Posted : 7th of October 2013

2013 Formula Windsurfing North American Championship

USA, Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida, 20-22 December '13

1 RULES
1.1 The event will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing – Windsurfing Competition Rules.
1.2 The IFWC Class Rules and Championship Rules.
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 Junior shall be under the age of 17 - born in 1997 or later.
3.2.2 A Youth shall be under the age of 20 - born in 1994 or later.
3.2.3 A Master is a man over the age of 35 (born in 1977 or earlier), or a woman over the age of 30 (born in 1982 or earlier).
3.2.4 A Grand Master is a man over the age of 45 (born in 1967 or earlier), or a woman over the age of 40 (born in 1972 or earlier).
3.3 An open, ‘Free Formula’, division is available to competitors unable to comply with the IFWC Class Rules.
3.4 A minimum of 5 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 Formula Class Association which is a paid up member of IFWC. Membership formalities can be completed on site.
4.3 Eligible competitors can enter by completing the form which will be available on http://www.miamiproam.com/event-info/
4.4 Competitors shall present the following at registration:
Original Entry Form
Proof of age
Emergency Contact & Health Information Form - for those under age of 18

5 FEES
5.1 The required entry fee is US$100, except for Youth when the fee will be US$80.
5.2 Entries received after December 10th will be charged an additional US$20.
5.3 Entry fees paid at registration shall be in cash only - US$.

6 RACE FORMAT
6.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline, course racing, “open entry” event.
6.2 Men and women, boys and girls, may race together.
6.3 Competitors shall race a maximum of 5 races per day, in a maximum 15 race series.
6.4 Three races are required to validate the championship.

7 SCHEDULE
Thursday 19 Dec
1000-1800 Early arrival, training & registration

Friday 20 Dec
0800-1000 Registration
1100 Skippers meeting
1200 Racing
2000 Welcoming Dinner

Saturday 21 Dec
0900 Skippers meeting
1000 Racing

Sunday 22 Dec 0900 Skippers meeting
1000 Racing
1700 Last possible warning signal
1900 Prize giving

The first possible warning signal will be made each day at 1000hrs, except for the first day when the first possible warning signal will be displayed at 1200hrs.

8 EQUIPMENT & EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
8.1 All competitors shall bring their own equipment.
8.2 An Equipment Inspection Form, which will be available at registration, shall be returned to the Event Equipment Inspector before the start of competition
8.3 Equipment inspections may be made at any time during the event.
8.4 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
An ‘Independent Protest Committee’ will be appointed according to WCR 91(a).

12 SCORING
Scoring will be according to the WCR Appendix A, and using the Low Points Scoring System. IFWC 13.5 shall apply for discards.

13 SUPPORT BOATS
Competitor support boats are not permitted.

14 SAFETY
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.

15 PRIZES
15.1 Prizes will be awarded to the first three competitors of each properly constituted division.
15.2 The first man and the first woman in each division, eligible to compete for a North American national class association, will be declared - “2013 North American Formula Windsurfing (division) Champion”.
15.3 IFWC World Ranking points will be awarded according to the overall ranking of all competitors entered in the championship.

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.

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 US$500.000 per event or the equivalent amount in another currency.

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 the event site.
20.2 For further information contact: Alex Morales – info@windsurfingtour.com