Rules & Regulations/Championship Rules 2005
International Funboard Class Championship Rules
These rules amend and are additional to the RRS and Appendix B, which apply.
World, Continental, Regional and National championships shall only be organised by or with the approval of the International Funboard Class Association (IFCA). Approval shall only be given to National Authorities and recognised National Associations. Where neither of the above organises a national event in a particular country, approval may be given to a National Organiser by IFCA.
2 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
2.1 At World and Continental championships the maximum number of entries for Slalom are: 80 men, 40 women, 40 youths and 40 masters. For Wave and Freestyle World the maximums are 64 men, 32 women, 32 Youth and 32 Masters.
2.2 Age Divisions
2.2.1 Youth is a man or woman who is less than 20 years old
2.2.2 Junior is a boy or girl who is less than 17 years old
2.2.3 Master is a man who has reached the age of 35, or a woman who has reached the age of 30
2.2.4 A sailor must have reached the minimum age in the relevant division by December 31st before the year of competition
2.2.5 A sailor must not be older than the maximum age limit in the relevant age division by December 31st in the year of competition
2.3 At World and Continental Championships the allocation of places to each country shall be based on the following:
a. A minimum of three Men, two Women, two Masters and two Youths from each country, which organises a multi event qualifier series for production boards. The Executive committee of IFCA will determine the final figure.
b. One Man, one Woman, one Master and one Youth from each country not complying with 2.3(a). Additional (Custom Board) competitors may be accepted only in the event of insufficient IFC competitors applying for available places.
c. Qualifying competitors must be chosen directly from the top competitors in the IFC National Ranking table. Only in exceptional cases may a national boardsailing association selection committee vary this rule, and only with the approval of the IFCA Executive. Qualifying competitors must be permanently resident or nationals of the country proposing them.
d. A copy of the National Series results from each National Association or Authority shall be sent to IFCA upon request.
f. Every Competitor shall be a member of a National Authority, or a National Association recognised by IFCA, or a windsurfing/sailing club recognised by its National Authority.
g. The final decision on allocation of places shall be that of the President of IFCA.
h. The current World and Continental Champions shall be entitled to defend their titles.
i. National Authorities and Associations are required to pay an annual subscription to IFCA, before a competitor's entry will be accepted.
3.1 The National Association fees (subscription) are determined by a scale published annually by the International Windsurfing Association. Payment of these fees is the sole responsibility of the National Association or Authority. Where no National Authority or Association subscribes the Funboard Class Fee, the IFCA Executive may accept entries from that country, direct from individuals, provided the IWA fee of per competitor is paid by the competitor (25 Euro).
4.1 RESTRICTIONS ON EQUIPMENT
There are no restrictions on equipment other than those defined in these rules and the IFCA Class Rules. The IFCA reserves the right to impose further restrictions on equipment in the interests of safety or fair competition. No such prohibition shall be made without stating such in Notice of Race. For World and Continental Championships, a competitor shall register only two boards and four sails for use during the Championships.
4.2 EQUIPMENT REGISTRATION
4.2.1 Each competitor shall complete one Equipment Registration Form (ERF) obtained from the registration desk and return it before the close of registration .
4.2.2 Each competitor shall clearly identify each sail which he / she intends to use during the event (Serial number / event tag) which shall be listed on the ERF
4.2.3 Each competitor shall list the serial number of the boards that he / she intend to use during the event on the ERF.
4.3 EQUIPMENT INSPECTION
4.3.1 The Equipment Inspectors may check and measure equipment at any time during an event.
4.3.2 Until the Inspector gives permission, a selected sailor and his / her equipment shall have no contact with a coach or support personnel, or leave the inspection area. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
4.4 NATIONAL RACING - CUSTOM BOARDS
a. A Custom Board is any board, which does not comply with the IFCA Class Rules.
b. A Custom Board division may be included in a National racing series (or event). A separate ranking table must be published for custom Boards.
c. Custom Board sailors who wish to change equipment to qualify for IFCA events, must notify the Race Committee in writing before the first heat.
d. Custom Board rankings do not qualify for IFCA international events, except where Entry rule 2.3(b) applies.
ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code, Category C shall apply.
The Principal Race Officer for the following reasons can give fines:
- Sailing in the Course/Competition area when not competing
- Audible and visible obscenity
- Verbal and physical abuse
- Unsportsmanlike conduct: Members shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators, members of the media or other persons. For the purposes of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on site offence contained in these rules. In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include but not be limited to the giving, making issuing, authorising or endorsing any public statement within the precincts of the event site or at event functions having or designed to have an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the sport.
- Other abusive or aggressive behaviour
The maximum fine is 200 US $ and all fines are payable to the IFCA Representative. Members fined shall not be allowed to compete further in any event, race or heat recognised or sanctioned by the IFCA until the fine is paid.
The scoring system detailed in the RRS Appendix A and amended in Appendix B shall be used.
However, the system of scoring maybe modified to comply with computer programs available.
Where this may produce a different result to these rules, the sailing instructions must clearly detail the modification.
6.2 VALIDITY OF DISCIPLINES
The minimum number of races or elimination series to constitute a valid discipline score, counting towards the Event score shall be: .
a. Slalom Racing: One Slalom Series completed to the Final.
b. Wave, Freestyle, or Freewave Series: One single elimination.
6.3 RACE AND ELIMINATION SERIES LIMITS
6.3.1 All disciplines will take place in suitable conditions. Slalom has a minimum wind speed of 11 knots.
6.3.2 The race committee shall be the final arbiter as to when conditions are suitable to race. At IFCA Championships, the race committee will consult with the IFCA representative before abandoning racing or changing the scheduled discipline.
6.3.3 Protests regarding wind strength and suitability of wind direction or wave conditions shall be disallowed.
6.4 NATIONAL TEAM RESULTS
National Team results are calculated by adding the Event results of the best two Men, the best Lady, the best Youth and the best Master, or as amended by the Notice of Race. A full team is required to score for the National Team ranking.
6.5 WORLD & CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS (NATIONAL SERIES)
Only competitors using boards that comply with the IFCA Class Rules shall score points to qualify them for the World or Continental Championships.
6.6 NATIONALITY OR RESIDENCY
A competitor shall only score points qualifying towards a place at the World Championships in the country where he is permanently resident or for which he holds a current passport.
7 PRIZES & TITLES
7.1 TROPHIES & MONEY PRIZES
Trophies will be awarded to the first five competitors in each Division. National Team prizes shall be awarded to the best three National Teams. Money Prizes may also be awarded.
The winning competitor in each Discipline, at a World or Continental Championships, shall receive the title of World or Continental Discipline Champion. The winners of each Division shall receive the title of IFCA or Continental Division / Discipline Champion.