Posted : 22nd of June 2006

Hood River, 2006 Formula Windsurfing North American Championships

USA, Hood River, Oregon, 13-16 July '06
1. Event
1.1 The 2006 HOOD RIVER FORMULA NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS and the USW NATIONAL RACE TOUR will be held from Thursday July 13th, to Sunday July 16th 2006, in Hood River, Oregon.
1.2 The Event is a Qualification Regatta, in the Men's Division, for the 2006 Formula Windsurfing World Championships. A total of 5 qualification places are allocated to North American competitors in the North American Championships. The event is also a Level 1 Formula Windsurfing World Ranking event.

2. Organizer
2.1 The Championships will be organized by VMG Events as the Local Organizing Authority (LOA) for and on behalf of, and under specified conditions laid down by the IFWC, IWA and the ISAF.
2.2 The event is sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association.

3. Venue
3.1 The event will be based at the Event Site in Hood River, Oregon.
3.2 Hood River is 60 miles from Portland, the nearest international airport.
3.2 Conditions to be expected - winds 10 to 25; water temperature 72f; air temperature 75f to 100f

4. Rules
4.1 This is an ISAF sanctioned event governed by:
4.1.1 The 2005/2008 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), and Appendix B - Windsurfing;
4.1.2 The IFWC Class Rules & Championship Rules;
4.1.3 This Notice of Race (NoR) & the Sailing Instructions (SIs).
4.1.4 Alterations to the SIs must be approved by the Class's Race Supervisor.
4.2 Competitors shall attend the opening & closing ceremonies, including the dinner and prize giving.
4.3 The IFWC is a category 'C' class as set out in ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code.

5. Eligibility & Discipline
5.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19 - Eligibility Code.
5.2 A minimum of 3 races is required for a valid Championship.
5.3 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance.
5.4 Competitors shall be a member of a National FW Association, or of the IFWC. National Associations shall be paid up members of the IWA, which is empowered by the class to collect any fees due.
5.5 Membership formalities can be completed on site.

6. Classes
6.1 Formula Windsurfing North American Championship (FWNAC)
6.1.1 The series shall be a single discipline 'Open Entry' event for men and women in Divisions A and B;
6.1.2 There shall be a maximum of 5 races per day. The maximum number of races in the series is 15.
6.2 Masters men shall race with Division A.
6.3 Youth men may race with Division A or separately, depending upon the number of entries.

7. Divisions
7.1 Gender: Men (A); Women (B).
7.2 Age:
7.2.1 A youth shall be under the age of 20 (born in or after 1987 and not later than 1994)
7.2.2 A Master is a man who has reached the age of 35 (1970>) or a woman who has reached the age of 30 (1975>)
7.2.3 A competitor shall have reached the minimum age, in the relevant division, by Dec.31st 2005.
7.2.4 A competitor shall not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec 31st 2006.
7.3 Weight:
7.3.1 Lightweight - a sailor who weighs less than 75kg.
7.3.2 Heavyweight - a sailor who weighs more than 75kg.
7.4 A minimum of 5 entries is required to constitute a division within a fleet.

8. Equipment
8.1 All competitors shall bring their own equipment.

9. Equipment Inspection
9.1 It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that his/her board and equipment conforms to the Class Rules.
9.2 The equipment inspectors will pay special attention to sail identification rule compliance.
9.3 Equipment checks may be made throughout the event.

10. Sail Insignias
10.1 National letters & sail numbers shall be in a colour that contrasts strongly with the body of the sail; placed immediately above the event advertising; and positioned according to RRS App. G. Alternatively sail insignias may be placed back to back on a white background. All Sails shall otherwise comply with the national letter system according to the RRS 77 and App. G.

11. Buoyancy
11.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed, each competitor & support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket, harness, or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg uninflated, in fresh water. The buoyancy shall be
tested with a ferrous metal weight of 4kg., which shall remain supported for a minimum of 5 minutes.

12. Liability
12.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The LOA, IFWC or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives are not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury either ashore or on the water either to persons or equipment, which may result. Participation in this event, supporting events and in each race in them is at the sole discretion of the sailor and at his/her own risk.

13. Courses
13.1 Courses shall be as prescribed in the IFWC Championship Rules or in the Sailing Instructions.

14. Scoring
14.1 The RRS low points scoring system shall apply.

15. Jury
15.1 A Jury will be appointed in accordance with the RRS 70.4. Their decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.

16. Sailing Instructions (Si)
16.1 The 'Championship SIs' will be available at registration

17. Coaches
17.1 Coaches are required to notify the Race Committee if they will be supporting competitors.
17.3 Coaches shall wear buoyancy aids when the "Y" flag is flown.

18. Schedule
Thursday July 13th - registration, training
Friday July 14th - Skippers meeting 10 am, racing
Saturday July 15th - Skippers Meeting 10 am, racing
Sunday July 16th - Skippers Meeting 10 am, racing, last possible start 4 pm, dinner and prize giving 7 pm

19. Medals and Prizes
19.1 Medals or trophies may be awarded up to the first three competitors in the Championship, including Youth and Masters, Light and Heavy, depending on entry numbers. Prize categories and the actual number of prizes to be awarded in each properly constituted division will be posted on the official notice board after the close of registration.
19.2 The first North American man/ woman in the FWNAC shall be known as the Formula North American Champion.
19.3 The first North American youth in the FWNAC shall be known as the Formula Youth North American Champion.
19.4 The first North American master in the FWNAC shall be known as the Formula Masters North American Champion.

20. Drug Testing
20.1 Competitors are reminded of the ISAF rules and regulations concerning the use of banned methods and substances. Drug testing may take place during the event.

21. Television and Media
21.1 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 Championship as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.

22. Bibs/ Vests & Competitors Sail Branding.
22.1 During racing, competitors may be required by the organizers to wear bibs/vests carrying the event sponsors' branding; and carry the event sponsor's advertising on their sails. The maximum size of the event-advertising sticker is 600mmX1000mm. The stickers may not be cut or trimmed in any way.

23. Dress Code
23.1 Smart casual clothes shall be worn for the Dinner and Prize Giving.
23.2 The organizers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.

24. Accommodation
24.1 Accommodations in Hood River and the Gorge are plentiful and varied. Information is available on the following websites:

Best Western Hood River Inn www.hoodriverinn.com 1-800-828-7873
Hood River Vacation Rentals www.hrvacations.com 1-877-260-2519

Gorge Central Vacation Rentals www.gorgeres.com 1-877-386-6109
The Bingen School Inn (Hostel) http://www.bsi-cgoc.com/
Gorge Networks ISP Lodging Page www.gorge.net/lodging.htm

Hood River County Chamber of Commerce www.hoodriver.org
Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association http://business.gorge.net/crgva
Skamania County Chamber of Commerce www.skamania.org

Camping
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Campgrounds http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/campgrounds/
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/camp.htm
Gorge.net Campground Directory http://www.gorge.net/business/camping.htm

25. Air Travel/ Transportation
25.1 The nearest Airport is Portland International (1 hour by car). Airport transfers are available through Blue Star Transportation 800-247-2272 or www.bluestarbus.com. Discounted Rental Cars are available through Enterprise Rent-a-Car. If you are making a reservation online, use the link at www.vmgevents.com. If you wish to reserve your car by phone call toll free 800-593-0505 and using the VMG Events code.


26. Registration
26.1 Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Go to www.vmgevents.com/fe/register.htm to register online.

On-site registration will take place on Thursday, July 13 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Hood River Event Site.

Competitors may pre-register online or by sending an official entry form with their entry fees of $100 USD by July 1, 2006. All entries received after this date will be charged an additional late entry fee of $25 USD. All on site payments will be in US Dollars.

27. Payment
Pre-registration entry fees and charter fees are payable through PayPal at www.paypal.com. Money should be sent to account: vmgevents@earthlink.net in US Dollars. You have the choice of funds transfer from a bank account, Visa or MasterCard. If you have any questions or problems using this payment service, please contact VMG Events at vmgevents@earthlink.net. You may also mail your registration and entry fees to the address below.

28. Contact Information

VMG Events
Scotia Bauer, Race Director, vmgevents@earthlink.net, 541-806-5137
Darren Rogers, Principal Race Officer, drogers@gorge.net, 541-490-7137
Mail: 510 Cascade Street, Suite 100, Hood River, OR 97031
Fax: 541-610-1804
Web: www.vmgevents.com
PayPal User id: vmgevents@earthlink.net

International Windsurfing Association
Web: http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/

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