Posted : 29th of July 2019

2nd Azores Windsurf Foil Open Challenge

Portugal, Azores – Terceira, 29 October - 02 November '19
Event website :

1.1 The event will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing – Windsurfing Edition (WCR) .
1.2 The Azores Windsurf Foil Open Equipment Rules shall apply .
1.3 National Authority prescriptions to Rules 60.1, 67, 86.3, 88.2 and 91b 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.
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.

3.1 Gender Divisions: Men and Women.
3.2 Age Divisions:
3.2.1 A Master shall be over the age of 40 (born 1978 or earlier).
3.2.2 A Grand Master shall be over the age of 50 (born 1968 or earlier).
3.3 A minimum of 5 competitors is required to constitute a division.

4.1 A competitors shall be a member of a club or other organisation affiliated to a World Sailing Member National Authority.
4.2 Eligible competitors may enter online - credit/debit card or bank transfer payment required. Online entry will close on 22nd October 2019
4.3 An entry is not valid until the entry fee is paid.
4.5 The following shall be presented upon registration:
• Evidence of valid third party insurance
• Proof of age
Parental Permission For m - for those under age of 18

5.1 The required entry fee is: 190 euro.
5.2 A 30 euro discount will be deducted for entries paid by 1st October 2019.
5.3 Entry fees paid at registration shall be paid in cash (euro).
5.4 Late entries may be surcharged 20 euro.
5.5 Entry fees may be paid by bank transfer to:
Account Name: The International Windsurfing Association
Bank Details: Barclays Bank Plc, GB
IBAN: GB05 BUKB 2008 4452 9772 99
Please include "AFOC" in your payment advice and e-mail confirmation of payment to:

6.1 The competition format will be “upwind/downwind” racing.
6.2 Men and women may race separately.
6.3 Competitors shall race a maximum 5 races per day, in a maximum 16 race series.
6.4 Three races are required to validate the event for each division.

Sat>Mon 26/28 Oct Arrival & Training

Tuesday 29 Oct
1000-1600 Registration
1800 Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 30 Oct to Saturday 2 Nov
1200 First possible warning signal

Saturday 2 Nov
1700 Last possible warning signal
2000 Prize giving ceremony & party

Sunday 3 Nov Departure

7.1 There will be a daily skippers meeting on racing days one hour before the first possible warning signal.

8.1 An Equipment Inspection Form , which will also 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 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 IWA Representative at the event.

Courses will be as described in the sailing instructions and Event Rules.

A Protest Committee will be appointed and their decision may be appealed.

Scoring will be according to the WCR Appendix A except as amended by the following discard profile: 1 after 4 races; 2 after 7 races; 3 after 11 races.

Coaches shall be registered with the organiser. Support boats are not permitted on the race area.

Competitors shall wear a personal flotation device or impact vest, and a suitable helmet.

15.1 Prizes may be awarded to top 3 competitors of a properly constituted division.
15.2 The first man and woman in their respective Open Overall Ranking will be declared - “2019 Azores Windsurf Foil Open Challenge Champion”.
15.3 There shall be a prize fund of 40,000 euro (net of taxes) which shall be distributed according to revised Azores Open Prize Fund Rules.

Competitors are requested to attend the event’s social functions; including the opening and closing ceremonies. 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 shall be insured with valid third party liability insurance with a minimum cover of 300,000 euro per event or the equivalent.

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.

20.1 Registration will be in the race office at the event site 20.2 For further information please contact: Carlos Borges Tel: + 351 968908817 Email:

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

Azores Airlines baggage allowance
The distance between the airport of Terceira to the Race Office is 5 km. There will be free transfers between the Airport and the Race Office, we only ask to send an email to the organization with the date and your flight schedule.
For transfer please contact: Carlos Borges
mobile: + 351 968908817 email:

There is a variety of holiday-rental accommodation on the island of Terceira, but the local organiser has a contract with local hotels with excellent conditions and prices for all the competitors and family.
All the hotels have a maximum distance to the Race Office of 500m. For long stays, we could try to arrange local private houses, in good prices.
Further accommodation

Wind: 12 to 25 knots; Air temperature: 180C to 220C; Water temperature: 200C

Over the course of November typical wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 9 m/s (light air to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 15 m/s (high wind).
The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around November 9, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around November 30, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s (fresh breeze).

Wind Speed in November

The average daily minimum (red), maximum (green), and average (black) wind speed with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).
The wind is most often out of the north west (16% of the time), north (14% of the time), south (13%of the time), east (10% of the time), and south east (10% of the time).

Wind Directions in November

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions over the entire year. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.





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