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WORLD ISAF SAILING GAMES MARSEILLE 2002. FORMULA ONE DESIGN
STUDY CONDUCTED BY DIDIER FLAMME ( NATIONAL TECHNICAL ADVISOR )
ISAF Sailing Games regatta for windsurfing which occured this year in Marseille took place on a One Design Formula Windsurfing , equipment different from the one used for the Olympic Games. This choice from the International and National authorities allowed the organization of an event at high level based on a new technological concept.
Based on such facts and in order to have the most possible objective snapshot on the feasibility of such an event also knowing the sectarian quarrels between Olympic Windsurfing and Formula Windsurfing , The French Sailing Federation decided the creation of a Search and Reflection team on this event.
Having worked on this event since the taken decision till the realisation, I hereby communicate the results of my thoughts and investigations. I will not comment the weather conditions nor measures taken since already being analysed and being part of this document.
Its choice was dictated by the following necessity:
All equipment to be provided
Problems encountered are of two different order.
Therefore the following equipment was chosen based on a one design board and two rigs per competitor.
The used board has a great polyvalence with very good sailing qualities however some work is to be done to improve the fin and fin gasket fixing.
Competitors were proposed the use of two different fin dimensions; the majority of competitors made use of the longest one either with the big or small rig. This increasing the boards qualities and sails size/fin size compromise. But one has to consider that a bigger difference between the rigs size and therefore an increased utilisation range , there would have been a different use of proposed fin size.
As regard to the rigs either for women or men, if the largest ones have met competitors expectations the lack of tuning possibilities during sailing ( pulling gear and very important tension tuning ) and the low difference between the two rigs surface, did not permit a better utilisation range to match the encountered wind conditions. Between 18 and 25 knots the large surface rig was too big for some competitors and the small one not enough. At this level there must be some search work to be done with sails makers and masts manufacturers to increase the utilisation range and include a pulling gear and making use of more flexible masts. Since within low wind speed conditions one must be able to race within fairness conditions. For this purpose one must be able to make an optimum use of rigs in a steady and homogeneous wind. If the is no need to demonstrate that Formula windsurfing reaches planning condition at 6/7 knots, it is also true that during fleet racing it is todays needed a minimum of 9/10 knots for a fair competition.
During the World Games, competitors ( 15 women, 22 men for 17 nations ) have been able to measure each others over 9 races under wind conditions varying from 7 to
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