Posted : 11th of February 2016

2016 Portimao Formula Windsurfing European Festival

Portugal, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Algarve, 17-22 May '16
Organized by: Clube Naval de Portimao in co-operation with Associacao Formula Windsurfing Portugal and Portimão City Hall
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event including

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 shall apply.
1.3 No national prescriptions will apply.
1.4 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

2.1 Sailors may be required to display advertising chosen and supplied by the organising authority. ISAF Regulation 20 ‘Advertising Code’ shall apply.
2.2 Event branding shall be worn at all times when afloat, and as requested by the organisers during media interviews and during the prize giving.

3.1 Gender Division: Men and Women.
3.2 Age Divisions for European Championship titles: Youth (men) and Masters (men):
3.2.1 A Youth shall be under the age of 20 (born in or after 1997).
3.2.2 A Master shall be a man over the age of 35 (born 1980 or earlier).
3.3 Age sub-divisions for men - Portimao European Festival titles:
3.3.1 A Junior shall be under the age of 17 (born in or after 2000).
3.3.2 A Senior shall be born 1996 or earlier, but not before 1981.
3.3.3 A Grand Master shall be a man over the age of 45 (born 1970 or earlier).
3.3.4 A Veteran shall be a man over the age of 55 (born 1960 or earlier).
3.4 A minimum of 5 competitors is required to constitute a division or sub division.

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 Eligible competitors may enter online (payment by credit/debit card or bank transfer required)
4.4 The following shall be presented upon registration:
Evidence of valid third party insurance
Proof of age
Emergency Contact and Health Information Form - for those under age of 18

5.1 The required entry fee: is 190 euro; except Youth entry fee is 160 euro.
5.2 A 30 euro discount will be deducted for entries received by 19th April 2016.
5.3 Entry fees paid at registration shall be paid in cash (euro).
6.1 The European Festival shall be a racing, “open entry”, event.
6.2 Men and women may race separately.
6.3 Competitors shall race a maximum 5 races per day, in a maximum 15 race series.
6.4 Three races are required to validate the event.

7.1 Monday 16 May
Early arrivals & Training
Tuesday 17 May
1000-1800 Registration & Training
2000 Opening ceremony
Wednesday 18 May
0800-0900 Late Registration
1000 Skippers Meeting
1100 Racing
Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May
1100 Racing
Sunday 22 May
1600 Last possible warning signal
1800 Prize giving

7.2 The first possible warning signal will be made each day at 1100hrs.
7.3 There may be a daily skippers meeting on racing days at 1000hrs.

8.1 An Equipment Inspection Form, which will be available at registration, shall be returned to the Event Equipment Inspector by the close of registration.
8.2 Alternatively, and to save time, an Equipment Inspection Form can be completed on-line.
8.3 Equipment inspections may be made at any time during the event.
8.4 Unless otherwise directed by the organising authority, boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at the event site. 
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.

Courses will be as described in the sailing instructions.

An International Jury may be appointed. The decisions of the International Jury shall be final in accordance with Appendix N and RRS 70.5.

Scoring will be according to the WCR Appendix A, except for discards which shall
be according to IFWC Championship Rules.

Coaches and support boats shall be registered with the organiser. Support boat drivers shall have a valid boat licence and third party liability insurance.

Support boat crew and, if required, competitors shall wear a personal flotation device that shall conform to the minimum standard ISO 12402-5 (level 50).

15.1 Prizes may be awarded to the first three competitors of each properly constituted division or sub division.
15.2 The first Youth will be declared - “2016 Formula Windsurfing Youth European Champion”.
15.3 The first Master will be declared - “2016 Formula Windsurfing Masters European Champion”.
15.4 The first Woman will be declared – “2016 Formula Windsurfing Women’s European Champion”.
15.5 The first man in the overall ranking will be declared – “2015 Portimao European Festival Champion.”

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 non attendance at the prize giving ceremony.

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.

Each participating competitor/support boat driver shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of 300,000 euro per event or the equivalent.

Competitors automatically grant to the organizing authority without payment the right in perpetuity to make, use and show any motion pictures, still pictures and live, taped or filmed television of or relating to the event.

Registration will be in the race office at the beach, adjacent to the Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, in front of the Marina de Portimão – Praia da Rocha Latitude 37° 7'0.65"N ; Longitude 8°31'45.39"W

For further information contact: Vasco Chaveca Email: Phone: 00351 96 633 76 64


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

The nearest airport is the Faro airport, the distance between the airport and Portimão – Praia da Rocha is 60 km, in highway.
The organiser will endeavour to arrange transfer between Faro Airport and the city of Portimão - Praia da Rocha. It would assist the organiser if the competitors, requiring this service, could advise their flight details as early as possible prior to the first day of the event.
The price of the transfer between Faro airport and Race office in Praia da Rocha - Portimão will be 50€, that includes THE COMPETITOR, EQUIPMENT AND ONE PERSON MORE (family, friend ....)
The price of the transfer between Praia da Rocha – Portimão to Faro Airport in the end of the Championship will be also 50€, that includes THE COMPETITOR, EQUIPMENT AND ONE PERSON MORE (family, friend ....).
For transfer please contact: Clube Naval de Portimão
Phone Number´s : 00 351 282 417 529 / Mobile: 00 351 96 58 39 013 / 00 351 91 224 87 87+ 351 96 633 76 64
email: and

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FW European Championship Portimao 2016

Formula Windsurfing European Championship
Praia da Rocha - Portimão - Portugal
17 - 22 May 2016

- Standard Single Room (1 adult) -
Bed and breakfast: € 45
Half Board (accommodation, breakfast and dinner) : € 60
Full Board (accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner): 75 €

- Standard Double Room (2 adults) -
Bed and breakfast: € 50
Half Board (accommodation, breakfast and dinner): 80 €
Full Board (accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner): € 110

Prices per night, per room, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour access to the gym and VAT included. Drinks at meals, spa and parking are not included in rates.
Reservation Required.
Send request to: (mention the code FWC)
Pre-payment of the 1st night by credit card or bank transfer to confirm the booking.

The Jupiter Algarve Hotel is located in front of Praia da Rocha beach in Portimão. The Portimão Marina is located less than 1km away.
Recently renovated, with a decor inspired by the sea of ​​the Algarve, the hotel has 183 rooms & suites, outdoor pool, spa, gym, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and daily musical entertainment.

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Wind: 10 to 25 knots Air temp: 18 0C to 27 0C. Water temp: 170C - 190C

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