Posted : 12th of February 2008

Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival

USA, Banana River just off Kelly Park in Merritt Island, FL, 28 February - 02 March '08
February 28th - March 2nd, 2008 - (Racing for A Fleet - Friday-Sunday // Racing for Sport Fleet/Kids - Saturday-Sunday)



The Calema Midwinters 2008 is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28th - Sunday, March 2nd. Racing will be held in the Banana River just off Kelly Park in Merritt Island, FL - USA AGAIN for 2008 - Racing for the Pro's/A Fleet will be three days!! Sport Fleet, Workshop and Kid's Fleets will be on Sat./Sun only as in past years.

RULES: The Midwinters will be governed by the ISAF Rules and the rules of Formula Windsurfing (as of 1/1/08)-- with regard to the Pro & A Formula Fleets - the specified sail size limitations and the listing of approved production equipment. New Weight Divisions will be used if more than 5 competitors in a division. Go to As in past years - the Sport Formula Fleets allow for ANY production shortboard - but is still limited to One Board/3 Sails.

OVERVIEW: The Midwinters Festival will continue its tradition of bringing together World Cup Pros, Olympic class competitors, beginner sailors and all other levels of competitor. We will have classes for all skill levels and type of equipment - A Fleet / Sport Fleet / Workshop Fleet (learn to race) // and many Youth, Junior and Kids classes to choose from. We will have an inside course for the youngest and most novice kids. The more experienced kids choose between Sport or A Fleet which are sailed with the adults on an outside courses.

A FORMULA - PRO Men & PRO Women, Men, Women, Master's 35-54, Grandmasters 55+
SPORT FORMULA (all on a shorter outside course than A Fleet - racing on Sat/Sunday only)- Men, Women, Masters 35-54, Grandmasters 55-64, Seniors 65+, Kids Fun Time Racing 5.5 limit, Kids Fun Time Racing 7.5 limit, Formula Juniors U16 8.5 limit

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: We are asking all international competitors to bring a flag from their Country to be flown at the race site - suggested size approx. 1m x 1.5m Please let us know you will be bringing a flag so we prepare a place for it to be flown!

The Calema Midwinters is again participating in the US Windsurfing National Tour. We are the 2nd stop on the tour. Those racers participating in the tour must be members to receive ranking for the tour. A representative will be here if you need to update your membership. Non US competitors must bring proof of their country's membership to registration. All other US competitors are encouraged to join and help our sport to grow. US Windsurfing supports junior development, racing, instructor certifications and much more! When you check in at the event, we will refund $5 to all US Windsurfing members.

Top World Cup Pros will once again be in attendance - flying the colors of their sponsors. Take this chance to meet and chat with them and learn all the new ideas behind the 2009 gear.

AGAIN THIS YEAR - Racing for the A Fleet will begin on FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 29th (it's LEAP YEAR). We will have demo days from supporting manufacturers! Don't miss our Friday evening welcome party as well - some surprises are scheduled - as well as good food and entertainment.
HELP TO MAKE THE SPORT GROW!! -- You can do your part by bringing someone along to Learn to race & Skills Clinic. Invite someone NEW to the WORKSHOP FLEET. They get all the fun, food and parties AND instruction, and you get $10 off your entry! (Make a note under comments on BOTH of your registrations - we'll give the refund at check in! The WORKSHOP Learn to Race/Skills Fleet is designed for those windsurfers who are already directional and want a friendly introduction to the Art of Racing. They'll work on starts, roundings, and more. Lots of fun without any pressure. A separate course close to shore will allow them to practice their new found skills. Workshop participants must provide their own equipment or they can charter. Please call to confirm charter availability and types available for Workshop Fleet.

Midwinter Racer's Entry Fee includes: Thursday evening Welcome, Friday Demo Days activities, Friday night welcome party, Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunches, Saturday Night Banquet, Security on site - Thursday-Sunday, event shirt, entry into all raffles and lots of great memories. Entry fee for ALL A Fleet racers is $125. All other Fleets - entry fee is $98. All non-A Fleet JUNIORS/KIDS - entry fee is $88. The Midwinters non-racer entry fee - which includes all parties, meals, t-shirt and raffles the same as the Midwinters racers is $68. T-shirts will only be guaranteed to early registrants - so sign up today! Plus save yourself the Late fee of $15 (for all entries emailed or postmarked after 2/18/08) ONLY applies to the A and Sport Fleets. There are no late fees for the Workshop Fleet, or the Non-racer. Current US Windsurfing members will receive a $5 refund off their entry fee when they check in on site.

All sailors must carry unique sail numbers. Those registered with US Windsurfing should have their registered number displayed on all sails. Numbers must be a minimum of 10 in. height and displayed with numbers on the starboard side higher than on the port side. Alpha numeric numbers are preferred. Recommended are either country/numeric or state/numeric designations. TO ORDER SAIL NUMBERS -- You can place your order in advance. Orders for sail numbers will be accepted ONLY through 2/20/07 - so please order EARLY! We can have them shipped to you or have them waiting for you here at the event. Order online today! Cost for black 10 in. vinyl adhesive numbers is $3/single letter or number. Example: USA2 is $12

HOST HOTEL- is the OCEAN SUITES IN CAPE CANAVERAL -- Standard room - with either one King or 2 Queens - $79/night // Suite - same bedroom option with a living room - $89/night. All rooms come with a complimentary HOT breakfast each morning. Resort has a pool and jacuzzi, fitness center, arcade, business center, laundry facilities and fresh baked cookies 24hrs./day TO BOOK: Call the front desk (ask first for BRANDY CRAYTON and mention CALEMA MIDWINTERS) -- 321-784-8500.
Out of Country guests ONLY PLEASE - email her at
For help with all other travel arrangements or gear transportation - please contact our travel agent - Celeno West - at 800-231-7740 or email her at
WANT TO SHARE accomodations or rental cars? - please click here for TINHO's FORUM Under News-Events - Tinho will start a topic specifically for these requests BEGINNING 1/28/08 so you can connect
Area hotels w/reduced event rates --
COUNTRY INN & SUITES - CAPE CANAVERAL (closest to Kelly Park and HOST HOTEL) - call 321-784-8500.
$79 standard / $89 Suites -Out of Country guests ONLY PLEASE - email her at
DAYS INN - COCOA BEACH PIER - $99 Standard / $139 Efficiency -- 321-784-2550
BEST WESTERN COCOA BEACH - $114 courtyard / $145 Oceanfront & Suite -- 321-799-8640
HAMPTON INN COCOA BEACH - $119 - 321-799-4099

Security will be available on site starting Thursday evening and will continue through Sunday morning so equipment can stay on site throughout the event. Please DO NOT have equipment shipped to Calema without prior arrangements. NEW -- due to requests - We will have a PODS storage container on site from Feb. 15th through the event. For those coming early or having equipment shipped in prior to their arrival, please call Susie if you want to have your equipment stored in this container. CALL TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.

Our great sponsors for 2008 SO FAR: Brevard County Parks & Recreation // Windsurfing Magazine // Windsport Magazine // Albert Ferrer, D.C. // Fanatic // Exocet // Windgear Direct // Space Coast office of Tourism // DaKine

Schedule will be updated periodically - please continue to check!

Thursday, February 28th - DAY - Equipment check for Formula and Formula Exp.
4-7pm Check In/Late Registration for Participants & Evening Welcome Party for ALL at CALEMA's shop.
7:30 PM Skippers meeting for A fleet MANDATORY
All A FLEET Competitors MUST CHECK IN by 8:00pm 2/28/08 EVEN if pre-registered!

Friday, February 29th -- 10:00am - First A Fleet Race
11:00am -- Demo Days of Sponsors Products
6:00-8:00pm Check In/Late Registration for Participants & Evening Welcome Party for ALL - Kelly Park

Saturday, March 1st
8-9:30am - Last Registration & Check In @ Kelly Park (Sport/Workshop/LTW/Non-Racers)
10:00am - First A Fleet Race
10:00am - Skipper's Meeting for ALL OTHER FLEETS
11:00am - First race for all other fleets
6:30pm - Banquet - RADISSON RESORT AT THE PORT (just near the Host Hotel - Country Inn & Suites)

Sunday,March 2nd -- Racing all day

4:30pm - Latest start of Awards Ceremony.


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