Speed World Cup

The 2009 edition of the ISWC Speedworldcup Rulebook is online, and we want to draw your attention on the most important changes.

1. We are using the same base factors for the events (factor 3 for worlds, factor 2 for continentals and factor 1 for national events). 

For prizemoney events a factor of 1.0 is added, as well as for events with provisional timing and information about the current standing for riders and spectators. If both conditions apply, a factor of 1.5 is added. This shall encourage organizers to put price money and/or to invest in infrastructure and better services for the competitors, but also enables us to discover new venues with changing wind directions, where traditional land-based timing is not possible.

2. We have introduced a minimum participation level for national events of 10 competitors to be included in the world ranking.

3. The maximum number of competitors in world and continental championship events is 60 on a 500m course and 45 on a 250m course. 
This is to ensure better conditions for the sailors on high class events. The seeding will be based on the current world ranking.

4. The following riders are qualified by default for major events: top
5 worlds, top 5 production worlds, continental champions, plus top 5 from the current GPSSS 500m ranking.

5. Due to this limitation of starting slots the fines for no-shows have been changed. the default fine for a no-show is 50 Euro, for the top 20/6 (men/women) it is 100 Euro, for the top 10/4 it is 200 Euro, and for the top 5/2 it is 400 Euro. It is so easy to inform us in time that you cannot participate and then we can give your starting slot to another interested competitor. Please be fair !

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South American Windsurfing Championships

A very hot day at the Potrerillos lake, temperature soared and a big crowd of people came down for the last day of the event, especially since today was a holiday in town.

There was a long protest hearing during the morning due to the drop of wind on the second race of yesterday (sixth race). I think some sailors where asking for an average points for getting stuck with no wind which altered the race a lot. The Protest comittee decided to invalidate the sixth race…

The wind came in around 1pm and we set out for one race with around 12-15 knots. Pin end favored Gonzalo started right there with myself just behind and Paulao close.

Paulo was a bit behind when he tacked and got a good shift on the right side of the course, Gonza and I tacked a few times to stay on the shifts, but it was Paulao that rounded in first the upwind mark followed by Gonzalo who went to jibe right at the mark but hit his boom on the mark trying to clear a raceboard racer, and with this his sail fell in the water, I was close and sneaked in second.

On the downwind mark I rounded in first and kept the lead until the end, Paulo was in second, but Gonzalo overtook him on the last downwind slalom to the finish as Paulao got a light wind spot and Gonzalo came flying down on a gust to take second and Paulo third, Marcos Murgio finished in fourth with Marcos Galvan in fifth.

We went for a second race, I was leading this race until the last slalom course to the finish, then the wind just stopped, Gonza came on a gust and overtook me, he was going to win the race, but it was canceled as the light spot was on a big area of the course and everyone was just floating around.

So this was it for the South Americans. I have to run to the airport to catch my flight. Thanks to all the people from Mendoza and organizer for putting up a great event.

Words by Wilhelm Schurmann

International Funboard Class

The IFCA championship calendar for 2009 is complete. The final Notice of Race for this year's series of major championship events has been published today - the Junior, Youth & Master Slalom European Championship.

This event takes place from 11th to 16th August at Schoenberger Strand, Kiel, Germany.

The IFCA management committee have focused on developing young talent in all disciplines, without conceding the importance of their showpiece championship, ie the Slalom World Championship.

Full details of all events can be found on the IFCA website:

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