Posted : 6th of June 2004

2004 Formula Windsurfing ERA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Poland, Łeba, 01-08 August '04
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event

1.1 The 2004 Formula Windsurfing ERA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS will be held from Monday August 2nd to Sunday August 8th 2004 in Leba, Poland. Official event websites:,,

2.1 The Championships will be organised by the NAMAXA as the LOA, for and on behalf of the Polish Boardsailing Association and sponsorship of biggest Polish mobile phone network: Era, and under specified conditions laid down by the IFWC and the ISAF. The event is sanctioned by Polish Yachting Federation.

3.1 The event will be based at the water in front of the west beach at Leba. The Race Office will be established on the beach.
3.2 During August the weather conditions are usually sunny and warm. Average wind 8-14 knots. Water temp. 18+ C, Average air temp. 20+ C. Wetsuits are strongly recommended.

4.1 This is an ISAF sanctioned event governed by:
4.1.1 The 2001/2004 Funboard Racing Rules (FRRS);
4.1.2 The IFWC Class Rules & Championship Rules ;
4.1.3 This Notice of Race ("NoR") & the Sailing Instructions (SIs);
4.1.4 Alterations to the SIs must be approved by the Class's Race Supervisor;
4.2 Competitors shall attend the opening & closing ceremonies inc. the dinner, prize giving.
4.3 The IFWC is a category 'C' class as set out in ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code.

5.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of FRRS Appendices Section ii - Appendix 2-ISAF Eligibility Code.
5.2 A minimum of 3 races is required for a valid Championship.
5.3 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance.
5.4 Competitors shall be a member of a National FW Association, or of the IFWC. National Associations shall be paid up members of the IWA, which is empowered by the class to collect any fees due.
5.5 Membership formalities can be completed on site.

6.1 The Championships shall be a single discipline event for Divisions A and B.
6.2 Entry is accepted as described in the Qualification System, published on the Class website.
6.3 Women shall race separately from the Men.
6.4 There shall be a maximum of 4 races per day .The maximum number of races in the series is 15.

7.1 Gender:
Men (A); Women (B).

8.1 All competitors may bring their own equipment.

9.1 It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that his/her board and equipment conforms to the Class Rules.
9.2 The measurers will pay special attention to sail identification rule compliance.
9.3 Measurement and equipment checks may be made throughout the event.

10.1 National letters & sail numbers shall be black in colour; placed immediately above the event advertising; and positioned according to FRRS App. G 1.3. The font shall either be Helvetica or Arial Black. All Sails shall otherwise comply with the national letter system according to the FRRS 77 and App. G

11.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed, each competitor & support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket, harness, or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg uninflated, in fresh water. The buoyancy shall be tested with a ferrous metal weight of 4kg., which shall remain supported for a minimum of 5 minutes.

12.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The LOA, IFWC or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives are not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury either ashore or on the water either to persons or equipment, which may result. Participation in this event, supporting events and in each race in them is at the sole discretion of the sailor and at his/her own risk.

13.1 Courses shall be as prescribed in the IFWC Championship Rules or in the Sailing Instructions.

14.1 The FRRS low points scoring system (App. Section 1 A2) shall apply.

15.1 An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with the FRRS 70.4. Their decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.

16.1 The 'Championship SIs' will be available at registration as will the Event Programme scheduling social events.

17.1 Coaches are required to register in advance by filling in FORM 4.
17.2 Coachboats may support competitors. If you propose to bring your own boat, please advise the local organisers in advance.
17.3 Coaches shall wear buoyancy aids when the "Y" flag is flown.


19.1 Trophies/Medals may be awarded up to the first five Male/Female in each Division depending on entry numbers.
19.2 The first man in the FWWC shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing World Champion - Men.
19.3 The first woman in the FWWC shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing World Champion - Women.
19.4 These Championships carry a prize fund of 198,000 PLN (net of taxes) (aprox. 39,600 Euro) , which shall be divided as follows :

20.1.Competitors are reminded of the ISAF rules and regulations concerning the use of banned methods and substances. Drug testing may take place during the event.

21.1 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 Championship as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.

22.1 During racing, competitors may be required by the organisers to wear bibs/vests carrying the event sponsors' branding; and carry the event sponsor's advertising on their sails. The maximum size of one event-advertising sticker is 600mmX1000mm. The sticker may not be cut or trimmed in any way

23.1 Smart casual clothes shall be worn for the Opening Ceremony and Prize Giving Ceremony.
23.2 The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.

24.1 Please visit official event websites:,, or local website for more information.
There are a lot of places to spend the night in Leba, but the competition take place in high season so we strongly recommend you make a reservation. Spending the night: Hotels 200-500 PLN, Guest house :80-250 PLN, Guest rooms with bathrooms 50-90 PLN. Addresses and telephones you can find also in:

Central Tourist Agency Leba: 84-360 Leba , ul. Kosciuszki 64.
Tel/fax: +48 59 866 22 77

Important notices:
Currency: Polish zloty /PLN/ 1 EUR=~4.8~ 5.0 PLN. There aren't any problems with exchanging money in banks and exchange offices.
Credit cards: You can pay with a credit card in most shops, petrol stations, hotels (VISA....).
The prices are: Petrol: eur 95 ~4.0PLN, Petroleum ~3,60PLN.
Phone prefix : Poland+ 48, Łeba +59, Warsaw +22
Post code:84-360
Cellular networks work in GSM and DCS (ERA - PL02) standards.
Weather: see website :
Police: the telephone number is 997, from cellular phone 112. Police might not speak English.
Road emergency service non-stop : Leba, Mickiewicza 16 ph. +48 +59 866 16 36

For non-EU members you should consider to apply for a visa in Polish Embassy.

25.1 Leba is one of greater and most popular sea-side town. Leba has beautiful beach and wild nature. Near Leba is Slowiński Park Narodowy, where you can see historic building of Slowiancy.
25.2 Location:17°33' E - 54°47' N, 28 km NW from Lebork, mouth river Leba to Baltyk. By car: you can go: Berlin-BySzczecin-Koszalin-Slupsk-Lebork-Leba/E-28/. It is about 362 km. By plane: You can fly to the international airport at Rebiechowo near Gdansk /about 13 km/. There are daily flights from Berlin and Hamburg (Polish Airlines LOT) and from Cobenhavn (SAS). You can be picked up from the airport to Leba (about 100km) at 1th and 2nd of August. The cost is 100 EUR. Please send us info:

26.1 The registration office during the regatta will be at the Race Office situated at the beach.
For more local Information before the regatta and to make enquiries please contact :
26.2 Competitors shall be required to produce the following prior to completing registration formalities on site:
- Original Regatta Entry Form (Form 1)
- Evidence of valid third party insurance
- Parental/legal Guardian Assent (Form 2) - for those under age of 18
- Medical Treatment Permission (Form 5) - for those under age of 18 or on their parents medical insurance policy
- Original Bank Transfer/Draft details
- Proof of age
- Measurement Form signed by the Official Measurer

27.1 The entry fees are as stated on the attached entry form (Form 1) and shall be paid at the time of entry by MasterCard, Visa Card or bank transfer only.
27.2 Competitors may enter in advance by paying by credit card on-line through the IWA website at Please note it is not possible to enter without payment via the IWA website. Refunds (with the approval of the IFWC) are subject to up to 10% deduction. Requests for refunds should be made to, not your card issuer or World Pay.
Alternatively, fax +44 2392 468831 or mail an official entry form (Form 1) with entry fees by JUNE 30th 2004. Entry Forms may be downloaded from the FW website.
27.3 Money Transfers shall be in the name of: The International Windsurfing Association and be sent to:
Account Name: The International Windsurfing Association
Euro Account #: 52977299
Sort Code: 20-08-44
Bank Details: Barclays Bank Plc, Birmingham, UK (Bank charges to your account)
IBAN: GB93 BARC 2008 4452 9772 99
SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22 (Bank Identifier Code)

27.4 or by Cheque /Bankers Draft, drawn on a British Bank to:
International Windsurfing Association
Mengham Cottage, Mengham Lane, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9JX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 2392 468831 Fax: +44 (0) 2392 468831
27.5 Entry fees paid on site shall be made in cash in Euros only.

28.1. Competitors who have gained entry through Qualification must complete entry by June 30th 2004.
28.2. Competitors who wish to apply for a Wildcard entry should register their application with the IWA Office by June 30th 2004.
28.3. Competitors offered a wildcard entry must complete entry by July 20th 2004.

Join the discussion

Kristian Eimind | 16th June 2004 (00:35:46)

Will there be a separat youth-class in this World Championship? What about Qualification/Wildcard for youts?(If so, probably none)

Paulo dos Reis | 26th July 2004 (04:16:29)

i wrote before asking about the limit date for registering me and i didn't recieve any answer. I am qualified (as i am the brazilian champion and forth in the southamerican) and i would like to know if i still can register my name. Please send answer as soon as possible. Thanks.

Paulăo - BRA3333

ceri | 26th July 2004 (10:06:12)

Hi Kristian,
There is no Youth category at the Formula Worlds <Poland .
The Formula Youth Worlds is in Dranske ,in September . The NOR will be published this week .
There is no qualification for this regatta ; which forms part of the 2004 Formula Festival .

ceri | 26th July 2004 (10:06:58)

Hi Paulo,
Your entry is in , see you in Leba .

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