Guidance Notes for Organisers of Formula Windsurfing Events

Background . Formula Windsurfing should be fast , fun , spectacular short duration course racing . Its purpose- to create : greater enjoyment for sailors; an opportunity for spectators to watch , and television to capture , an exciting and easily understandable sport; and sponsors to get a return on their investment .

This version of the guidelines is based upon the experience gained over four years of spectacular international racing . In order to achieve uniformity and to maximise opportunities race organisers are encouraged to use the prescribed format for formula racing .

Key Points .
  • short duration races (approx. 20 minutes )
  • events should be kept short -3/5 days
  • events should be 'open'
  • racing area should be close to land ,with opportunity to 'pit stop' after every race
  • no extended waiting periods on the water
  • ideal fleet size is 50 /70 racers , with maximum 90 sailors on the same starting line media and spectators have an opportunity to watch before splitting fleets
  • regattas should be quick and slick , intense but easy to understand

Wind Speed , its measurement , and 'suitable conditions'.
  • the Race Officer is advised to calibrate his wind speed readings on the anchored start boat from a drifting boat to windward
  • if the wind speed is less than 7 knots in the starting area at any time during the last minute prior to the starting signal , the start should be abandoned
  • wind speed readings should be taken from approx 2 metres above the water surface
  • the Race Officer should ensure that the wind is measured over as much of the course area as possible ( at least start , windward mark , and middle of course …)
  • if pumping becomes the main method of propulsion the race should be abandoned
  • the decision on ' suitable conditions ' rests with the Race Offiver

Course Area and Courses .
  • the course area should be as close to land as possible , and as free as possible from other traffic (ie other classes on the course )
  • sailors not competing must keep clear of the competition area
  • the basic course for single fleet racing is a 'windward /leeward' , and variations of
  • the recommended course for multiple fleet racing is 'trapezoidal'; see appendix to Championship Rules for recommended course diagrams

Racing Format .
  • each competitor should sail between 3/5 races per day , depending upon the duration of the event and conditions
  • the target time for winner of a race should be between 15 and 20 minutes
  • optimum fleet size 60
  • maximum of 90 sailors , beyond which the fleet should be split
  • Start - RRS system 1 is recommended
  • Recalls- it is recommended to use black flag as a last resort
  • Scoring - see RRS App.B Windsurfing
  • Advertising - the IFWC is Category C , see ISAF regulation 21 Adverising Code

22nd of June 2019ELECTIONS - 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Formula Windsurfing Class

To be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, after racing, at the event venue, Puck

19th of June 2019Agenda - 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Formula Windsurfing Class

To be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, after racing, at the event venue, Puck

19th of October 20182018 Annual General Meeting minutes

The meeting was held on Wednesday 19th September 2018, Clube Naval Portimao.

9th of October 2018Committee changes ...

Following this years AGM Vasco Chaveca has decided to step down from the class committee.

29th of June 20172017 AGM of the International FW Class - MINUTES

Thursday 29th June 2017, Santa Croce, Italy.

8th of February 2017General Meeting approves change to Production Board Rule

The committee approved a change from 50 boards to 25 boards required to commit to producing by brand registering a design with World Sailing.

15th of December 2014Alex Morales joins the management committee

Steve Bodner, long serving member of the FW community, has decided to stand down from committee duties; Alex Morales has been co-opted to fill the vacancy and to represent the North American formula community.

20th of April 2014AGM Agenda published .....

The 2014 AGM will take place during the upcoming Worlds in the Azores.
There have been no proposals submitted to change Class Rules or Championship Rules.

28th of August 20132013 Annual General Meeting Minutes

Annual General Meeting of the International Formula Windsurfing Class held on Thursday 11th July 2013 in the competitor area, event site, Viganj, Croati. Here're minutes from the 2013 AGM.

2nd of July 20132013 AGM Agenda is published ...

This years Annual General Meeting can look forward to a good attendance, since the venue looks to have attracted a (potential) record entry.
It may be the first visit to Croatia for an IFWC Worlds, but if you are not booked in now you may be asking yourself - Why Not !?
The Agenda is long, even without many submissions to vote on, because there are some important "discussion" items that will help drive future class policy .

Agenda & proposals
Voting Paper

14th of January 2013New Racing Rules of Sailing - Windsurfing Competition Rules - changes explained

Andrus Poksi, ISAF IJ from Estonia, has very kindly put together this short summary of changes to WCR in the RRS 2013>2016 edition.

26th of November 2012Class Rules updates

The updated version of class rules is now available.