Posted : 22nd of April 2011

Sopot 2011 Formula Windsurfing Polish Open

Poland, Sopot, 25-30 July '11
1 RULES
1.1 The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing – Windsurfing Competition Rules (WCR).
1.2 The International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC) Championship Rules apply.
1.3 No national prescriptions will apply.
1.4 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

2 ADVERTISING
Boards may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organizing authority. ISAF Regulation 20 ‘Advertising Code’ shall apply.

3 DIVISIONS
3.1 Gender Divisions: Men and Women.
3.2 Age Divisions:
3.2.1 A Youth shall be under the age 20 (born in or after 1992 and not later than 1998).
3.2.2 A Master shall be over the age of 35 (men born 1975 or earlier) or 30 (women born 1980 or earlier).
3.2.3 A Grand Master shall be over the age of 45 (men born 1965 or earlier) or 40 (women born 1970 or earlier).
3.3 Weight Division: Lightweight is a competitor who weighs less than 75kg.
3.4 A minimum of 3 competitors is required to constitute a division.

4 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
4.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19 - Eligibility Code.
4.2 Competitors shall be members of a National Class Association which is a paid up member of the relevant international class association, or of the IWA. Membership formalities can be completed on site.
4.3 Entries shall be made online at www.ergohestiacup.pl - by July 10th 2011.
The following shall be presented upon registration:
- Original Entry Form
- Evidence of valid third party insurance
- Proof of age
- Parental/legal Guardian Assent for those under age of 18
- Medical Treatment Permission - for those under age of 18 or on their parents medical insurance policy

5 FEES
5.1 The required fees are as follows:
Men/Women (including youth): 60 euro
5.2 Late entries may be required to pay an additional fee of 20 euro
5.3 Entry fees paid at registration shall be paid in cash (Euro or Złoty)

6 RACE FORMAT
6.1 The Polish Open shall be a single discipline, course racing, “open entry” event.
6.2 Men and women may race separately, depending on entry numbers.
6.3 Competitors shall race a maximum 4 races per day, in a maximum 15 race series.
6.4 One race is required to validate the event.

7 SCHEDULE
7.1 Monday 25 July Arrival and training
Tuesday 26 July 1400-1800 Registration

Wednesday 27 July
0900 Skippers meeting
1000 Opening Ceremony
1200 Racing

Thursday 28 July
0900 Skippers meeting
1000 Racing

Friday 29 July
0900 Skippers meeting
1000 Racing

Saturday 30 July
0900 Skippers meeting
1000 Racing
1300 Last possible warning signal
1500 Prize giving and closing ceremony

7.2 The first possible warning signal will be made each day at 1000hrs except on the first day when the first possible warning signal will be made at 1200hrs.
7.3 There will be a daily skippers meeting one hour before the first possible warning signal.

8 EQUIPMENT & EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
8.1 An Equipment Inspection Form, which will be available at registration, shall be returned to the Event Equipment Inspector before the start of competition.
8.2 Equipment inspections may be made at any time during the event.
8.3 Unless otherwise directed by the organizing authority, boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at the event site.

9 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The sailing instructions (SI’s) will be available upon registration. Any changes to the SI’s shall be approved by the Class Representative at the event.

10 COURSES
Courses will be as described in the sailing instructions.

11 PROTEST COMMITTEE
A Protest Committee will be appointed in accordance with WCR 91 (a ).

12 SCORING
Scoring will be according to the WCR Appendix A, and using the Low Points Scoring System, except discards which will be according to IFWC Rules.

13 SUPPORT BOATS
Support boats shall be registered at the race office.

14 SAFETY
14.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed every competitor and support boat crewmember shall wear a personal flotation device that shall conform to the minimum standard of ISO 12402-5 (level 50), or as specified in the SI’s.
14.2 Personal buoyancy is mandatory for all competitors under 17 years of age and for any competitors while the Y flag is displayed.

15 PRIZES
15.1 Prizes will be awarded to the first three competitors of each properly constituted division. Properly constituted divisions will be posted on the official notice board after the completion of the registration.
15.2 The first man and the first woman will be declared - “ Ergo Hestia Cup 2011 Formula Windsurfing Polish Open Champion”.
15.3 There shall be a prize fund of a minimum 7,000 euro (net of taxes) which shall be distributed according to IFWC Rules.

16 OFFICIAL CEREMONIES
Competitors are requested to attend the event’s social functions; however, the organising authority may refuse entry to those whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion. Prize winners may forfeit prizes for no attendance at the prize giving ceremony.

17 DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the event entirely at their own risk, see WCR 4 - Decision to Race. The organising authority or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the event.

18 INSURANCE
Each participating board shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of €1,000.000 per event or the equivalent.

19 RIGHT TO USE NAME AND LIKENESS
In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organising Authority the right in perpetuity to make, use and show from time to time at their discretion, any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television and other reproduction of them, taken during the period of the event, for the said Event as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.

20 FURTHER INFORMATION
20.1 Registration will take place at SKZ – Ul.Hesti 3, 81-731, Sopot.
20.2 For further information please contact: info@skz.sopot.pl
Event Website – www.ergohestiacup.pl

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SHEET
The following information is not part of the rules for the Event.

A ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation can be provided at the club or at nearby hotels and guest houses. For more information please contact info@skz.sopot.pl. July is peak season in Sopot and early booking is highly advised. We cannot guarantee accommodation after 01.06.2011.
B AIR TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSFERS
Low cost transfer will be available from Lech Wałęsa Gdaosk International Airport to the venue and back.
Should you require transfer please write to Piotr Oleksiak at info@skz.sopot.pl
C CAMPER VANS & PARKING
Camper vans and camping shall be available on site. Please book through info@skz.sopot.pl.
D EARLY ARRIVALS
Competitors arriving early are advised that support from the organizers can be provided from July 21st 2011 and must be arranged in advance.
E PREVAILING CONDITIONS
Wind: 10Kts.
Water temperature 19° C.
Air temperature 20° C.

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