Winter Windsurfing European Open 2012 Kalajoki

1. ORGANISER
1.1 The Winter Windsurfing European Open 2012 is organized by Perämeri WindRiders ry (www.perameriwindriders.fi) in co-operation with Rautio Sports (www.rautio.fi/sports) and WinterWindsurf.com team
1.2 The event is sponsored by Kalajoki Resort (www.kalajokiresort.fi), Kalajoki Akatemia (www.kalajokiakatemia.fi), Keskipohjanmaa (www.kp24.fi), Rautio Sports (www.rautio.fi/sports), Rip Curl (www.ripcurl.fi), Ravintola Dyyni (www.hiekkadyyni.fi), JOY‐Tuotanto, Autotalo Antti-Roiko (www.antti-roiko.com), Hiberna (www.hiberna.lv), Junnikkala Oy (www.junnikkala.com), Leverage from the EU and European Union, European Regional Development Fund, European Social Fund (www.rakennerahastot.fi/rakennerahastot/en/index.jsp)

2. VENUES
2.1 The event will be held in Hiekkasärkät, Kalajoki, Finland, on 15.-18.3.2012

2.1.2 The event will be based in Rautio Sports Surf Center (http://www.rautio.fi/sports/vuokraamo/surf-center-english/), located inside Top Camping Hiekkasärkät (http://www.camping-hiekkasarkat.fi/tmp_tophiekka_site_0.asp?sua=1&lang=3&s=3)

2.1.3 In the case it will not be possible to organize the event in this location (due to snow, wind or other circumstances), organizers reserve the right to change the location to another icy water area nearby, no later than 5 days prior the competition start.

3. RULES
3.1 The classes are sleds with handheld sails, that means standard windsurfing rigs, in two disciplines (Course Race and Short Track Slalom), kites with skis and kites with snowboards in one to three disciplines (Course Race and possibly also GPS Speed Race and Freestyle, all disciplines will be separate races) and wings in two disciplines (Course Race and Short Track Slalom).
3.2 Winter Windsurfing Racing Rules (WWRR 2012)
3.3 RRS 2009…2012
3.4 The Notice of Race (NOR)
3.5 The Sailing Instructions (SI).

4. ORAGANISATION OF TOUR
4.1 The Notice of Race is published in http://perameriwindriders.fi/wwe-open-2012/notice-of-race-nor/ and in http://www.winterwindsurf.com

4.2 There will be Chief Officer, Race Judges and Organiser Workers. Protest committee will be elected from the competitors to review possible protests together with the judges; in case a judge or a competitor is involved in the protest they will be excluded from protest committee and new members will be elected instead of them. Protest system will be replaced by ARBITRING in slalom races.

5. ENTRY
5.1 The Tour will be open as “Open Entry” for all competitors who comply all requirements of organiser (entry form & fee, accepted equipment, sail numbers, organiser advertisement, bib vests, etc).
5.2 All costs of participation shall be paid by competitors.
5.3 In case of inconvenient weather conditions, resulting in non-appearance of event, the entry fee will not be refunded.

6. VALIDITY OF DISCIPLINES
6.1 The minimum number of races in series (Event) to constitute a valid series score, shall be 1 (one) race.
6.2 The minimum number of series (Event) in Tour to constitute a valid Tour score shall be 1 (one) series (Events).

7. DIVISIONS
7.1 Overall All competitors
7.2 Women All female competitors
7.3 Master – a man who has reached the age of 40 (born 1971 and earlier), or a
woman who has reached the age 35 (born 1977 or earlier) by
December 31st before the year of competition.
7.4 Youth U20 – a man or a woman who is less than 20 years old by December 31st in
the year of competition (born 1992 and later).
7.5 A minimum of 3 entries is required to constitute a ‘division’ within a class.

8. EQUIPMENT
8.1 All competitors shall bring their own equipment.
8.2 All restrictions for equipment as in WWRR2011.

9. BIBS & ADVERTISING
9.1 During the registration competitors will get number bibs that shall be kept visible during the practice and race; after the race it is mandatory to return bibs to the organizer.
9.2 In the event the competitors shall carry the LOA’s advertising.

10. SAFETY
10.1 It is the responsibility of each competitor to participate in the safest possible manner at all times.

11. LIABILITY
11.1 Decision to race. Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The LOA or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives is not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury either ashore or on the sea either to persons or equipment, prior, during and after the event.
11.2 Participation in events, supporting events and in each race is at the sole discretion of the competitor and at his/her own risk.
11.3 No organisation or individual will be held responsibility for any moral or material damage that may be sustained during travel or arrival at the Championship venue.

12. SERIES (EVENT) SCORING
12.1 RRS Appendix A shall apply.
12.2 Alternative Scoring System with 0.7 points for the first place will apply in separate events, 2nd place 2 points, 3rd place 3 points, etc.
12.3 Discards as in RRS Appendix A2 shall apply.

13. MEDALS & AWARDS
13.1 A division will qualify for awards if there are at least five competitors registered.
13.2 Medals or trophies may be awarded up to the first three competitors in Overall Division for Course Race and Slalom. All other valid Division will be awarded with Diploma.

14. TELEVISION & MEDIA
14.1 In registering for the Event, competitors automatically grant to the LOA 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 as defined in NoR and SI in which he/she participates without compensation.

15. SCHEDULE

Thursday 15th March 2012:
9:00 – 13:00                                 Arrival, registration (Rautio Sports Surf Center), rigging, training

13:00                                 Skipper’s meeting (Rautio Sports Surf Center)

14:00                                 First possible start

18:00                                 Last possible start

19:00                                 Opening ceremony

Friday 16th March, 2012:

8:30                                 Skipper’s meeting (Rautio Sports Surf Center)

9:30                                 First possible start

18:30                                 Last possible start

Saturday 17th March, 2012:

8:30                                 Skipper’s meeting (Rautio Sports Surf Center)

9:30                                 First possible start

18:30                                 Last possible start

20:00                                 Price giving ceremony

Sunday 18th March, 2012:

Reserve day

Departure
Additional event program will be published separately on event sites in the internet.

Organizer has a right to change the schedule by announcing this in advance.

16. COMPETITORS SAIL BRANDING.
16.1 During racing, competitors may be required by the organizers to wear sponsors’ branding sail stickers above the boom. Prior to arrival on site, competitors wishing to apply their own sponsor’s branding to their sails below the boom are advised to seek ‘brand approval’ from the organizer to ensure that there is no conflict with event sponsors. The decision of the organizer will be final.
Sponsor’s sail stickers are obligatory.

17. ACCOMMODATION / TOURIST INFORMATION
17. 1 Special prices for accommodation packages for participants of the WWE Open 2012 Kalajoki event are published in http://perameriwindriders.fi/wwe-open-2012/196-2/

17.2 Kalajoki tourist information: Spa SaniFani, Jukupolku 3, FIN-85100 KALAJOKI, tel. +358 (0)8 466 655, email: matkailuinfo@kalajoki.fi. The tourist information is open Mon-Thu 07:30 – 21:00, Fri-Sat 07:30 – 22:00 and Sun 07:30 – 20:00.

18. REGISTRATION
18.1 Each competitor shall personally register and sign the registration form and pay the entry fee prior to his/ her first race in the event.
18.2 Competitors will be required to produce the following registration formalities:
- Original Entry Form (Form 1)
- Evidence of valid third party insurance
- 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
- Proof of age

19. ENTRIES & PAYMENT
19.1 The entry fee for the WWE Open 2012 Kalajoki is EUR 50.
19.2 Entry fees paid on site shall be made in Euros only. No credit Cards, Cheques or other currencies will be accepted.

20. OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE

20.1 Daily news, pictures and results: www.perameriwindriddrs.fi, http://www.winterwindsurf.com.

Current weather and ice condition: http://www.kp24.fi/uutiset/Weather.aspx, http://www.webviewcams.com/europe/finland/lokkilinna

21. EVENT OFFICE/INFORMATION
21.1 The registration office during the event will be in Rautio Sports Surf Center.

 

Information:

Sanna Päivärinta, mobile +358 (0)40 150 6464, sanna@rautio.fi

Jarno Rautio, mobile +358 (0)400 617 267, jarno.rautio@rautio.fi