Posted : 11th of December 2004

Sail Melbourne 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic Championships

Australia, Melbourne, 21-25 January '05
The Sail Melbourne 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic Championships will be held from Friday 21st January 2005 to Tuesday 25th January 2005. The Championships will be conducted by Elwood Sailing Club, which is located in the City Of Melbourne, Australia. The Organising Authority Is Yachting Victoria.
The Championships are a qualification regatta for the 2005 World Championships. Five (5) places are allocated to competitors from the host Continent (Oceania).
The Championships are a Level 1 IFWC Ranking Event and sanctioned by ISAF and IWA.

1. RULES
1.1 The Championships will be governed by the rules as defined in The 2005-2008 Racing Rules of Sailing.
1.2 The IFWC Class Rules & Championship Rules;
1.3 No national authority prescriptions will apply.

2. ADVERTISING
The IFWC is a category 'C' class as set out in ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code.

3. ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY
3.1 The championships are open to all boats of the Formula Windsurfer Class.
3.2 All Competitors shall be a member of a National FW Association or the IFWC and meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19 - Eligibility Code.
3.3 National Associations shall be paid up members of the IWA. Membership formalities can be completed at the venue.
3.4 Eligible boats may enter by completing the attached form, which shall be lodged with the Organising Authority or through the official electronic form on the Sail Melbourne International Regatta website. The fully completed entry form shall be received at the entry address no later than 1700hrs on 16th January 2005 accompanied by the required fee (refer Fees). Entries may be accepted after 1700hrs on 16th January 2005 at the discretion of the Organising Authority, but will be subject to late entry supplements.

4. FEES
Entry fees are stated in Australian AUD$ and include Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). Entry includes a regatta t-shirt for each competitor and entry to the welcome and presentation functions.
The entry fee is $140 per sailor for entries received prior to 1700hrs on 16th January 2005. The fee for entries that arrive after 1700hrs on 16th January 2005 will be incure a late entry fee supleemnt of $40per entry.

5. CLASSIFICATION
5.1 A Youth (C) shall be under the age of 20 (born in or after 1986 and not later than 1992)
5.2 A Master (M) is a man who has reached the age of 35 or for a woman, 30, by Dec. 31st 2004.
5.3 A competitor must have reached the minimum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2004.
5.4 A competitor must not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2005.
5.5 A Grand Master (G) is a man who has reached the age of 45 or for a woman, 40, by Dec. 31st 2004.

6. DIVISIONS
6.1 Oceanic Formula Windsurfing Championship (OFWC)
6.1.1 The series will be a single discipline 'Open Entry' event for Divisions A (Men) and a single discipline 'Open Entry' event for Divisions B (Women).
6.1.2 Men and women may race together, in a maximum of 4 races per day .
6.1.3 The maximum number of races in the series is 15.

6.2 Oceanic Formula Windsurfing Youth and Masters Championship (OFWYMC)
6.2.1 The series will be a single discipline 'Open Entry' event for Division C (Youth) and a single discipline 'Open Entry' event for Division M (Master).
6.2.2 Masters and Youth Divisions may race together with the OFWC, in a maximum of 4 races per day.
6.2.3 The maximum number of races in the series is 15

6.3 Formula Windsurfing Grand Masters Australian Championship (FWGMAC)-
6.3.1 The series will be a single discipline 'Open Entry' event for Division G (Grand Master)
6.3.2 Grand Masters Division G may race together with the OFWC, in a maximum of 4 races per day.
6.3.3 The maximum number of races in the series is 15

6.4 General
A minimum of 5 entries are required to constitute a mens division. A minimum of 3 entries are required to constitute all other divisions. If the number of entries in a division reaches 30, that division may be given a separate start.

7. SCHEDULE
7.1 Registration.
Friday 21st January, 2005 1300 -1700 hrs
Saturday 22nd January, 2005 0900 -1000 hrs (late arrivals only)
Competitors will be required to produce the following information at registration.
- Parental/legal Guardian Assent - for those under age of 18
- Regatta entry fee or confirmation details of payment.
- Proof of age
- Measurement Form signed by the Official Measurer

7.2 Measurement.
Friday 21st January, 2005 1300 -1700 hrs,
Saturday 22ndJanuary, 2005 0900 -1000 hrs (late arrivals only)

7.3 Dates of Racing.
" Saturday 22 January, 2005 1100 hrs, Skippers meeting and welcome
" Saturday 22 January, 2005 1200 hrs, Racing
" Sunday 23 January, 2005 1300 hrs, Racing (note late start)
" Monday 24 January, 2005 1000 hrs, Racing
" Tuesday 25 January, 2005 1000 hrs, Racing
The first warning signal will not be made before 1100 hrs on the first scheduled day of racing.
The last warning signal will not be made later than 1600 hrs on the last scheduled day of racing

7.4 Social functions
Saturday 22ndJanuary, 2005 1830 hrs, Neat casual BBQ and welcome in the
Elwood Sailing Club Clubhouse
Tuesday 25th January, 2005 1830 hrs, Neat casual, sit down BBQ and presentation ceremony
in the Elwood Sailing Club Clubhouse

8. MEASUREMENT
8.1 Each boat shall produce a valid measurement form.
8.2 Measurement and equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
8.3 The measurers will pay special attention to sail identification rule compliance.
National letters & sail numbers shall be placed on both sides of the sail, shall be in a colour contrasting strongly with the body of the sail; placed immediately above the event advertising. All Sails shall otherwise comply with the national letter system according to the RRS 77 and Appendix G .

9. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
The sailing instructions will be available at registration together with the Event Program scheduling social events.

10. VENUE
Elwood Sailing Club. Details and location can be found at www.elwoodsc.com

11. COURSES
Courses shall be as prescribed in the IFWC Championship Rules & Racing Guidelines.

12. SCORING
Three (3) races are required to be completed to constitute a series

13. COACH & SUPPORT BOATS
13.1 Coach and Support Personnel are required to complete registration as per competitors.
13.2 Coach boats may support competitors. If you propose to bring your own, please advise the local organisers in advance.
13.3 Coach and Support boats shall keep 100m clear of the course area during racing except when asked to assist by the Race Committee.

14. BUOYANCY
All competitors shall wear personal flotation devices which are in good condition and are in accordance with the specifications issued or approved by a national authority affiliated to the International Sailing Federation, or a standards organisation, or certification authority, recognised for the purpose by its respective government.
Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 1.2

15. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
A boat shall neither make radio transmission while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephone communications.

16. PRIZES
16.1 Medals and prize money will be awarded to the outright place getters within the mens division (A) according to the following scale. Less than 5 entries: no division. 5-10 entries 1st - 3rd ; 11-30 entries 1st - 5th ; Over 30 entries 1st - 8th;
16.2 Medals and prize money will be awarded to the outright place getters within the womens division (B) according to the following scale. Less than 3 entries: no division. 3-5 entries 1st place only; 6 - 10 entries 1st - 3rd; 11 - 30 entries 1st - 5th ; Over 30 entries: 1st - 8th ;
16.3 Medals will be awarded to the outright place getters within the Youth (C), Masters (M) and Grand Masters (G) divisions according to the following scale. Less than 3 entries: no division. 3-5 entries: 1st place only; 6 - 10 entries 1st - 3rd; 11 - 30 entries 1st - 5th ; Over 30 entries: 1st - 8th;
16.4 The OFWC carries a prize fund of $2300 AUD, which will be divided as follows:

WOMEN - total prize pool $300
Place 1st 2nd 3rd
$ $150 $100 $50

MEN - total prize pool $2000 The prize money for men will be
divided according to the following table:
Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
% 25% 20% 14% 11% 9% 8% 7% 6%



Prize money will be awarded based on the overall combined outright finishing score for men and women, irrespective of nationality. If the first woman is placed 6th or above they are eligible to prize money according to that place from the mens prize pool, forgoing their eligibility to the womens prize pool. If the first woman is placed below 7th they are eligible for the womens prize pool only.
16.5 The first Oceanic Man / Woman in the OFWC will be known as the 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic champion.
16.5.1 The first overall placed Man / Woman in the OFWC will be known as the 2005 Australian Formula Windsurfing Champion.
16.6 The first Oceanic Woman in the OFWC will be known as the 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic Womens Champion.
16.6.1 The first overall Woman in the OFWC will be known as the 2005 Formula Windsurfing Australian Womens Champion.
16.7 The first Oceanic Boy/Girl in the OFWYC will be known as the 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic Youth Champion.
16.7.1 The first overall Boy/Girl in the OFWYC will be known as the 2005 Australian Formula Windsurfing Youth Champion.
16.8 The first Oceanic Master's age Man/Woman in the OFWMC will be known as 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic Masters Champion.
16.8.1 The first overall Master's age Man/Woman in the OFWMC will be known as 2005 Australian Formula Windsurfing Masters Champion.
16.9 The first Grand Master in the OFWMC will be known as the 2005 Australian Formula Windsurfing Grand Masters Champion.

17. DISCLAIMER Of LIABILITY
Competitors participate in the championships entirely at their own risk. See rule 4, Decision to Race. The organising authority and the Host Sailing Club, their officers, members, servants and agents accept no liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the championship.

18. INSURANCE
All entrants competing in the Sail Melbourne 2005 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic Championships
shall have third-party liability insurance cover of not less than AUD$1,000,000 (recommended AUD$10,000,000) or equivalent thereof in any other currency for any accident. All owners/competitors who sign the Entry Form are deemed to have made a declaration that they hold such cover. Competitors shall produce evidence of such insurance at registration.

19. BIBS/VESTS & COMPETITORS SAIL BRANDING.
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 sticker may not be cut or trimmed in any way.

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

21. FURTHER INFORMATION.
For further information, please contact

Sail Melbourne Co-ordinator: Sam Maffett
Sail Melbourne International Regatta
C/o Yachting Victoria
PO Box 83 / 77 Beach Road Sandringham. Victoria 3191, Australia.
Tel:+61 3 9597 0066
Fax: +61 3 9598 7384
Mobile: +61 (0) 400 001 786
E-mail: info@sailmelbourne.com.au
Website: www.sailmelbourne.com.au

OR

Ian Fox
President Australian Windsurfing
PO Box 345
Chelsea Vic 3196
Tel: +61 3 9773 2405
Fax: +61 3 9772 7772
Mobile +61 (0) 419 772 444
E-mail: aus001@ianfox.com

22. AMENDMENTS
Any amendment to this Notice of Race will be posted on the Sail Melbourne web site: www.sailmelbourne.com.au no later than January 1st, 2005.



Additional Information
(this information does not form part of the Notice of Race)

Travel assistanec for Interantional sailors:
There is $1000AUD available for travel assistance that will be spilt in an equitable way between International competitors traveling from outside Australian according their travel costs incurred and the distance travelled. All international sailors looking to compete in the Championships and wishing to be considered eligible for part of this assistance should contact the Sal melbourne coordinator as addresses in the Notice of Race by January 14th, 2005

Accommodation:
The Holiday Inn are official sponsors of the event and have reduced their rates for sailors and supporters involved with the Sail Melbourne events. For reservations call +61 3 9648 2777 or email: reservations@holidayinnmelbourne.com.au or visit www.holidayinn.com.au

A homestay program will operate in the area providing low cost accommodation where sailors will be billeted to stay with local people. Further information is available on the Sail Melbourne website: www.sailmelbourne.com.au or by contacting the Sail Melbourne Office at: info@sailmelbourne.com.au

Further accommodation and tourism formation can be found on Tourism Victoria's website
www.visitvictoria.com.au

Elwood Sailing Club:
International competitors equipment may be stored at Elwood Saling Club for the duration of the championship.

Equipment transfers:
Sail Melbourne offers to provide assistance for International competitors transporting their equipment from and to the Melbourne International Airport (Tullamarine). All sailors seeking assistance must conatct the Sail Melbourne office by December 24th, 2004 to guarantee assistance where possible. info@sailmelbourne.com.au

Hire Cars:
Major Hire Car Companies are situated at the airport.

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