|FW And IFCA Rules for 2001
In the last WebNews, No.6. we gave you the new rules which according to ISAF rules, come into effect on the 1st March, 2001. We have already informed ISAF in July that we required an increase in the width rule and this is in effect now. The Footstrap rule is a clarification of what has been allowed within our rules for many years.
That's it boys! Max 70cm Fins!?
FW only: You will note that there are some rules which apply to the FW class only. Firstly, the limitation on the length of the skeg/fin to a maximum of 700mm. As this does not apply to Funboards and the PWA, development can continue. Likewise, the number of skegs is not limited in Funboard racing.
Finally, and most importantly, the FW final Registration day is the 1st March each year. That means that boards registered after that date cannot take part in FW Championships. Some national associations already require equipment to be registered before the first race of the season, so this is not as new idea. National Federations do not want to support a class, and that means buying equipment, if their sailors are going to find themselves on out of date equipment half way through the season. We are sorry that this date may not work so well for countries whose season starts late in the year, but the principle can still be applied.
As this rule may come as a bit of a surprise to some of you, we may suggest to the FW Class committee that they are a little lenient on the 1st March deadline in 2001 only. For very special reasons, connected with our Olympic campaign, the rules were relaxed at the Thailand Championships. The event was a demonstration of what the latest boards can do, and it was noted that the FW boards were planing when the Siam Cup IMCO boards were pumping!
Now, let us get down to some hard work and design, produce and register good boards for next year.
FALSE DECLARATIONS: Please note, warnings have gone out to two Auditors that if they do not do their job properly, their declarations will be declared invalid and the board registration will be refused. That means a new auditor must be found and the declaration made again after the proper checks of shipping documents and invoices are carried out.
The date set for this, the fourth ISAF Manufacturers meeting is 14.00 hrs, Monday, 22nd January 2001 at BOOT. The major Sailmakers will also be invited to participate at this very important annual get together. The future of windsurfing is in the melting pot at this time. FW has resulted in much more racing in 2000 than ever before, reversing the previous trend. Sponsors and organisers are guaranteed racing at every event as opposed to the old 11 knot wind starting rule which resulted in many events without results. The Funboard Class also races to the FW windspeed rules, so everyone benefits.
2001 FUNBOARD AND FW MEASUREMENT RULES
If you want to read the 2000 rules, look at the IFCA website and click on 'ISAF Funboard Racing Rules(including FW). Then look down the list of sections till you get to U1 and U2. You should be able to print or save them. These new rules amend the old ones whose rule number we quote here.
4.2. HULL: LENGTH AND WIDTH.
The maximum width of a board has been increased from 850mm to 1005mm.
4.9 FOOTSTRAPS. New rule
'The footstrap fixing points maybe moved provided that the stiffness of the board as registered with ISAF does not increase outside the maximum allowed by rule 4.5. The number of toe straps must not exceed the number supplied by the manufacturer. Any make or type of strap maybe fitted.'
FW ONLY MEASUREMENT RULES
Manufacturers should especially note this new rule which amends 2.3.3. 'To be eligible for FW World and Continental or Qualifying championships, a board shall have completed registration with ISAF and been added to the FW International Board List by 1st March of the year of the competition.' This rule does not apply to IFCA Championship events, but it will have a major effect on almost all short board course racing.
2.4.3. has been amended to ban refairing of the underside and removal of the finishing coats.
3.1.1. A maximum of 3 skegs maybe registered for a championship. Skegs shall not project more than 700mm below the hull measured at 90 degrees to the fairline of the underside of the hull.
The March 1st Registration and Skeg length rules do not apply to IFCA Championship events, but they will have a major effect on almost all short board course racing. The refairing rule is a clarification of what the Funboard Class rules already say, and they must be observed at IFCA and Production Funboard events.
FUNBOARD CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
Course racing ompetitors are limited to 1 board and 3 sails, which must be registered before the first race in accordance with the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions.
The FW windspeed rules apply as well. See FRR 91. There will be further clarifications and advise sent out to organisers and associations as to how the windspeed reading are taken and applied. But the principle is clear. Both FW and Funboard Classes are 'planning' Classes. If the race committee consider that conditions are such that planning is no longer the sailing mode of the majority of boards, they will abandon the race.
The FW class requires sails to be 'tagged' so that the number of sails used by a competitor can be strictly controlled. There is a charge for the tag and we will be discussing the system with sailmakers.
Any questions, e mail Peter England(FW chairman and measurer) or Steven Schrier (IFCA Hon.Sec. and measurer)