Posted : 15th of May 2007

2008 Oceanic & Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships

Australia, Redcliffe, Brisbane, 22-25 January '08
1. Event
1.1 The 2008 OCEANIC & AUSTRALIAN FORMULA WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS will be held from Tuesday, January 22nd to Friday, January 25th 2008 at Redcliffe, Brisbane, QLD Australia.
1.2 The event is a Level 1 Formula Windsurfing World Ranking event.

2. Organiser
2.1 The Championships will be organised by WINDSURFING QLD as the Local Organising Authority (LOA) for and on behalf of, and under specified conditions laid down by the AWA, and the IFWC.
2.2 The event is sponsored by Redcliffe City Council.

3. Venue
3.1 The event will be based at Suttons Beach Redcliffe, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Suttons Beach is 22km north of Brisbane International Airport, the nearest international airport.
3.2 Conditions to be expected - winds on-shore and side-onshore 10 – 25 knots; water temperature 250C; air temperature 25 – 350C.

4. Rules
4.1 This is an IFWC 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 closing ceremony, 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 & Entry
5.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19 - Eligibility Code.
5.2 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance.
5.3 Competitors shall be a member of an Australian Windsurfing Club / State Association, or a National FW Association in their respective country, or of the IFWC. National Associations shall be paid up members of the IWA. Membership formalities can be completed on site during registration.

6. Classes & Divisions
6.1 Gender Divisions:
6.1.1 The Championship is a single discipline event for Men (A) and Women (B);
6.1.2 Women shall race with the Men’s fleet.
6.2 Age Divisions:
6.2.1 A Youth is a man or woman who is less than 20 years of age
6.2.2 A Master is a man who has reached the age of 35 or a woman who has reached the age of 30
6.2.3 A Grand Master is a man who has reached the age of 45 or a woman who has reached the age of 40.
6.2.4 A competitor shall have reached the minimum age in the relevant division by Dec 31st 2007.
6.2.5 A competitor shall not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec 31st 2008.
6.3 Weight Divisions (Men):
6.3.1 A Lightweight shall be lighter than 75kgs and may be weighed before, during and after the event.

7. Race Format
7.1 There shall be a maximum of 4 races per day. The maximum number of races in the series is 15. event contact: Sean O’Brien :: Brisbane, Australia :: :: e-mail: voIP (skype): SeanAUS120 :: mobile: 0402 467 857 :: int: + 61 402 467 857 :: [2]
7.2 A minimum of one (1) race is required for a valid Championship.

8. Schedule
Sun/Mon Jan 20/ 21st Arrival & Training
Tuesday Jan 22nd 0900 – 1300 hrs
1300 hrs
Skippers meeting
1330 hrs First possible start
Wed/Thurs Jan 23/24th 1200 hrs Skippers meeting
1230 hrs Racing
Friday Jan 25th 1200 hrs Skippers Meeting
1230 hrs Racing
1700 hrs Last possible start
2000 hrs Prize Giving Ceremony / dinner & party
Saturday Jan 26th Departures

9. Equipment & Inspection
9.1 All competitors shall bring their own equipment.
9.2 It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that his/her board and equipment conforms to the Class
9.3 Equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
9.4 The equipment inspectors will pay special attention to sail identification rule compliance. National letters & sail numbers shall be placed on both sides of the sail and in a colour that contrasts 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.

10. Sailing Instructions (SIs)/ Event Programme The sailing instructions will be available at registration, as will the Event Programme scheduling social functions.

11. Venue
Suttons Beach, Marine Parade, Redcliffe - UBD: 92 B7.

12. Courses
Courses shall be as prescribed 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 Notice Board not later than 30 minutes before the start of a race.

13. Scoring
The RRS –WCR low points scoring system shall apply.

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

15. Radio Communications
A sailor shall neither make radio transmission while racing nor receive radio communication not available to all sailors. This restriction also applies to mobile telephone communications.

16. Coaches & Support Boats
16.1 Coaches are required to complete registration as per competitors.
16.2 Coach boats may support competitors. If you propose to bring your own, please advise the local organisers in advance.
16.3 Coaches and support crew shall wear buoyancy at all times whilst afloat. event contact: Sean O’Brien :: Brisbane, Australia :: :: e-mail: voIP (skype): SeanAUS120 :: mobile: 0402 467 857 :: int: + 61 402 467 857 :: [3]
16.4 Coach boats shall keep 100m clear of the course area during racing except when asked to assist by the Race Committee.

17. Personal Buoyancy
All sailors 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. It is recommended to be at least a Type 2 PFD under Australian Standards of Safety Equipment. 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.

18. Disclaimer of Liability
Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. See RRS rule 4, Decision to race. Windsurfing QLD, AWA IFWC and sponsors, their officers, members, servants, agents or representatives accept no liability for material damage, personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the championship.

19. Insurance
All entrants competing in the 2008 Oceanic & Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships shall have thirdparty liability insurance cover of not less than AUD $1,000,000 or equivalent thereof in any currency for any accident. All coaches/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.

20. 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 sponsors’ advertising on their sails. The stickers may not be cut or trimmed in any way.

21. Medals and Prizes
21.1 Medals or trophies may be awarded up to the first three place getters within the mens Division A, Youth, Masters, Grand Masters, Lightweights depending on entry numbers.
21.2 Medals or trophies may be awarded up to the first three place getters within the womens Division B depending on entry numbers.
21.3 The first Australian male in Division A shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing 2008 Australian (male) Champion; The first Australian female in the Division B shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing 2008 Australian (female) Champion;
21.4 The first Oceania male in Division A shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing 2008 Oceanic (male) Champion; The first Oceania female in Division B shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing 2008 Oceanic (female) Champion;

22. Drug Testing
Competitors are reminded of the ISAF rules and regulations concerning the use of banned methods and substances.

23. Television and Media
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.

24. Dress Code
event contact: Sean O’Brien :: Brisbane, Australia :: :: e-mail: voIP (skype): SeanAUS120 :: mobile: 0402 467 857 :: int: + 61 402 467 857 :: [4]
24.1 Smart casual clothes shall be worn for the Prize Giving Ceremony.
24.2 The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.

25. 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 suburbs. More information about accommodation for the event will be updated on the FW-Australia website:

26. Air Travel/ Transportation/ Transfers
26.1 Brisbane has both an International and Domestic Airport, approximately 22km south of the race site.
26.2 Windsurfing QLD will arrange transport to and from the airport for equipment, competitors and support personnel free of charge. It would assist the organiser if the competitors, requiring this service, could advise their flight details at least a week prior to the first day of the event.

27. Registration
27.1 The registration office during the regatta will be situated at the beach, adjacent to the race area.
For more local information before the regatta and to make enquiries please contact:
Sean O’Brien mobile: +61 (0)402 467 857
E-mail: - URL:
27.2 Competitors will be required to produce the following information at registration.
• Equipment Registration Form
• Regatta entry fee or confirmation details of payment
• Proof of current third-party insurance
• Proof of age
• Sailors under 18 years - Parental/legal Guardian Assent Form

28. Entries & Payment
28.1 Competitors are encouraged to pre-enter in advance electronically through the FW-Australia website at:
28.2 The entry fees are as stated on the entry form (Form 1).
28.3 Entry fees paid on site shall be made in cash in AUD$ only.

29. Amendments
Any amendments to this Notice of Race will be posted on the FW-Australia website no later than 1 December 2007.
Additional files :
NoticeOfRace.pdf (54.6 KB)

Join the discussion

Anonym | 7th December 2007 (13:58:04)


SeanAUS120 | 13th December 2007 (06:29:04)

Well, we have some different ideas for this event in the interest of growing the class; prizemoney doesn't really fit our ideas in this case.

We're doing what we can here in Australia to promote the class from the grassroots level and buildup the next generation of Pro Sailors. We are even including a division for new-comers into the class who can sail 1 lap but still start in the same race as the good sailors. Its been a very popular new division here in Sydney.

Don't get me wrong, I like prizemoney, but I think its better if we save that for the pro tour. There needs to be more feeder events like this to get people to that level and I don't believe prizemoney helps with that.

Sailors won't go home empty handed however as there will be mobile phones, trophies, gear bags and other merchandise as prizes.

Even without the money we've attracted some of the big names in FW... Hope you guys all checkout the event!

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