Posted : 16th of February 2009

2009 IWA South American Windsurfing Championships

Argentina, Potrerillos, Mendoza, 20-24 March '09
2009 IWA South American Windsurfing Championships
Potrerillos, Mendoza, Argentina 20th to 24th March 2009
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event

1.1 The 2009 IWA South American Windsurfing Championship will be held from Friday 20th March to Tuesday 24th March 2009.
1.2 The Event includes the South American Championships for: the International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC), the International Raceboard Class (IRC) and the Techno 293 Class Association (T293).

2.1 The Championships will be organised by the Asociacion Mendocina de Windsurf (AMW) for and on behalf of, and under specified conditions laid down by, the IFWC, IRC & T293, in co-operation with the International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the Federacion Argentina de Yachting (FAY).
2.2 The event is organised in conjunction with the Federacion Argentina de Windsurf.

3.1 The event will be based at the AMW in the Lake Potrerillos – Mendoza.
3.2 Conditions to be expected – winds aprox 10 to 25 knots ; water temperature aprox 170 C; air temperature aprox 120 to 280.

4.1 This is an IWA sanctioned event governed by:
4.1.1 The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), including Appendix B – Windsurfing Competition Rules;
4.1.2 The Class Rules and Championship Rules of the participating classes.
4.2 If there is a conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions (SI’s), the SI’s shall take precedence.
4.3 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

5.1 ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code - shall apply.
5.2 Competitors may be required to carry advertising for event sponsors – both on their sails, and on a lycra vest if supplied by the organiser.

6.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of ISAF Regulation 19 - Eligibility Code.
6.2 Competitors shall be members of the relevant national class association, or of the relevant International Class Association. National Associations shall be paid up members of the IWA, which is empowered by the International class to collect any fees due.
6.3 Membership formalities can be completed on site.
6.4 Entries shall be made on site - see Schedule.
Competitors shall provide the following documentation prior to completing registration formalities on site:
- Original Entry Form (Form 1)
- Evidence of valid third party insurance
- Proof of age
- Parental/legal Guardian Assent (Form 2) - for those under age of 18
- Medical Treatment Permission (Form 3) - for those under age of 18 or on their parents medical insurance policy

7.1 The Entry Fee shall be U$ 120 and shall be paid at registration starting at 15.00hrs. on Friday the 20th of March until 11.00hrs on Saturday the 20th of March. If a Parent registers for Raceboard or Formula, with a son or daughter also on the Techno 293, there will be 50% discount.
7.2 Entries shall be made in cash only.

8.1.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline event for men and women of divisions A & B.
8.1.2 There may be separate prizes/titles for youth, masters and lightweight men.
8.2.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline event for men and women of divisions A & B.
8.2.2 There may be prizes/titles for youth, masters.
8.2.3 There may be separate prizes for RSX division.
8.3.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline event for boys and girls of division D.
8.3.2 There may be separate Prizes for competitors in division E.
8.4.1 Men and women, boys and girls, and age divisions, may race together depending on entry numbers.
8.4.2 IRC/T293 class shall race a maximum of 2 races on the first day, and no more than 3 races per day on the following days, in a series of a maximum of 11 races.
8.4.3 IFWC class shall race a maximum of 2 races on the first day, and no more than 4 races per day on the following days, in a series of a maximum of 14 races.
8.4.4 A minimum of 3 races shall be held for a valid Championship in all classes.
8.5.1 A competitor must have reached the minimum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2008.
8.5.2 A competitor must not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2009.
8.5.3 A Minim (E) shall be under the age of 15. (Born in or after 1995 and not later than 1998)
8.5.4 A Junior (D) shall be under the age of 17. (Born in or after 1993 and not later than 1997)
8.5.5 A Youth (C) shall be under the age of 20. (Born in or after 1990 and not later than 1996)
8.5.6 A Master (G) is a man who has reached the age of 35 (1973>) or for a woman, 30 (1978>).
8.5.7 A Grand Master (H) is a man who has reached the age of 45 (1963>) or for a woman 40 (1968>).
8.5.8 A Veteran (I) is a man who has reached the age of 55 (1953>) or for a woman 50 (1958>).

9.1 Event Schedule
Friday 20-3 15.00 hs Arrival and registration
Saturday 21-3 11.00 hs Closing registration time
..........................12.00 hs Skippers meeting
..........................13.00 hs First possible start for all classes
Sunday 22-3 11.00 hs First possible start for all classes
Monday 23-3 11.00 hs First possible start for all classes
Tuesday 24-3 11.00 hs First possible start for all classes
..........................16.00 hs Last possible start
..........................18.00 hs Prize giving and award ceremony

9.2 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1055 hrs.
9.3 The warning signal for the last race of each day shall not be made within 60 minutes of the official sunset time.

10.1 It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that his/her board and equipment conforms to its Class Rules, and an Equipment Inspection Form is returned to the Event Equipment Inspector before the start of competition.
10.2 Equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
10.3 Competitors shall bring their own equipment.

11.1 The 'Championship SIs' will be available at registration, as will the Event Programme scheduling social events.
11.2 Alterations to the SIs shall be approved by the Class Representative.

12.1 Courses shall be as prescribed in the Sailing Instructions.

13.1 An independent protest committee will be appointed.

14.1 Scoring will be in accordance with RRS Appendix B, and using the “Low Points Scoring System.”
14.2 The discard profile applied to the FSAC shall be as specified in the 2009 FW Championship Rules.

15.1 Enquiries should be sent to the organiser at -

16.1 On completion of registration and continuing until the end of the regatta, when ashore (other than when launching and retrieving), all equipment shall be kept in their assigned places at the race site.
16.2 Unless otherwise directed by the organiser, all competing boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at the race site.

17.1 Medals or trophies shall be awarded to the first three competitors in each Class / Division depending on entry numbers. Categories to be awarded in each properly constituted division will be posted on the official notice board after the close of registration.
17.2 The first Under 17 boy and girl in TSAC shall be known as the Techno 293 South American Champion.
17.3 The first man and woman in RSAC shall be known as the Raceboard South American Champion.
17.4 The first man and woman in FSAC shall be known as the Formula Windsurfing South American Champion.
17.5 Continental titles shall only be awarded to competitors from South American countries.

18.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed every competitor and support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket harness or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg un-inflated 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.
18.2 Personal buoyancy is mandatory for all competitors.

19.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The AMW, IWA, T293, IRC and 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.
19.2 Participation in this event, and in each race in them, is at the sole discretion of the sailor and at his/her own risk. Notice is drawn to RRS 4.

IWA S American Windsurfing Championships – Argentina – 20-24 March 2009 Notice of Race p4 of 4
20.1 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance.
20.2 Coach and support boat drivers shall also have a valid third party liability insurance.

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.

22.1 Attendance at the Opening Ceremony, Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony is mandatory.
22.2 The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry to those whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.

Clean water regulation: Any competitor that is seen by the organizer throwing trash in the water, could be disqualified from the races of the day.

Accommodation information: Please contact Claudia Romero at -
For flights and transport please contact: Claudia Romero at -
The organisers will arrange transport to and from Mendoza city to Lake Potrerillos during the competition.
The organisers will also arrange transfers to and from Mendoza airport for competitors and equipment.

Join the discussion

Wilhelm Schurmann | 19th March 2009 (00:24:34)

Hi, first day of training today, sunny and 10-15 knots.
Gonzalo and mathias on 11, myself and Andres Sasso on 10.7 and a few other friends out there as well on 11s. Speed seem to be similar on the training, what will make the big difference is reading the shifts and gusts here, also super flat water.
Most of the sailors arriving between tonight and tomorrow from all over Argentina, specially Buenos Aires, and from south american there are the sailors from Chile, Peru, colombia and more brazilians.

Wilhelm Schurmann | 20th March 2009 (02:36:56)

The report seems a bit confused, but it's because it's two separate report. cheers,

Wilhelm Schurmann | 20th March 2009 (02:38:31)

This would be the second report:
Lots of sailors arrived today, we had a press conference in the morning and soon after headed to Potrerillos lake for a perfect training day.
Winds got close to 20 on the strongest gust and averaged 15.

Andy | 21st March 2009 (22:26:32)

It seems that a lot of racers gives a s... on the new sailnumber and advertising rules, or?
We can see the newest sails with numbers according to the old rules.
Even some Pro´s, which should be able to effort correct stickers are not taking care about.
What will happen at the first races in Europe, when riders appear with incorrect numbers?
Will this be really controlled by the racedirectors?
Will it be like in the past, some RD´s take care and others are not interested?
What will happen to competitors with incorrect number? DSQ?
What are competitors with old sails doing? New stickers?
For what are this rules?
To fill the accounts of the folia & sticker producers?
A printed sticker is 5times more expensive than a plotted one.
The better visibility of the number can´t be the reason because if you check the pics of the actual event.
The numbers in old version are more visible, than the numbers according to the 2009-2012 rules.
We are competing in windsurfing since 25 years and never was a problem with the sail numbers, why to change the running system?

Racers who are following the new rules and investing in expensive stickers will have a monetary disadvantage.
Rookies and young riders can´t effort more costs, especially in this times....

The same point we got with the advertising in sails.
It looks for me that there is 2 different worlds.
The "officials" world and the "riders" world.
A lot of points to discuss or not?

Anonym | 22nd March 2009 (00:07:35)

in formula class seems that some racers do nor care regarding they numbers, even official rules states very clearly what should be. in olympic sailing, there even not be a discussion and sailors not having sail numbers according to rules would be dsq.

andy | 22nd March 2009 (12:21:10)

I think most of the olympic sailors are supported by their national associations and their clubs.
This includes entry fees, accomodation, travel costs, the stuff and sailnumbers too.
Formula class racers are not well supported because of the missing interest from their national sailing federation.
Nearly every racer got to pay his costs by its own.
I´m not really pointing on the costs but the sailing classes (RS-X) have more "sugar daddys".

ceri | 22nd March 2009 (12:58:37)

my view is that clear sail numbers are the priority for the race directors . this is fair to all competitors. I do not think it reasonable for a sailor with perfectly good numbers (according to old rules _ on sails used last year ) to be forced to remove them and put on the new system. So some flexibility is required this year. However , if a sailor is needing to apply numbers to a new sail it should be the new rules - that is why the information has been published. Unfortunately , in the past , some sailors refuse to apply legible sail numbers, on both sides ; so this was an opportunity to try and rationalise , and publish, a rule that everyone can comply with.
Back to back also takes less space on the sail ( more space for sailors sponsors )and is simple to understand regarding positioning.

Anonym | 22nd March 2009 (21:07:33)

the sail number cost is not the argument. first, it for the judges to make good scoring. i believe everyones interest is have accurate scores in short time. second, those are rules for everyone. the same as 1 m wide FW board. if rules as decided, then everyone should respect them. third, cost argument is very weak, for example comparing to 1,400 USD fins today. if there is no money for sail numbers, please do not sail formula class.

ceri | 22nd March 2009 (21:28:37)

as i said at the start - "clear sail numbers are the priority for the race directors " - not cost.
You cannot try to compare sail numbers with other equipment rules!
Are you the kind of sailor that wants to win in the jury room rather than on the water ?

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