The Bay of Roses and the City Castello de Empuries will be the venue for the 2004 Formula Windsurfing Festival - including the 2004 FW Youth World Championship.
Situated just 30 km south of the french boarder at the northeast corner of Spain next to GIRONA, the bay of Roses is one of the most famoust sailing and windsurfing areas of the world, wellknown by the PWA Worldcups since five years. The city of Castello de Empuries is one of the oldest cities of the world , possibly founded 3000 years ago by Greek sailors from Rohdos. The Greeks named the area Palace of the winds - what says more than any other words about the wind conditions here the whole year.
Just now - exactly one year before the event - we have temperatures of 32 degrees Celcius and wind of 15 to 25 knots every day onshore with waves up to one meter.
Empuriabrava - which is the exact location of the event - is named to be the largest sportboatharbour of the world with some 16 000 boatplaces. There are more channels and bridges than in Venecia, and each houseowner has his own boat directly in front of his house.
The Badia de Rubina is a beach of 3000 m white sand in Empuriabrava and here the sailors will find all: restaurants, showers, sailors area, parkings and material tents. Directly in front of this beach will be the racing area, also reachable through a small harbourentrance to avoid problems with waves. Next to the closed and watched sailors area will be a whole beachcity with shops, bars, restaurants, beachvolleyball and beachsoccer as well as an exhibition area for classic cars and bikes. A second hand market gives the chance to buy and sell equipment very cheap.
The complete programm of the festival will include :
a) Kids Windsurfing event 6 to 15 years for beginners - first racing and freestyle lessons and every day three small races. This event starts on the 25.8.2004
b) Worlds Golden Classics event for all surfers older than 40 with boards older than 10 years , every day late afternoon after the main event
c) Junior, Espoir, Masters and Grandmasters Formula Windsurfing World Championship IFWA 27.8.-2.9.2004
d) Youth Formula Windsurfing World Championship ISAF 27.8.-2.9.2004