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International Mistral Class Organisation
an ISAF "International" windsurfing class & founder member of the INTERNATIONAL WINDSURFING ASSOCIATION

NOTICE OF RACE
2004 MISTRAL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
2004 Mistral Youth European Championship
2004 Mistral Junior European Championship
Sopot, Poland – June 2nd > 12th 2004
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event

1. EVENT
1.1 The 2004 Mistral European Championship (MEC) will be held from June 2nd > 12th 2004.  It will be supported by the Youth & Junior European Championships. The MEC will count towards the ISAF World Sailing Ranking List.

2. ORGANISER
2.1 The Championship will be organized by Sopocki Klub Zeglarski together with IMCO Poland and the Polish  Yachting Association for and on behalf of and under specified conditions laid down by IMCO International in co-operation with the ISAF.

3. VENUE
3.1 The event will be based on the Sopocki Klub Zeglarski which is about 30 minutes by car from the airport. The average conditions that can be expected in June are: wind speeds between 10 - 20 knots; water temperature +20C; and air temperature is +25C.

4.  RULES
4.1 This is an ISAF sanctioned event governed by:
4.1.1 The Rules as defined in the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing for 2001 - 2004 (RRS);
4.1.2 The Mistral One Design Championship Rules;
4.1.3 Alterations to the SIs must be approved by the Class Race Supervisor;
4.1.4 Attendance at the Prize Giving & Closing Ceremony is mandatory for coaches, team leaders & competitors.  A fine of Euro 15 may be levied each time, if you fail to attend, without appeal.
4.2 The classes are classified as a category C as set out in ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code.

5.  ELIGIBILITY & DISCIPLINE
5.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of RRS - Appendix 2.
5.2 A minimum of 3 races is required for a valid Championship/Series in that Class/Division.
5.3 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance of a minimum of EUR 1.000.000 value for the duration of the Championships and shall have been issued an ISAF Sailor Number.
5.4 Competitors shall be members of their national class association or of IMCO or the MJOD Internationally. National Associations shall be in good standing. The IWA are empowered to receive membership & entry fees on behalf of the classes.
5.5 Class membership formalities can be completed on site.

6. DISCIPLINES
6.1 Mistral European Championship (MEC)
6.1.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline event for Divisions A, Ac, B & Bc. A maximum of 12 men (Ac) and 8 women (Bc) from outside Europe may qualify to race in the MEC through their own home continental championship.
6.1.2 The maximum size of a fleet/division shall be 90 Men (A & Ac) & 75 Women (B & Bc) who shall race separately, each in a maximum 12 race series over 7 days which shall include one reserve day, which may be used for racing.
6.1.3 Only competitors approved by IMCO Int. in accordance with the 2004 IMCO European Championship Qualification System may participate.
6.1.4 MEC Women shall race separately.
6.2 Mistral Junior European Championship (MJEC)
6.2.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline Open Entry event (subject to national qualification) sailed on MOD boards for boys and girls of divisions (C) & (D). They may race separately each in a 12 race series over 7 days
6.3 Mistral Youth European Championship (MYEC)
6.3.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline Open Entry event (subject to national qualification) sailed on MOD boards for boys and girls of divisions (E). They may race separately each in a 12 race series over 7 days.

7   DIVISIONS
7.1 Gender: Man (A); Non-European Man (Ac); Woman (B); Non-European Woman (Bc).
7.2 Age:
7.2.1 A competitor must have reached the minimum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2003.
7.2.2 A competitor must not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st 2004.
7.2.3 A Minim (C) shall be under the age of 15. (Born in or after 1990 and not later than 1995).
7.2.4 A Junior (D) shall be under the age of 17. (Born in or after 1988 and not later than 1995).
7.2.5 A Youth (E) shall be under the age of 20 (Born in or after 1985 and not later than 1995).
7.3 General 
7.3.1 Only divisions specified within each championship will apply. A minimum of 5 entries is required to constitute a class or a division within a class. If the number of entries in a class/division reaches 60, that class/division may be given a separate start.  Competitors may only enter one class/division.

8. EQUIPMENT
8.1 All competitors shall bring their own equipment.

9. MEASUREMENT
9.1 Each Competitor shall ensure that his/her sailboard and equipment conforms to the current Class Rules.
9.2 Measurement and equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
9.3 Competitors and their equipment shall be on site by 0900 hrs on June 2nd 2004. Competitors shall book a measurement time slot by signing in at the measurement area after picking up their measurement form from the registration desk.

10. SAIL INSIGNIAS
10.1 National letters & sail numbers comply with Class Rule C.9.2. Otherwise they shall comply with RRS App G 1.2 for craft less than 3.5 m in length. (Alteration of RRS Appendix B7.2).

11 BUOYANCY
11.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed every competitor & support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket, harness, or vest with 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.

12. LIABILITY
12.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The LOA, MJOD & IMCO 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. Participation in this event, supporting events 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.

13. COURSES
13.1 Courses for the cChampionship shall be as described in the IMCO Championship Rules.

14. SCORING
14.1 The RRS low points scoring system (App. Section 1 A4.1) will apply.  

15. INTERNATIONAL JURY
15.1 An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with the RRS 70.4. Their decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.

16. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS (SI)/EVENT PROGRAMME
16.1 The Championship SIs will be available at registration as will the Event Programme scheduling social events.

17. COACHES & TEAM SUPPORT PERSONNEL
17.1 Coaches are required to register in advance at a cost of USEUR $25 each.
17.2 Coach boats will be available for charter of a minimum length of 4.5 meters at Euro 75,00 per day (FORM 6).  Please make your reservation before May 1st 2004. Coach boats will not be available for those without an advanced booking. Book early to avoid disappointment.
17.3 Coaches and team support personnel shall each wear a buoyancy aid when afloat and when the Y flag is displayed.

18. SCHEDULE
June 2nd                    Arrival
June 3rd/4th/5th        1000hrs-1700hrs         Registration & Measurement
June 5th                    1400hrs                        Practice Race
                                 1900hrs                        Opening Ceremony & Dinner
June 6th/7th/8th        1100hrs                        Racing
June 9th                                                         Reserve Day
June 10th/11th/12th  1100hrs                        Racing 
June 12th                  1600hrs.                       Last possible start                                        
                                 1900hrs                        Prize Giving & Closing Party
June 13th                  Departure

19. DRUG TESTING
19.1 Competitors are reminded of the ISAF Anti-Doping Code as prescribed in RRS. Drug testing may take place during the event.

20. MEDALS AND PRIZES 
20.1 Medals shall be awarded to at least the first five in Class/Division depending on entry numbers.
20.2 The first Junior boy & girl (D) shall each be known as the Mistral Junior European Champion. (Two titles)
20.3 The first Youth boy & girl (E) shall each be known as the Mistral Youth European Champion (two titles)
20.4 The First Man (A)and Woman (B) in the MEC shall be known as the Mistral European Champion (two titles)

21. TELEVISION AND MEDIA
21.1 In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organising Authority and IMCO International 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 reproductions 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.  BIBS/VESTS & COMPETITORS SAIL BRANDING.
22.1 During racing, competitors may be required by the organisers to wear bibs/vests carrying the event sponsors branding; and carry the event sponsor's advertising on their sails. The maximum area that the event sponsor’s branding may occupy is 600mmX1000mm immediately below batten #4.
22.2 The top 20 competitors in the MEC Divisions A & B may be seeded & may carry their seeding # on their bibs/vests.

23. DRESS CODE
23.1 Smart casual clothes will be required for the Opening Ceremony and Prize Giving Ceremony.
23.2 The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to those whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.

24. ACCOMMODATION
24.1 Some accommodation is available on site. This will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Otherwise special room rates have been arranged at various Sopot Hotels for registered competitors and national coach/team leaders; a complete list with prices will be sent to all Nations upon request.
24.2 A campsite is available very close to the club. Please contact the local organiser for more details.

25. AIR TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION
25.1 It is possible to fly to Gdansk via Warsaw or Copenhagen using normal scheduled airlines. Although planes flying into Gdansk are not big enough to carry boards.
25.2 Transfers of passengers, luggage and their equipment from Warsaw Airport (3700Kms away) to the Regatta Site  will be charged at €uro 15 each way per person and a further €uro 15 each way per complete set of OD equipment. TO BE ACCEPTED, TRANSFER BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE A MINIMUM OF 15 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL IN POLAND. Payment shall be made on site.
25.3 Neither the organising authority nor IMCO take responsibility for travel bookings made in error.

26. REGISTRATION
26.1 The registration office during the regatta will be at :
Sopocki Klub Zeglarski, ul. Bitwy Pod Plowcami 67, 81-731 Sopot, Poland
   Tel: +48 58 551 6898 Fax: +48 58 551 6898 Email: mailtskz_sopot@wp.pl
26.2 Competitors shall produce the following prior to completing registration formalities on site: 
- Original Regatta Entry Form (Form 1)
- Proof of age (Passport)      
- OriginalCopy of Bank Transfer/Draft details
 - Evidence of valid third party insurance   
- Parental/legal Guardian Assent (Form 2) if needed
- Measurement Form signed by the Official Measurer
- Medical treatment permission (Form 6)

27. ENTRIES & PAYMENT
27.1 Entry fees are as stated on the attached entry form (Form 1) and shall be paid at the time of entry by MasterCard, Visa Card or bank transfer only by May 1st 2004. Payments made on site are subject to a Euro 40 excess charge  unless special arrangement has been made with IMCO Int.
27.2 Competitors and coaches can enter in advance electronically through the IWA website at http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/  or by faxing +44 2392 468831) or mailing an official entry form (Form 1) with their entry fees. The Entry Forms may be downloaded from the IMCO website at www.imco.org
27.3 Money Transfers shall be in the name of: The International Windsurfing Association and be sent t
Account Name:   The International Windsurfing Association
Euro Account #:    52977299
Sort Code:            20-08-44 IBAN:                          
IBAN:                   GB93 BARC 2008 4452 9772 99
SWIFTBIC:          BARCGB22 (Bank Identifier Code) 
Bank Details:         Barclays Bank Plc, Birmingham, UK (Bank charges to your account)
27.4 or by Cheque /Bankers Draft, drawn on a British Bank to
International Windsurfing Association
Mengham Cottage, Mengham Lane,  Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 9JX,
United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 2392 468831 Fax: +44 (0) 2392 468831
E-Mail: mailtinfo@internationalwindsurfing.com
27.5 All exchange Bank or Card charges will be added to your account.
27.6 Entry fees paid on site shall be made in Euros Only. No credit Cards, Cheques or other currencies will be accepted.