Posted : 25th of August 2005

Sail Melbourne Formula Windsurfing 2005 World Championships

Australia, Melbourne, 12-17 December '05
The Sail Melbourne Formula Windsurfing 2005 World Championships will be held from Monday 12th December 2005 to Saturday 17th December 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 sanctioned by ISAF and IWA.

1.1 The Championships will be governed by the rules as defined in the 2005-2008 Racing Rules of Sailing (inc Appendix B)
1.2 The IFWC Class Rules & Championship Rules;
1.3 ISAF Equipment Rules of Sailing 2005 - 2008.
1.4 This Notice of Race & the Sailing Instructions.
1.5 No national authority prescriptions will apply.

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

3.1 The championships are open to boards of the Formula Windsurfing Class that have either qualified according to the published Ranking System 2005 , or whose 'wildcard' application has been approved .
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 boards may enter by completing the attached Form 1, which shall be lodged with the Organising Authority and through the official electronic form on the IWA website. If the participant is under eighteen years of age Form 1 must also be completed by the participant's parent or legal guardian.

Entry fees are stated in EURO as listed on Form 1: Regatta Entry Form. Applications must be received by the International Windsurfing Association by 30 September 2005 and full payment to the International Windsurfing Association is required by 30 November 2005.

Entry fees may only be accepted on site if paid in Australian AUD$ at the going exchange rate and will include the Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST). Entry fees paid on site are subject to a late entry fee suplement of $AUD65 per entry which will be charged at the discretion of the organising authority.

Entry includes a regatta t-shirt for each competitor and entry to the welcome and presentation functions.

5.1 Gender Divisions:
5.1.1 The Championship is a single discipline event for : Men (A), Women (B).
5.1.2 Women shall race separately from men.

5.2 Age Divisions: prizes may be awarded in the following age divisions
5.2.1 A Youth (C) is a man or woman who is less than 20 years of age.
5.2.2 A Master (G) is a man who has reached the age of 35 or a woman who has reached the age of 30,
5.2.3 A sailor must have reached the minimum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2004.
5.2.4 A sailor must not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2005.
5.3 Weight Divisions (men) : prizes shall be awarded in the following divisions
5.3.1 Lightweight - a sailor who weighs less than 80kg.
5.3.2 Heavyweight - a sailor who weighs more than 75kg.
5.4 A minimum of 5 entries is required to constitute a division within a fleet.

6.1 The maximum fleet size shall be 120.
6.2 Fleet Grouping :
6.2.1 Where there are 70 or fewer racers entered in a division, they shall race together in one fleet.
6.2.2 Where there are between 71 and 90 racers entered in a division, the Class Race Supervisor shall decide whether they shall race in one fleet or whether there shall be a First Round followed by a Final Round.
6.2.3 Where there are more than 90 racers entered in a division, they shall race a First Round followed by a Final Round.
6.3 A minimum of 3 races is required for a valid championship .
6.4 There shall be a maximum of 4 races per day , and a maximum of 15 races in the series.
6.5 See Championship Rules 2005 for full details .

7.1 Registration.
Monday 12th December, 2005 0900 -1700 hrs
Tuesday 13th December, 2005 0800 -1100 hrs

Competitors will be required to produce the following information at registration.
- Parental/legal Guardian Assent - see Form 1
- Regatta entry fee or confirmation details of payment.
- Proof of age
- Equipment Registraion Form signed by the Official Equipment Inspector .
- Proof of current Insurance

7.2 Equipment Registration.
Monday 12th December, 2005 0900 -1700 hrs
Tuesday 13th December, 2005 0800 -1100 hrs

7.3 Dates of Racing.
Tuesday 13th December 2005 1200 hrs, Racing
Wednesday 14th December 2005 1200 hrs, Racing
Thursday 15th December 2005 1200 hrs, Racing
Friday 16th December 2005 1200 hrs, Racing
Saturday 17th December 2005 1000 hrs, Racing
The first warning signal will not be made before 1200 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
A welcome function will be held on Tuesday 13th December at 1800 hrs.
A presentation function will be held on Saturday 17th December at 1800 hrs.

8.1 Each board shall produce a valid Equipment Registration Form.
8.2 Equipment registration will be conducted for all competitors prior to the first race as listed in Schedule 7.
8.3 Random measurement and equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
8.4 The inspectors 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 .
8.5 It is the responibility of each compettor to ensure that his /her board and equipment conforms to the Class Rules .

The sailing instructions will be available at registration and will be available on the Sail Melbourne web-site after 1st December 2005.

Elwood Sailing Club. Details and location can be found at

Courses shall be as prescribed in the IFWC Championship Rules & Racing Guidelines, or in the Sailing Instructions. The course to be raced on any day will be selected by the race officer who will ensure that the relevant course diagram is posted on the Official Notice Board not later then 30 minutes before the start of a race.

An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with the RRS 70.4. Their decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.

The RRS -WCR low points scoring system shall apply.

14.1 Coach and Support Personnel are required to complete registration as per competitors. Form 2.
14.2 Coach boats may support competitors. If you propose to bring your own, please advise the local organisers in advance.
14.3 Coach and Support boats shall keep 100m clear of the course area during racing except when asked to assist by the Race Committee.
14.4 All registered coach and support boats shall be identified by the display of a white flag with their 3
letter country code (eg. GBR) in black consistent with the competitor/s they support.

All sailors shall wear above the waist a jacket or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg in fresh water. The buoyancy shall be tested with a metal weight of 4kg which shall remain supported for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Personal buoyancy shall not weigh more than 1.5kg when wet weighed in accordance with RRS Appendix H.
Attention is drawn to Fundamental Rule 1.2

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.

17.1 Medals and prize money shall be awarded to the place getters within the mens division (A) according to the following scale: 30 >70 entries: 1st - 8th shall be awarded ; 71>90 entries and prize money will be split 1st -12th ; over 91 entries and prize money will be split 1st - 16th .
17.2 Medals and prize money shall be awarded to the place getters within the womens division (B) according to the following scale. Less than 5 entries: no division. 5 - 10 entries 1st - 3rd. 10 - 30 entries: 1st - 5th shall be awarded. Over 30 entries: 1st - 8th shall be awarded.
17.3 Medals will be awarded to the place getters within the Youth (C) and Masters (G) divisions according to the following scale : less than 3 entries: no division. 3-5 entries: 1st place only. 5 - 10 entries 1st - 3rd. 10 - 30 entries: 1st - 5th shall be awarded. Over 30 entries: 1st - 8th shall be awarded.
17.4 The FWWC carries a prize fund of $25000 AUD$.
17.5 The first Man in the Division A will be known as the Formula Windsurfing 2005 World (Male) Champion.
17.6 The first Woman in the Division B will be known as the Formula Windsurfing 2005 World (Female) Champion.

Competitors participate in the championships entirely at their own risk. See RRS 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.

All entrants competing in the Sail Melbourne 2005 Formula Windsurfing World 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.

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.

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.

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


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

Any amendment to this Notice of Race will be posted on the Sail Melbourne web site: no later than 1st October 2005.

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

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: or by contacting the Sail Melbourne Office:

Further accommodation and tourism formation can be found on Tourism Victoria's website

Elwood Sailing Club:
International competitors equipment may be stored at Elwood Sailing Club for the duration of the championship.
Equipment may be stored at the Elwood Sailing Club prior to the champoiopmnship only by prior agreement / arrangement with the club secretary at Further information on this will be posted to the Sail Melbourne Website at

Equipment transfers:
Sail Melbourne offers to provide assistance for International competitors transporting their equipment from and to the Melbourne Internationalk Airport (Tullamarine). All sailors seeking assistance must conatct the Sail Melbourne office by November 15th 2005 to guarantee assistance where possible.

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

Join the discussion

KOOTS | 12th December 2005 (22:25:16)


bry | 13th December 2005 (00:31:00)


Today it wasn?t quite as sunny as usual. There was a little cloud cover and a very strong off shore breeze. This was blowing the hot air out off the desert so it was really warm out. I got on the water early to test and tune with Gonzalo and it turned out to be a lot windier than it looked. A little ways out and up to the right it was blowing about a good 25-35knots. In the really strong gusts it was quite a struggle on the 10.0 making things pretty exciting and kind of funny as we would watch each other blow up in some gusts. Antoine also was doing some runs on his big 10.7 showing us all the monster that he is? Micah and Seth were also out tuning up their 10.0?s in those hairy conditions. Most everyone else was taking the day off to relax and register their gear. Gonzo and I called it a day early as well so we wouldn?t exhaust ourselves to much the day before competition begins. If we get conditions like this during the event it will certainly be some pretty crazy racing. The forecast tomorrow is calling for the normal seabreeze from the left slightly onshore. So hopefully we will get some nice racing in. So check back tomorrow as the action begins at the 2005 Formula Windsurfing World Championships?..

Dave K | 13th December 2005 (02:28:57)

Barry says that racing will start soon. Is the fleet split into 4 sub groups and doing round robins?

When do the reports come?

Chris | 13th December 2005 (06:03:37)

Would like to see a live ticker like the Euro Cup has, webcam and the idea of GPS racing as being the format for (at least) major events like world championships. It may require the skills of dedicated persons in each country but I am sure there are enough techno geeks who would love to hang out at the beach with girls in bikinis with a laptop in hand. :-)

Go the Aussies!!

Chris | 13th December 2005 (07:10:15)

DK | 13th December 2005 (08:23:14)

hey, why isn't there a list of entries for the worlds??

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