Posted : 21st of April 2016

Liepaja European Cup Windsurfing Festival & Formula Windsurfing European Championship

Latvia, Liepaja, 08-13 August '16
1 RULES
1. The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing – Windsurfing Competition Rules (WCR).
2. The International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC) Class Rules and Championship Rules shall apply to the Formula Windsurfing European Championships (FWEC).
3. The Techno 293 Class Rules shall apply to the Liepaja Festival Techno Cup (LFTC).
4. The T293 Plus Class Rules shall apply to the Liepaja Festival Techno Plus Cup (LT+C).
5. No national prescriptions will apply.
6. If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.
7. The FWEC is also an event in the 2016 Formula Windsurfing European Cup Series.
8. Further details of the Liepaja European Cup Windsurfing Festival can also be found in “Additional Information” at the end of this NoR.

2. ADVERTISING
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 organizers during media interviews and during the prize giving.

3. DIVISIONS
3.1. Gender Divisions: Men and Women; Boys and Girls (T293)
3.2. FWEC - Age Divisions for Men:
3.2.1 A Youth shall be under the age 20 (born in or after 1997).
3.2.2 A Master shall be a man over the age of 35 (born 1980 or earlier).
3.2.3 A Grand Master shall be a man over the age of 45 (born 1970 or earlier).
3.3 FWEC - Weight Division: Lightweight (man) is one who weighs less than 75kg.
3.4 LFTC - Age Divisions:
3.4.1 A Junior shall be under 15 years of age (born in 2002, and not later than 2005).
3.4.2 A Youth shall be under 17 years of age (born in 2000 and not later than 2003).
3.5 LT+C - Age Divisions:
3.5.1 A Youth shall be under 19 years of age (born in or after 1998).
3.5.2 An Open sailor shall be born in 1997 or earlier.
3.6 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 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 - credit/debit card or bank transfer payment 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. FEES
5.1. The FWEC entry fee is 190 euro; except Youth entry fee is 160 euro.
5.2. The LFTC/FT+C entry fee is 65 euro
5.3. A 30 euro discount will be deducted for entries received by 31st July 2016.
5.4. Entry fees paid at registration shall be paid in cash (euro).
5.5. Late entries received at registration may be surcharged 20 euro.

6. RACE FORMAT
6.1. The European Championship (FWEC) shall be a course racing, “open entry” event.
6.2. Men and women may race together.
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 Championship.

7. SCHEDULE
7.1.Monday 8 Aug
10:00-18:00 FWEC Arrival and registration

Tuesday 9 Aug
10:00 FWEC First possible warning signal

Wednesday 10 Aug
09:00-12:00 LFTC/LT+C Registration
10:00 FWEC Racing
14:00 LFTC/LT+C First possible warning signal

Thursday 11 Aug to Saturday 13 Aug
10:00 Racing ALL classes

Saturday 13 Aug
16:00 Last possible warning signal
19:00 Prize giving ceremony
7.2. There shall be a daily skippers meeting one hour before the scheduled start of racing.

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 end of registration.
8.2. Equipment inspections may be made at any time during the event.
8.3. Sail Numbers. WCR Appendix G applies; alternatively national letters and sail numbers, in a colour contrasting with the body of the sail, may be placed on both sides of the sail, with those on the starboard side uppermost.
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.

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). An International Jury may be appointed.

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

13. COACHES & SUPPORT BOATS
Coaches and support boats shall be registered with the organiser and have insurance.

14. SAFETY
Support boat crewmember, and, if conditions require it, competitors, shall wear a personal flotation device that shall conform to the minimum standard of ISO 12402-5 (level 50).

15. PRIZES
15.1. Prizes may be awarded to the first three competitors of each properly constituted division.
15.2. The first man and woman in the FWEC will be declared - “2016 Formula Windsurfing European Champion”.
15.3. The first boy and girl in the LFTC will be declared – “2016 Techno 293 (division) Liepaja Cup Winner.”
15.4. The first man (boy) and women (girl) in the LT+C will be declared – “2016 T293 Plus Liepaja Cup Winner”.
15.5. There shall be a prize fund in the FWEC of a minimum 5,000 euro (net of taxes) which shall be distributed according to the Prize Fund Distribution Table.

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 non 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 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.

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
Registration will be in the race office at the beach. For all further information:
Tel: +371 29490993 Email: info@rietumkrasts.lv

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SHEET

A ACCOMMODATION
Recommend hotels: Hotel Līva Liela Street 11, Liepaja, LV-3401, Latvia Ph: +371 634 20102 e-mail: info@liva.lv www.livahotel.lv
Hotel Fontaine Royal Stūrmaņu iela 1, Liepāja Ph: +371 634 89777 E-mail: royal@fontaine.lv www.fontaineroyal.lv
More accommadation http://liepaja.travel/en/sleep/city/hotels/

B AIR TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSFERS
A wide range of scheduled and charter flights are available from all over Europe. The nearest international Airport is Riga, 220km.
Transfers can be arranged from Riga airport 1 person - 60 EUR 2 persons - 80 EUR 3 persons - 100 EUR 4 - 8 persons - 160 EUR

C PREVAILING CONDITIONS
Wind: 7 to 30 knots; side shore and onshore. Air temperature: +15 - 250C. Water temperature: +14 - 200C.

D VENUE/ LOCATION

14th of July 2017FORMULA WORLDS 2017 Youth & Masters highlights

1st of July 2017Ennio Dal Pont and Janis Preiss are crowned 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Champions

Ennio Dal Point the local boy here - from The Netherlands - wins the Youth division and Janis Preiss from Latvia the Masters after 5 days of great racing conditions in the Lake of Santa Croce.

19th of June 2017Agenda for 2017 AGM of the IWA Class

Will be held on Thursday 29th June 2017, after racing. Venue and Time: TBC (posted on the ONB), Santa Croce, Italy.

15th of June 2017Wojciech Brzozowski wins the ERGO Hestia European Championships

POL 10 is one step closer to claiming the title after winning in Sopot.

5th of June 2017Vincent Langer becomes Formula Windsurfing World Champion 2017

14 races on five event days is the result of the 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Championships that took place during the Multivan Summer Opening on Sylt.

2nd of June 2017Notice of 2017 AGM in Santa Croce, Italy

The meeting is scheduled for the evening of Thursday 29th June - but it will be confirmed when the Agenda is published on or around 15th June.

2nd of June 2017An Interview with Steve Allen

Steve Allen (AUS-0) who has been one of the worldwide top windsurfers for over 20 years.

24th of May 2017AICW withdrew the number of ITA 872

Roberto Boschetti "Bosco" died 16th September 2015 during a short ride in MTB.

24th of May 20172017 Youth & Masters World Championships remainder

A reminder to all Formula racers regarding the 2017 Youth & Masters World Championships.

24th of May 2017ERGO Hestia Championships - press conference

ERGO Hestia Championships is the first in a series of three events of the Formula Windsurfing European Championships.

18th of April 2017Sopot ready to welcome Formula Windsurfers

Formula Windsurfing is coming back to Poland for the Europeans.

3rd of April 2017ERGO Hestia Formula Windsurfing European Championships – Poland

In the upcoming season of 2017, Sopot Sailing Club ERGO Hestia will once again host a European-level event. This time the Europeans, which are set to take place from the 11th to 15th of June 2017.

3rd of March 2017Carmim Lago Alqueva FW 2017

Once again the CARMIM LAGO ALQUEVA FW 201, was a amazing success on land, because for the second time in a row, as we didn't have a lot of wind in the 4 days of competition.

27th of February 2017First day of Carmim Lago Alqueva FW 2017

14th of February 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Championships in Germany. Enter online now!

The event will take place from May 29th to June 05th in Westerland on Sylt.

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.

17th of January 2017Alqueva - the lands of the great lake. Venue of Iberian Inland Championship

The Alqueva dam in Portugal is the largest dam in Western Europe.

19th of December 2016Formula Windsurfing World Championships 2017 in Germany

The Formula Windsurfing World Championships 2017 will take place on Sylt (Germany). From May 30th to June 5th the worlds best racers will travel to the island of Sylt to fight for the world title.

19th of December 2016IFWC General Meeting - notice and agenda

A General Meeting of representatives of IFWC Member National Associations will be held during the 2017 Dusseldorf Boat Show.

21st of November 2016Alexandre Cousin is the 2016 Formula Windsurfing World Champion

There is a new name on the plaque of champions – Alexandre Cousin from France.