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2 July 2004, 04:56 pm
Phase III Details Announced
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ISAF Olympic Windsurfing Equipment Evaluation

ISAF are pleased to announce preliminary details of Part III of the windsurfing evaluation leading to the selection of equipment for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Following on from the Evaluation event in May held at Torbole, the Evaluation Panel presented their report to the ISAF Council at the Mid-Year meetings in San Diego. The basis of the report was to develop a group of boards shown at Torbole, which became known as the Hybrid class, so called because they represented the best of Formula and Longboard sailing in a range of conditions.

The Events Committee and the ISAF Council asked that a further set of trials be held to select a one-design from within the box rules of the Hybrid Class.

ISAF have selected Southampton, GBR as the location for the third section of the trials, which will be held from 16-19 September. Exact locations will depend on weather conditions, with the majority of the sailing being held out of Calshot and Queen Mary Reservoir. (All dates and location are provisional and will be confirmed at a later date)

The following entry requirements have been set for the boards and equipment:

Hull Length: 2650 - 3100mm
Hull Width: 790 - 1000mm
Hull Weight: Minimum 12 kg (including mast track, excluding foils and straps) Foils
Tail fin depth: 700mm (provisional)
Centreboard depth: 850mm Max.
Sail Size: Men 10 sqM (provisional), Women 8.5 sqM (provisional)

All boards entered must be of production quality and finished in a standard for Olympic Competition. Each manufacturer must bring three identical boards to the event. Only manufacturers meeting the above requirements will be allowed to attend. Once again, manufacturers are encouraged to bring their own sailors to the event, in order to sail the equipment to its best potential.

Manufacturers who attending either of the two previous events need not pay the application fee, however board details must be lodged at the ISAF Secretariat before 1 August 2004. For those manufacturers that have not attended any of the previous events, an application fee of £500 inc VAT is applicable. Again, all board details must of been registered with the ISAF Secretariat by the 1st August.

For more detailed information on the location, dates, entries and application information, please contact Sebastian Edmonds in the ISAF Technical Department.
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