Posted : 2nd of January 2017

2017 Formula & Raceboard Oceanic/Australian Championships

Australia, Jimmy’s Beach, Hawks Nest, NSW, 24-27 January '17
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event including;

2017 Oceanic Formula Windsurfing Championships
2017 Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships
2017 Oceanic Raceboard Championships
2017 Australian Raceboard Championships

1 RULES
1.1 The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020, Appendix B Windsurfing Competition Rules (WCR).
1.2 The respective Class Rules will apply.
1.3 No national prescriptions will apply.
1.4 If there is conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions (SI’s), the SI’s will take precedence.
1.5 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. World Sailing Regulation 20 ‘Advertising Code’ shall apply.

3 CLASSES and DIVISIONS
3.1 The participating classes shall be Formula and Raceboard.
3.2 The participating divisions shall be:
3.2.1 Raceboard Class – Men, Women, Youth, Senior, Master, Grand Master, Veteran, 7.8m.
3.2.2 Formula Class – Men, Women, Youth, Grand Master, Veteran, Legend
3.3 Age Divisions:
3.3.1 A Youth shall be under the age 20 (born in or after 1998).
3.3.2 A Senior shall be a man or woman over the age of 19 (men born 1997 or earlier).
3.3.3 A Master shall be a man over the age of 35 (men born 1981 or earlier) or a woman over the age of 30 (women born 1986 or earlier).
3.3.4 A Grand Master shall be a man aged 45 or older (born in 1971 or earlier) or a woman aged 40 or older (born in 1976 or earlier).
3.3.5 A Veteran shall be a man aged 55 or older (born in 1961 or earlier) or a woman aged 50 or older (born in 1966 or earlier).
3.3.6 A Legend shall be a man aged 65 or older (born in 1951 or earlier) or a woman aged 60 or older (born in 1956 or earlier).
3.4 Weight Divisions (Raceboard):
3.4.1 Light weight ‐ 69.9 kilo and below;
3.4.2 Medium weight ‐ 70 to 85 kilo;
3.4.3 Heavy weight ‐ 85.1 kilo and above.
3.4.4 Competitors weighing in close to or within + ‐ 2 kg to the next weight division may choose in which division to participate.
3.5 7.8 Sail Division (Raceboard)
3.5.1 For competitors registering 7.8m2 maximum sail size.
3.5.2 Competitors in this division will sail a shortened course.
3.6 Free Formula Division (Formula)
3.6.1 Competitors in this division will sail a shortened course.
3.6.2 All Youth will sail in the Free Formula division.
3.7 A minimum of 3 competitors is required to constitute a class and/or division.

4 ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
4.1 Entries shall meet requirements of World Sailing 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 by completing the online entry forms at:
http://downunderpro.com/ - by 24th January 2017.
The following shall be presented upon registration:
• Evidence of valid third party insurance
• Proof of age
4.4 Junior competitors must ensure the following forms are completed online:
Parental Permission Form - for those under age of 18
4.5 Coaches and team support personnel may register on registration day at the race office. The following shall be presented upon registration:
• Boat Driving Licence (if applicable)
• Evidence of valid third party insurance.

5 FEES
5.1 The required fees are as follows:
Youth (under 20): 150 $AUS
Men/Women: 250 $AUS
5.2 Entry fees are paid online as part of the registration process. Paypal is used as the payment agent – you don’t need a Paypal account to pay, however a credit or debit card will be required if you don’t have an account.

6 RACE FORMAT
6.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline, course racing, “open entry” event.
6.2 Formula and Raceboard classes will sail as fleets with separate starts.
6.3 All divisions in each class shall race together.
6.4 For Raceboard, there shall race a maximum 4 races per day, in a maximum 15 race series.
6.5 For Formula, there shall be a maximum of 5 races per day, in a maximum 15 race series.
6.6 Three races are required to validate the championship for each class.


7 SCHEDULE

Monday 23 Jan
1700 Welcome food & drink

Tuesday 24 Jan
0930‐1130 Registration
1200 Skippers Meeting
1300 Racing

Wednesday 25 Jan to
1100 Racing

Friday 27 Jan
1100 Racing
1600 Last possible warning signal
1800 Prize giving and closing ceremony

7.1 The first possible warning signal each day will not be made before 1100hrs,
except on the first day when the first possible warning signal will not be made before 1300hrs.

8 EQUIPMENT & EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
8.1 An Equipment Registration 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 stored, launched and retrieved from the designated area at the event site.
8.4 Australian Raceboard Championship. Those sailors only competing for the Australian Championship may race with a board that is not registered with ISAF, but shall complete the online form to seek prior approval from the organiser.

9 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The sailing instructions (SI’s) will be available upon registration. Any changes to the SI’s shall be approved by the Race Officer and Class Representatives 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
12.1 Scoring will be according to the WCR B8, and using the Low Points Scoring System. For the Formula Class, WCR B8.A2.1 shall be replaced by: “Each board’s series score shall be the total of her race scores with the number of her worst scores excluded as follows: 1-3 races, 0 excluded; 4-6 races, 1 excluded; 7-10 races, 2 excluded; 11-15 races, 3 excluded.
12.2 An overall ranking will be published. The finishing positions for the Women, Youth, Master, Grandmaster, Veteran 7.8m, and Weight Divisions will be determined by their respective finishing position in the overall ranking.
12.3 Each class shall be scored separately and for the Oceanic and Australian Raceboard titles the results will be scored separately.

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

14 SAFETY
Every competitor shall wear, whilst afloat, a personal flotation device that shall
conform to the minimum standard of ISO 12402‐5 (level 50), or meets AUS
Standards AS1499 & AS1512.

15 TROPHIES/PRIZES
15.1 Trophies and/or prizes will be awarded to the first three competitors of each properly constituted class.
15.1.1 The first Oceanic man and woman will be declared;
“2017.Oceanic”.Class “Champion”
15.1.2 For Formula; the first Australian man and woman will be declared;
“2017.Australian Formula Windsurfing Champion”
15.2 For Raceboard the first Australian man or woman in each weight division will be declared;
“2017.Australian Raceboard” .Weight division.” Champion”
15.3 Trophies and/or prizes will be awarded to the first competitor, (first 3 competitors for Free Formula), of each properly constituted Oceanic division. Properly constituted divisions will be posted on the official notice board after the completion of the registration.

16 OFFICIAL CEREMONIES
Competitors are requested to attend the event’s social functions. 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 boards shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of AUD 20,000,000 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 the rigging area at Jimmy’s Beach, Hawks Nest.

20.2 For further information please contact: Glen Morrell (Raceboard)
Brett Morris (Formula)

Mobile – +61 (0) 418 493 763 Email – glen.morrell@gmail.com
Mobile – +61 (0) 414 812 545 Email - brettaus8@gmail.com

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

A ACCOMMODATION
There is a variety of holiday-rental accommodation, caravan parks and camping available in the areas directly adjacent to the race site and in the surrounding town. More information about accommodation for the event will be updated on the event website: http://downunderpro.com/

B AIR TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSFERS
Hawks Nest Beach is 56km north of Newcastle Airport, the nearest domestic airport and 234km north of Sydney International Airport, the nearest international airport.
The organiser will endeavour to arrange help with transport to and from Sydney or Newcastle airport for equipment, competitors and support personnel for those travelling from interstate/overseas. 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.

C PREVAILING CONDITIONS
Wind: 10 to 25 knots; sideshore and onshore.
Water temperature: 250C. Air temperature: 25 – 350C.

E VENUE
Jimmy’s Beach (Coorilla Street Carpark) Hawks Nest, NSW 2324, AUS.

F CHARTER BOARDS - Raceboards
A small selection of used Starboard Phantoms will be available for charter on a first come first served basis. The boards are complete with fins, straps and centreboard.
Contact Glen Morrell for more details.

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