Windsurf E-News: 14 - November 2002
|2002 IWA Chairman’s report
|2002 has seen the bonds brought by the co-operation between the classes continuing to strengthen through regular meetings at major regattas or trade shows. The vehicle for this co-operation is the International Windsurfing Association which is a limited company registered in the United Kingdom. It has no shareholders and provides regular financial reports to the classes for whom it collects revenue and deals with expenditure.
The IWA is taking care of day to day administration for classes as requested; is receiving electronic registrations for class championships; is preparing a unified annual calendar; is publishing and updating the IWA Yearbook containing each set of class rules; and is maintaining its website as a central news and information hub. The classes are in the process of merging their e-mail databases so that their joint monthly e- newsletter reaches as many as possible.
The main aims of the association are to
•Maintain the highest possible technical standards at international regattas;
•Build a worldwide corporate identity for the sport;
•Establish clear development policies;
•Act to strengthen bonds between classes;
•Resolve conflicts of interest;
•Put surplus class funds into a development trust;
•Establish a reputation for prudent financial management
The most important achievement of the classes in 2002 is the agreement to unite behind 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 have commissioned a marketing agency to make a study of the opportunities for the industry arising out of the proposed “white board”.
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.
To offer MNAs a clear development path in the area of Junior and youth racing, the long board classes have announced a unified racing structure which takes into account existing national activity. Similar efforts to establish a parallel path for the “short board” classes are being made with IFCA and IFWC working closely together to promote a career structure to support the PWA World Tour.
The numbers taking part in regattas worldwide this year has been good and is set to increase with the advent of a junior development policy in the USA; the growth of the Mistral Junior One Design Class from 3 to more than 20 member countries and the continued strength of the Aloha Class in Europe.
Meanwhile, FW racing has been adopted as the format of choice for the PWA World Racing Tour. Both organisations co-operated to stage a spectacular weeks racing in Sylt at the FW World Championship in September in which 25 nations from 4 continents took part. This followed increased activity in both North America and Europe where FW racing tours are in place.
In the Mistral Class, numbers racing in the major AOC regattas are good. The European Championship in Austria was very well supported and the conditions extremely tough. This was possibly the most demanding yet for the racers. However, an excellent race committee made good calls all week and, judging by the closing party, all went home satisfied. The Mistral Worlds will take place in Thailand this coming December so let’s hope the wind gods are co-operative with the excellent local organisation.
In conclusion, it must be clear that the windsurfing community is working more closely now than ever before to promote and develop the sport by defining and communicating clear policies. This new road will not always be easy but through the vehicle of the IWA, it will be possible to strengthen the bonds of goodwill, trust and understanding that will allow us all to move into a new era and a new century with confidence.
|2002 MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP & ISAF SAILOR
|Registrations continue to be received. The vast majority are not accompanied by “ISAF Sailor Codes”. This code is not your sail number. It is a new code that you can get by going to http://www.sailing.org/isafsailor/ and registering. You must do this if you wish to compete at the 2002 Mistral World Championship.
One of the major benefits that will derive from this new system is that each racer will have a unique code that will identify him/her. So ... No more double entries on the ISAF Ranking List…. The ability to update your sailor profile personally thus giving the media fresh information… direct mail of he ISAF World Ranking List and much much more.
PLEASE GET REGISTERED ON THE ISAF WEBSITE TO GET AN ISAF SAILOR CODE
|2002 MISTRAL ONE DESIGN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – AGENDA PUBLISHED
|2002 MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – REGISTER NOW
|ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN BUT ONE GIANT LEAP FOR WINDSURFING
|2002 ISAF CONFERENCE AGENDA - AGE LIMIT AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS
|There has been considerable input and feedback on a variety of submissions made to the 2002 ISAF November Conference, to which the ISAF President responds:
"First of all the campaign to plug my E-Mail instead of going through either your MNA or the Classes is a pain, but it is the price one pays for being a volunteer President.
Many issues have been put forward so as to make ISAF and especially the classes realize that not one set of regulations will serve the myriad of needs or obligations the ISAF Classes assume when they become International and get the right to hold a prestigious event designated as a World Championship and that the class is not autonomous as they also have an obligation in some cases to their MNA's.
The naive sailors who say the classes know what is best and should be autonomous have not lived in the world of top International Racing where $$$ govern and the win at all cost mentality prevails as seen in the Olympic Classes and the Opti to say nothing of the America's Cup.
It has become normal procedure for wealthy national classes or MNA's to pay for phony memberships so as to buy entries into World Championships which the poorer nations cannot afford. Entries in Worlds should be on merit and realistic numbers of sailors in the region.
Also classes give their Worlds to local organizers with little or no ability to govern the structure and chaos has ensued in many events this year. ISAF must demand at least a minimum amount of expertise and control before these events can be designated World Championships.
No other sport allows local sovereignty over their major events. ISAF is being threatened this year, as the court of last resort, by sailors in the Star Class and the Finn because of Class related decisions which are in dispute.
The high-profile classes especially the Olympic Classes and the Opti hide behind the needs of the others to get their autonomy when they must lose some of that when they become elite.
There are also different needs or obligations for singlehanders as distinct from other ISAF Classes, which have a family or club focus. A class which only has one World's a year has different needs than the classes which have been able to manipulate the ISAF regulations to declare over ten World Championships a year.
The recommendation on the issues of Worlds was entered so as to make ISAF address where this has got out of hand and the pressures caused by coaches and MNA's and parents to win at all cost is the order of the day. I do not think it is acceptable that coaches are teaching young Opti sailors to cheat or give them cigarettes to calm a 14 year olds nerves before a race.
ISAF must partner with these classes to ensure Fair Play and Integrity.
Taser and Star are both doublehanders. Their needs or lack thereof are poles apart. Taser and Opti needs are equally as diverse. ISAF must deal with these divergent needs.
The high profile elite classes use the Corinthian classes as the common denominator they hide behind to keep their autonomy. They then point the finger at ISAF to bail them out when disaster strikes. I would prefer acting rather than reacting.
There cannot be one rule for all aspects of the broad spectrum of sailing and if I have done nothing else I have got you all to focus on the problems and what hopefully will be constructive solutions which will come out of the ISAF AGM in Cyprus."
Your feedback on the above is welcomed. However, please note that all feedback will be published on the ISAF Website unless indicated otherwise by the contributor.
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Link: to Conference Agendas http://www.sailing.org/meetings/2002november/default.asp
|Allen And Staszewska Crowned PWA 2002 Formula Race Champions
Racing returned to the PWA with a vengeance this season with two hugely successful Formula racing events in Leba, Poland and Sylt, Germany. The men’s racing title was narrowly won by Aussie race specialist Steve Allen (Fanatic) ahead of Antoine Albeau (Neil Pryde AHD), Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Bic) and Wojtek Brzozowski (Neil Pryde, Starboard) who all finished in equal second. The battle was tough and between the two events a total of 24 races were held in conditions ranging anywhere between 7-30 knots.
2002 PWA MEN’S OVERALL RACING RANKINGS
1. Steve Allen (Fanatic) 4101 pts
2. Antoine Albeau (Neil Pryde, AHD) 4068 pts.
2. Wojtek Brzozowski (Starboard, Neil Pryde) 4068 pts.
2. Kevin Pritchard (Bic, Gaastra) 4068 pts.
5. Micah Buzianis (Mistral, North) 4002 pts.
The 2002 overall PWA Formula Women’s race title was won by Polish sailor, Dorota Staszewska (Starboard, Neil Pryde). Despite brave challenges from British racer Lucy Horwood (Gaastra, AHD) and Verena Fauster of Italy, Dorota was the dominating force on this year’s female race circuit. Her performances in both Poland and Sylt were mind blowing and her supremacy in most races was rarely challenged.
2002 PWA WOMEN’S OVERALL RACING RANKINGS
1. Dorota Staszewska (Starboard, Neil Pryde) 4200 pts.
2. Lucy Horwood (Gaastra, AHD) 4134 pts.
3. Verena Fauster (Starboard, Gaastra) 3939 pts.
4. Margit Germany (Starboard) 3837 pts.
5. Anna Wegrzynek 3573 pts.
The return of Formula racing to the PWA has been warmly welcomed by the sailors and proved to be a huge success. The PWA represents excellence in windsurfing and its membership constitutes the who’s who of the sport. This years PWA formula racing tested the skill, stamina and strength of the best racers in the world. Congratulations to Steve and Dorota for your victories. It is hoped that the 2003 Formula race calendar will be extended to include several new events.
|Aloha, IMCO, MJOD & Raceboard Combine To Establish One Structure For Longboard Racing
|The following structure has been agreed between the classes concerned after consultation with their National Associations.
The Raceboard class will stage their masters’ European and World championships at the same time and at the same venue as the IMCO U20, MJOD U17 and Aloha U15 championships;
The IMCO U20, MJOD and the Aloha class will stage combined World and Continental Championships where possible;
The Mistral Junior One Design class will stage a European or World championship for boys/girls under the age of 17 only;
The Aloha class will stage a European or World Championship for boys/girls under the age of 15 only;
The Raceboard Masters, IMCO U20, MJOD U17s and Aloha U15 Worlds shall be staged outside Europe in every second year provided that the local organiser offers free or extremely inexpensive accommodation, food and transfers (from the nearest international airport to/from the race site) and a minimum of 30Kgs of free excess baggage allowance for equipment. Where possible the local organiser shall also negotiate special rates for flights for competitors traveling from any continent to the nearest international airport to the venue. A Venue shall be close to the specified major international airport.
When this world championship is staged outside Europe, the above classes shall stage a combined European Championship at a venue to which it is easy to drive.
2003 Longboard Racing Calendar
The Raceboard Masters, IMCO U20, MJOD U 17 and Aloha U15 European Championships will be staged in Puck, Poland from August 2nd > 9th;
The Raceboard Masters, IMCO U20, MJOD U 17 and Aloha U15 World Championships will be staged in Merida, Yucatan in November/December 2003 (some charter equipment to be provided);
The Raceboard World Championship will be staged in Greece with provisional dates of July 6th > 12th
The Mistral European Championship will be staged in Mondello, Sicily between May 5th >15th
The Mistral World Championship will form part of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship and will be staged in Cadiz, Spain between September 11th > 20th based on Puerto Sherry
Oceania Championship - March 1st > 4th -- Whangaparoa, New, Zealand
South American Championship - March 1st > 6th - Buenos Aires, Argentina
NB: This structure to be reviewed in 2005 in the light of the decision made by ISAF on the equipment to be used at the 2008 Olympics.
Countries who already have a junior racing programme in place are encouraged to continue using equipment currently in place. So if your junior squad is training on the MOD they should continue to do so or if it is training on Alohas, they should continue to do so.
Only when it comes to international championships does this structure apply. It should be noted that competitors who have trained on the MOD have done well at major championships on the Aloha and vice versa.
The MJOD have no minimum age requirements.
This structure has been agreed in order to avoid duplication of effort; encourage cost effectiveness in travel budgets; and maximize the effectiveness of existing development programmes in the best interests of the whole sport.
|FW World Cup - Fortaleza - Cancelled!
|Despite the best efforts of the PWA management, due to economic constraints within Brazil, the organisers of the Ceara Wind Formula Racing contest have not been able to reach the minimum requirements to host a PWA event. The event will therefore not take place as part of the PWA Formula Racing World Cup. This will obviously be a blow to many Racers who had hoped to compete in Brazil but without the necessary guaranteed standards for PWA members, it was not possible to move forward. We will be working closely with the organisers to try and resurrect the event for 2003.
Richard Page PWA Tour Manager
|2002 PWA Irish Wave Grand Prix 3-10 October 2002
Kevin Pritchard Scoops The Overall Wave Title
Despite huge waves and a promising forecast the PWA wave final held in Brandon Bay, on the west coast of Ireland failed to deliver a result. This means that 26-year-old Californian sailor, Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Bic) has added this years PWA overall wave title to his constantly growing list of windsurfing achievements.
MEN’S OVERALL WAVE RANKINGS 2002
1. Kevin Pritchard (Gaastra, Bic)
2. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Proof, Neil Pryde)
3. Nik Baker (North, Mistral)
4. Josh Angulo
5. Scott McKercher (Starboard, Naish)
The women’s tour wave tour was also decided in Gran Canaria. In the ballistic winds of Pozo Daida Moreno (Mistral, North) raised her level in the final against Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) of Switzerland. Despite Jaggi nailing some impressive maneuvers, Moreno won the favor of the judges with a radical display of push loops, back loops and aggressive wave riding. Anne Marie Reichman (Naish boards, Naish sails) of Holland had an excellent event and deservedly took the third place slot after defeating Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde) of Venezuela.
WOMEN’S OVERALL WAVE RANKINGS 2002
1. Daida Moreno (Mistral, North)
2. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows)
3. Anne Marie Reichman (Naish boards, Naish sails)
|Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA)
World Championship Freestyle Finals, “King of the Caribbean”, 11-18 December 2002
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
The Chase For The 2002 PWA Freestyle Title!
Between December 11th-18th the battle for the PWA overall freestyle champion will be decided at the closing event of the year on the sun drenched beaches of Bonaire in the Caribbean. As it stands the race for the title is incredibly close with the top three sailors separated by just 201 ranking points.
The women’s freestyle tour will also be concluded in Bonaire. Daida Moreno (Mistral North) of Spain currently is favorite to clinch the title following two decisive victories in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. The chasing pack out to hunt Daida Moreno down, includes Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows), last years Champion Colette Guadagnino (JP, Neil Pryde), Angela Martinez of Spain and Claudia Rankel (Starboard) of Austria.
From North America and the Caribbean: Air Jamaica is the official carrier for the event and has offered a special promotional rate for competitors as well as spectators. There is also a discount rate for shipping competitors’ gear. The special Air Jamaica fare can be accessed by calling Air Jamaica at 800-523-5585 and referencing "Maduro and Curiel's Bank King of the Caribbean". Reservations must be booked in B or M class using ticket designator GD20. Last ticket date 20 November, but competitors and spectators are urged to purchase tickets earlier due to heavy travel during December. American Airlines and American Eagle have daily flight to Bonaire via San Juan Puerto Rico but do not offer cargo service to competitors.
From Europe: KLM (Royal Dutch Airline) is offering special group rates to competitors and spectators from Europe. Contact Emile at Maduro Travel, telephone: +(31) 70 356-2850 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel accommodations, car and gear rental can be arranged by contacting Ann Phelan, event coordinator at email@example.com or 800-219-0118 (toll free in the USA) or 508-385-8174.
Media Contact: In the USA: Ann Phelan, coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-219-0118 or 508-385-8174
On Bonaire: Byron Trump, email@example.com or Elvis Martinus, 599-717-2288 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org