Windsurf E-News: 18 - March 2003
|MESSAGE FROM CERI WILLIAMS, FW CLASS CHAIRMAN & IWA PRESIDENT
|I am honoured to have been elected by my fellow Executive Committee members to be the 2003 Chairman of the IWA. I have the opportunity of continuing the work of my predecessor, Bruno de Wannemaeker, and of steering the Association towards achieving the objectives that have been agreed by the Executive Committee, and are laid out in our key objectives for 2003
· ISAF Evaluation Trials
o To give input into the methodology and analysis of the trials
o To develop a marketing & communications strategy for the Olympic format
o To make proposals concerning the Olympic Class, Format, Rules & Structure
· Amendment to Appendix B
o This is now a top priority
o To review the FRRS and RRS Appendix B with a view
o To make a joint submission to the ISAF by July 31st ’03
· IWA Industry membership
o To encourage windsurfing brands to join
o To work with them to promote the sport
o To establish a strong central administration
· Global Marketing Strategy
o To attract new participants
o To promote a 'flag carrier'
o To rationalize existing competition structures
· Production Board Registration & Measurement
o To review/amend the board registration procedure
o To facilitate simple and effective regatta measurement
· Existing Championships
o To deliver high standards of execution and integrity
o To attract the maximum number of entries
o To gather data on existing education systems
o And windsurfing schools worldwide
o In light of other objectives, this project is not high priority
The administration has been working diligently to fulfil its declared Role: "to unite, assist and serve" the sport of Windsurfing, and its member Classes. I have been a fervent supporter of this objective from the beginning, believing passionately that all parts of our sport must work together - Classes, Windsurfing Associations, National Authorities, educational establishments and our Industry
We should unite behind the "flag carrier" for our sport - Olympic Windsurfing. We must "rationalise" our competition structure - proliferation of classes and titles only leads to confusion and missed opportunities. We must continue to deliver - and improve - the quality of events programmed; attract new participants into the sport, keep current sailors motivated, and encourage back into the sport the vast pool of sailors currently "dormant"!
ASSIST and SERVE - amongst the initiatives introduced: The White Paper - 2008 Olympic Equipment; The "Longboard" Racing Sructure2003/2004; Formula Windsurfing Structure - and Youth /Junior Policy; IFCA "formula" Slalom; review of the racing rules; and many more.
Much more needs to be done - but it can only happen with your input and support. The classes welcome your assistance to achieve the "short-term" objectives - and contribute to defining the "long-term" objectives. This year’s AGM will take place during the forthcoming "FESTIVAL of FORMULA" to take place at Torbole, on Lake Garda, from 7th to 12th July. This event, combining as it does junior, youth and Masters racing, focuses the mind on the challenges ahead. The AGM will be combined with "workshops" for exploring future possibilities for the sport; and a Forum, for debating the current structure, and instigating proposals for change.
On behalf of the IWA Executive, we look forward to meeting with representatives of your various organisations at Garda; or at one of this year’s events.
|IWA YEARBOOK 2003
|The Yearbook has gone to press. Although the contents are being completely revised, no new covers are being provided in 2003. We expect to have the new pages in the post by the end of this month so …
if you received a copy last year and have since moved, please contact Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org to give her your new address. Or If you would like to receive a printed version this year and are not on our mailing list, please make contact with Annie as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the contents will be posted on the IWA website with specialist class sections being uploaded onto the class websites as well.
|CARNIVAL RACE, A REAL TASTE OF THE WORLDS
|22 countries and over 400 boats, higher than the most optimistic forecasts
Bay of Cadiz, - Not even the most optimistic forecasts by the organisers, Deporte Andaluz and the Mundo Vela Consortium, regarding the number of boats taking part in the Carnival, hinted at such a high number of entries for the III Carnival Race, which will be held in the Bay of Cadiz, between the 6th and 9th of March. The competition, which is considered to be the first real test of the shore and water teams that will be involved in the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships in September this year, is going to be a real test event, thanks to the presence of teams from twenty two countries and the level of the sailors taking part.
For further information: Modesto Sánchez: email@example.com
Or visit: http://www.cadizworlds2003.com/
|FW OFFICIAL CLASS STATEMENT - SAIL REGISTRATION SCHEME 2003
|Due to serious problems with the Sail Registration Scheme as it was proposed for 2002, the IFWC Committee have agreed to abandon the scheme in its current format. The majority of sailors are still in favour of some form of "Production Sail " limitation - and it is the committee's intention to pursue this objective. The detail is being discussed and research initiated, but no scheme will be implemented without time to achieve full consultation with ALL parties involved (inc. manufacturers ) - with proper notice given of the scheme, and timescale to be involved - and the full approval of the class AGM.
THIS IS UNLIKELY TO BE ACHIEVED BEFORE THE START OF 2004 SEASON
|NOTES FROM THE ISAF WEBSITE ON THE RECENT ISAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
|The Executive Committee confirmed that further to the decision taken in November 2002 that the new specification Mistral Boards (those manufactured after 1 January 2003) must be used at the 2004 Olympic Regatta, only the new specification boards must be used at the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championship.
Evaluation Trials - Reviewing arrangements for the evaluation trials, taking place to assess future multihulls in the Youth Worlds, and Windsurfing trials to identify potential equipment for the Olympic Games, the most suitable timeframe and venues were considered. With a number of potential venues on the table, suggestions were afoot to combine the evaluation trials and hold them in late 2003 or Spring 2004. A final decision is expected in the next two to three months. Information has already been published on the Multihull Trials < href="http://www.sailing.org/technical/multitrials.asp">www.sailing.org/technical/multitrials.asp, with further details to be posted shortly.
Promotion of Sailing - The ISAF President has personally taken onboard the mantle to promote the sport as a whole and the role the various partners in our sport – ISAF, Member National Authorities, Classes, boat and equipment manufacturers, commercial sailing schools/holiday companies and others – play to support the ongoing development and participation in sailing. The recent Sailing Summit in Australia concluded the need for ISAF to take the lead and the ISAF President will be coming forward with initial proposals at the forthcoming 2003 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings.
|FW EURO-CUP PORTO SANTO/MADEIRA 03–06 APRIL 2003
|Special travel and accommodation package for the people travelling to the EC Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal). The Windsurfing Office has received the definitive prices for the travel and accommodation package for people travelling to the Windsurfing Euro-Cup Porto Santo/Madeira (Portugal) 03. – 06. April 2003.
The package consists of the flight from Lisbon to Porto Santo and back to Lisbon again after the competition plus lodgement in the high class Hotel Vila Baleira **** with breakfast and dinner 7 nights (double room) for EUR 335,00 Euros per person. If you prefer bed and breakfast only the price is reduced to EUR 265,00 per person. If you want to book a single room you have to pay a surplus of EUR 88,00 on the rate for a double room. The competition will take place directly in front of the Hotel Vila Baleira.
Isabel and José Guimares from the local organizer overpower are working with full gas on the last details as on many days only small planes with a limited capacity for windsurfing gear are flying to Porto Santo from Lisbon. In order to ensure that all the competitors will have their gear in time on the island they are checking alternative solutions for the equipment (via Funchal/Madeira or via boat).
As soon as the exact procedure is clear you will be informed on the Euro-Cup website www.euro-cup.org and find the exact contact details of the travel agency. Please check out the connections to reach Lisbon already.
|2003 WOMEN CUP CALENDAR
|26.04. - 30.04. EC Malcesine Lake Garda, Italy
03-08.05 Europeans, Douarnenez, Brittany, France
June, TBC Sardinia, Italy
09.07. - 13.07. EuroCup Miedzyzdroje, Poland
24.07-27.07 Canadian Championships
12.08.-15.08 Silvaplana, Switzerland
October, World Championships Sardinia, Italy
|The last year's introduced formula of 7 ranked events, silver fleet concept and other special requirements of women fleet proved to be the right direction towards popularizing racing among the female side of the sport. The 2002 Women Cup ranking reached 31 women participating in competition. And the level of competition has been constantly improving throughout the year, often making silver fleet concept only a back-up option. What's most important last year's racing changed the spirit and attitude of women racers and gained much more interest of media world wide.
This years edition again covers 7 events, but this time we will include a non-European based event. We are going to Canada in July aiming on stimulating Women's windsurfing growth on the other side of Atlantic. It will be exciting to see new faces and see different perspective on formula racing. The goal for the next years is to establish one America and one Asia women's event and this way bring formula closer to other centres of the World.
Last year's edition was a very good experience and the outcome of 2003 schedule is the result of many weeks discussion between women sailors themselves and their opinion on organization, weather conditions, etc. It all shaped the general view on the needs of women's racing. We are hoping that the calendar will be suitable to everyone interested to join Women Cup circuit. For more quotes go to: www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=170&parent=165&grandparent=29&newsid=152
|DIVA CAMP 2003 - THE NEIL PRYDE/STARBOARD WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FORMULA WINDSURFING CAMP
|Following last years success, we are happy to invite all women who whish to improve their Formula Windsurfing skills to join the Diva camp at Lake Garda, Italy. Anyone can join – no previous racing experience is needed!
Last year 14 women from 8 different countries joined the camp to improve their skills, tune their equipment and share experiences. All levels were present - from first-timers on Formula boards to the best girls in the world. There was also plenty of time for everybody to get to know each other better, both during the camp and afterwards during the Euro-cup, in which most of the girls decided to participate.
The sailing club in Malcesine provided the perfect setting for the camp with their helpful and friendly staff, and they are now looking forward to host this year’s camp.
The 4-day long camp will be coached by Brian Røgild (Starboard) and Nikolaj Kruppa (Neil Pryde). At the camp you can improve your technique, board speed, tactics, starts and much more. Participation fee is 100 euro, which covers training, storage of equipment and accommodation.
The camp takes place just before this years first Women’s FW Euro-cup at Lake Garda, Malcesine (26/4-30/4). Lake Garda is the number one European Formula Windsurfing test center. Blessed with stable wind conditions and surrounded by mountains it is also one of the most beautiful places to train and surely worth a visit.
The number of entries is limited to 25 women maximum.
For more information see Glide.dk/camp/info.html
|MEN'S AND WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONS JOIN FORCES
|Dorota Staszewska, current European, PWA, and World Formula Windsurfing Woman's World Champion, joins the Gaastra team, along with Freestyle World Champion Matt Pritchard, and Wave and Race World Champion Kevin Pritchard.
"Formula Windsurfing gained its popularity, but it needs a lot more commitment to make it grow in future. Coming to the Gaastra team I have chance to fill the gap for strong female part to push the sport harder. My windsurfing career would not be possible without my parents and my brother's patience with me, and help of many sponsors. I would like to thank Neil Pryde for our last three years, which enabled me to climb to the top" said Dorota.
"We are very excited to welcome Dorota to Gaastra. Her performance in women's racing is an inspiration to all of us, and we are proud to support Dorota. We want to encourage more women to get into the sport of windsurfing, and feel that supporting Dorota is a step in the right direction. Her goodwill reaches far beyond the race course" said Gaastra's Matt Pritchard.
Soon you will be able to tune into the www.Gaastra.com forum to ask Dorota any questions you can think of.
|I"LL BE NOW SAILING AND DEVELOPING SAILS FOR AEROTECH...Patrice Belbeoch
|I"ll be now sailing and developing sails for Aerotech, this is for me a new start after being working 11 years for Neil Pryde, this new challenge will give me the opportunity to developpe new ideas with avery motivate team. I'd like to thanks Neil Pryde for his support in the past as well and of course a big thanks to the Aerotech team for this future partnership.
The Exocet team as well as the Select team will join their effort to bring the most innovative product ever"
|WORLD CHAMPION KEVIN PRITCHARD CHOOSES STARBOARD...
|After seven successful years with Bic Sport, Kevin Pritchard has chosen to join the ever expanding Starboard development program.
"Kevin is a great inspiration for us at Starboard, and we look forward to working with him on our shapes. With our research crew, Tiesda You, Jim Drake, Jean Louis Colmas, Scott Mc Kercher, Colin Siferlen and Ben Severene, we are ready to take windsurfing to a new level. We see a comeback of slalom in the future and Kevin also fits well into this development. Kevin’s race and wave sailing dedication, is second to none, and we feel together we can bring new blood into the sport.
Starboards future goal is simply to ensure that we can deliver tomorrows boards yesterday and to set in action any activities we possibly can to evolve the attention and interest level for windsurfing. We wish to increase the number of windsurfers by 5 times the current level by 2007 and we are setting in place large scale programs to achieve this goal." Says Starboards Svein Rasmussen.
“I have been watching Starboard grow as a company throughout the years. The positive energy that Starboard brings to windsurfing is great. I am happy to work with a company that is as passionate about windsurfing as I am. Starboard’s innovative product line has some exciting areas that could revolutionize the sport. I hope to bring many new World Title’s to the Starboard family!” said Kevin Pritchard
|2003 MAJOR EVENTS
|Mistral & Raceboard Asian Championship
Penang, Malaysia – March 8th > 14th
Mistral & Raceboard North American Championship
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico – March 11th > 16th
2003 Petit Navire European Fw Championships, Douarnenez, France, 3-8 May 2003
Notice of Race for the 2003 PETIT NAVIRE European FW CHAMPIONSHIPS, France now available on the FW Site http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/read.php?type=nor&id=3
Enter on-line: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=245&parent=94&grandparent=3
Mistral European Championship, Palermo Mondello, Sicily, Italy, May 5-14
Accomodation during the Mistral European championships can be booked through Roberta Delfino at special rates. Roberta can send you a list of all Hotels in Mondello where the race will take place and in Palermo, close to Mondello.
Notice of race: http://www.imco.org/regatta/03mecNoR.htm
Enter on line: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/default.asp?menu=212&parent=94&grandparent=3
Lake Garda, Italy - July 7th > 12th
- includes 2003 IFWC YOUTH WORLDS & Championship Formula Racing for Junior, Espoir and Master
- Youth & Juniors compete on ASA boards (with limited rig sizes) taken from the 2003 FW list (now on the IFWC website),
- Espoir & Masters equipment according to Class rules : any board from the Official list
Raceboard Worlds (inc 7.5 & Unlimited)
Greece – July 19th > 26th
Aloha, Mistral & Raceboard Junior, Youth & Masters Europeans
Puck, Poland – August 2nd > 9th
IFCA American Continentals
Freestyle, Formula and Slalom - Magdalen Islands - Canada Week – August 25th > 30th
Cadiz, Spain – September 11th > 22nd
Sardinia, early October 2003.
IFCA Worlds - Wave-Freestyle and Racing, Slalom
Hyeres, France in October - week 43
Aloha, Mistral & Raceboard Junior, Youth & Masters Worlds
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico – November 29th > Dec 6th
|FOR MORE EVENTS, GO TO
|The Windsurfing Event Calendar at:
The New Windsurfing Euro Cup Website Is Online!
Malcesine Windsurfing Euro–Cup 25-30 April 2003
Notice of Race now available: http://www.euro-cup.org/html/download/pdf/nor/ec_malcesine.pdf
Leucate PWA Freestyle Qualifier - 19-24 APRIL 2003
For more information on the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Classic Toro Andaluz 2003 PWA Freestyle Qualifier, 11-15 April 2003
The oldest windsurf competition in the world!!!
Contact information: email@example.com
Special Aloha Race
Special Aloha race 19-20 April, Larmor Plage near Lorient, Britanny, FRANCE You can see all the details on our web site: http://www.tire-veille.com/ A race to prepare the French young racer for French championship. It lasts two days for 6 or 7 races.
SXM Challenge in The Caribean, 20-23 March 2003
Saint-Martin, French West Indies
Details on: www.sxmchallenge.com
Philippe FAMECHON, SURF'ACE
US Windsurfing Tour
For details contact Jaime Torres: firstname.lastname@example.org
2003 USW National Racing Tour Coordinator
Tel. 787-728-8716 Cel. 787-640-0849
Or visit: www.USWindsurfing.org