF THE NEW COMMITTEE …
- 2003 & 2004, class championships venues to be fixed;
- Publication by January 1st 2003 of the Class Championships Rules to include:
Qualification System;
Event & Tour agreements;
Standard formats for NoRs, SIs, and courses.
- Comprehensive structure for shortboard racing to include Youth and Junior Policy. – the “FORMULA” for success.

Essential to this scheme is recognition of the role each part plays in the “whole” picture-from national to continental level; and ultimately to the top level -World Championships and the PWA Racing Tour.

for the full report by the new chairman, Ceri Williams, go to: http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=article&name=021002

2002 MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP & ISAF SAILOR
Racers wishing to compete at the 2002 Mistral World Championship are required by ISAF to register as an "ISAF sailor" at http://www.sailing.org/isafsailor/
Please do so as quickly as possible and read of all the benefits that you will derive from this new service. These include e-mail Services, newsletter subscriptions, world rankings, direct email of the World Sailing Rankings and much much more.
The ISAF Sailor will provide you with your own personal profile, which you will be able to update and amend at any time, and subscribe to new services.
COACHES SHOULD BOOK BOATS AT THE VERY EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY
Enter on line via www.internationalwindsurfing.com

2002 MISTRAL ONE DESIGN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby officially given that the 2002 Annual General Meeting of the Mistral One Design Class will take place at the Pattaya Park Beach Resort Hotel, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya on Wednesday, December 11th @ 1830hrs.
National IMCOs wishing to put forward proposals for inclusion on the agenda must do so by November 1st 2002. Please send your submissions to rory.ramsden@btopenworld.com A draft agenda has been posted on the IMCO
website at http://www.imco.org/AgMin/2002AgndAgm.pdf
Delegates are requested to register by downloading the necessary form at
http://www.imco.org/AgMin/02modagmdelfrm.pdf

2002 MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Pattaya, Thailand, December 4th - 15th
Notice of Race: http://www.imco.org/regatta/02worldsnor.htm

MEASUREMENT NOTICE #1 (posted 02/10/02 at www.imco.org/regatta/02mwcmeasnote1.htm )
a) CLASS RULE 5.1.3 C) – RUBBING DOWN
Competitors’ attention is drawn to class rule 5.1.3 c) which states…
“ Rubbing down the bottom and deck surface using wet and dry abrasive material is permitted in order to restore it to it¹s original condition”
Official Interpretation Of Class Rule 5.1.3 c)
- The surfaces of an unused new hull shall not be rubbed down using wet and dry abrasive material..
- Bottom and/or deck surfaces of all other hulls which have been treated in any other way using any other means will be considered to have contravened Class Rule 5.1.3 c) and shall be subject to protest in accordance with RRS 78.3.
b) Class Rule 5.1.6.1 (Centre of Gravity)
In alteration of Class Rule 5.1.6.1, hulls branded “2004” are expected to have a c of g between 160 & 165cms. The exact tolerance dimension from the HDP will be confirmed by the championship chief measurer before the first race.

PRODIGY NORTH AMERICANS 2002
The prodigy one-design racing class is developing in the USA and elsewhere. The first North American Championship will be staged at the Suncoast Classic, in St Petersburg, Florida, November 2-3. This event, hosted by Fleet 12 Tampa Bay Windsurfers, and sponsored by Watersports West, has been a Mistral Championship in previous years, and is also a stop on the US Windsurfing National Tour.

The acting secretary of the U.S. Prodigy Class Association is Nathaniel Siddall, who can be reached at mailto:nsiddall@earthlink.net. (phone: 734 475 6758) A national class association meeting will be held November 1st, prior to the Suncoast Classic regatta. For more information contact the commodore of Fleet 12, Jim Mills, at mailto:james_mills@atk.com. Prodigy charter boards will be available for use at the regatta, and for information on that, visit http://www.watersportswest.com/

OLYMPIC COACHES AVAILABLE
IMCO has a list of Olympic coaches available for long or short term contracts with MNAs, individual racers or multi national groups. Assistance can be offered with development programmes, youth training and on a one-to-one basis.
Contact IMCO_International@compuserve.com

SPORTSHOWS TELEVISION
(September 9, 2002) Earlier this year, Sportshows Television, based in London, joined the PWA Tour as the International Television partners for the PWA. It’s their job to go and film the events and distribute the TV images around the world. Sportshows are producing eight, twenty-five minute programs for international distribution on the PWA 2002 world tour. To read more: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/origcol.php3?articleid=160

RECOVERED WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT
Jamestown Police Department have recovered a windsurfer, mast and sail, which is unclaimed. On the deck forward of the mast is an IMCO Decal with the number 145875 and a serial in the fiberglass on the stern which reads 011208106(?). Enquiries to Lt Paul B Balzer, Jamestown Police Department, Rhode Island. Telephone: 4014231212 or Fax: 4014233710

2002 AGM MINUTES NOW AVAILABLE
IFCA
Westende, Belgium, 24 August 2002 – The Minutes are now available at
http://users.pandora.be/the.webbit.nv1/ifca/agm02.htm
ALOHA
Largs, Scotland, 5 August 2002 – The Minutes are now available at
http://www.alohaclass.org/news/020903_agm.html
RACEBOARD
Largs, Scotland, 7 August 2002 – The Minutes are now available at http://www.raceboard.org/onb/02RbrdAGMMin.pdf

EVENT REPORTS, RESULTS & RANKINGS
FW WORLDS/PWA GRAND SLAM, SYLT, GERMANY
20-29 September 2002
Apart from the slight hiccups in race one and eight, it was a perfect score of 5.6 points for reigning and now undefeated women’s formula class world champion Dorota Staszewska. Antoine Albeau led the competition from the total survival conditions of day one right up to the penultimate race yesterday, Kevin “the even more consistent” Pritchard (Bic/Gaastra) finally reeled the Frenchman in and sneaked into the top slot. Regrettably no wave competition.
Final results men: http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&source=file&noBounds=1&name=290902_1
Final results women: http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&source=file&noBounds=1&name=290902_2

BAD LUCK FOR JAMIE LEVER (GBR-5)
Two days before the start of the competition (FW Worlds), while training, he twisted badly and has a disc problem in his back. No more racing for this year. We wish him full and speedy recovery - and look forward to seeing him on the tour again in 2003.
FW GRAND PRIX 2002
Antoine Albeau leading GP Ranking after 3 events - ranking - http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=news&source=file&noBounds=1&name=021002

MISTRAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
MISTRAL EUROPEAN YOUTH & JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Neusiedlersee, Austria, September 4th -15th 2002
Men: 12 Races 2 Discards 1. FRA 7 Alexandre GUYADER, 2. ISR 18 Gal FRIDMAN, 3. FRA 178 Nicolas BEUDOU
Women: 12 Races 2 Discards 1. ITA 25 Alessandra SENSINI, 2. GBR 1 Natasha STURGES, 3. FRA 24 Lise VIDAL
Full results: http://www.austriansummergames.at/db/index.php?id=18
Photo gallery: http://www.mistraleuropeans02.0catch.com/

ISAF WORLD RANKINGS FOR OLYMPIC CLASSES
In the Mistral Classes for both men and Women, there is little movement into or out of the top 20. In the Women’s fleet, Lai Shan Lee (HKG) remains firmly entrenched at the top, nearly 800 points ahead of second placed Anna Graczyk (POL), herself having moved up from third. Fellow Polish teammate Katarzyan Prygiel moves back into twentieth position after a month out of the top 20. No one leaves or joins the top 20 in the Men’s fleet, although, Przemek Miarczynski (POL) loses his top spot to Nicolas Huguet (FRA) moving up from fourth place into a position at the top of the pile he has not occupied since February
Mistral men
http://www.sailing.org/rankings/publishrankinglist.asp?rankdd=1&rankmm=10&rankyy=2002&clscode=M-MIS&clsdesc=Mistral+%2D+Men%27s+Sailboard.
Mistral Women
http://www.sailing.org/rankings/publishrankinglist.asp?rankdd=1&rankmm=10&rankyy=2002&clscode=W-MIS&clsdesc=Mistral+%2D+Women%27s+Sailboard

2002 LA COUPE DES ISLES, PWA, 2002 FREESTYLE GRAND PRIX
Baker and Pritchard are joint winners as the Magdalens deliver the goods!
Full results available on: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/eventresults.php3?eventid=31
Photo gallery: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/photogallery.php3?photos=E31

2002 PWA IRISH WAVE GRAND PRIX
Brandon Bay, Ireland 10/03-10/10, 2002
Preview: http://www.pwaworldtour.com/origcol.php3?articleid=162

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