1. Welcome; and registration of
delegates / Voting
1.1 Ceri Williams welcomed delegates
and observers to the meeting on
behalf of the Class and the
organiser of the Championship, Uwe
Ahlers, Mayor of Dranske.
1.2 CW congratulated the organisers
for their achievement in securing
the championship at such short
notice , and for their efforts since
the event started . Special thanks
are also recorded for the essential
contribution of Matthias Regber and
the team at Choppy Water.
DELEGATES. National AssocProxy Votes
1 Jani Paju (FIN) 16 HKG –Ceri Williams
2 Krzysztof Jaszczynski (POL) 17 IRL-Ceri Williams
3 Miguel Martinho (POR) 18 AUS –Dorota Staszewska
4 Lieuwe Faber (NED) 19 ITA- Andrea Cucchi
5 Charles Schliemann (ESP) Committee
6 Micah Buzianis (USA) 20 Ceri Williams
7 Marc Cardon (FRA) 21 Pieter Bijl
8 Ansis Dale (LAT) 22 Dorota Staszewska
9 Gonzalo Costa Hoeval (ARG) 23 Andrea Cucchi
10 Wilhelm Schurmann(BRA) Committee - Proxy Votes
11 Erik Rondeel (NOR) 24 Didier Flamme (Marc Cardon
12 Lucy Horwood (GBR) 25 Ian Fox (Pieter Bijl)
13 Matthias Regber (GER) 26 Phil Mcgain(Pieter Bijl
14 Johan Ekstadt (SWE)
15 Lars Pedersen (DEN)
1.3 Voting cards were presented to
the committee and delegates.
1.4 CW explained the principles of
the voting system ; the procedures
for voting , an explanation of
"simple majority " for
making decisions on submissions and
elections ,if held .
2. Minutes of the previous AGM -Sylt
,sept . 2002
2.1 The minutes were circulated
shortly after the 2002 AGM,
published on the FW website, and
published in the IWA Yearbook(copies
of which were circulated to this
years AGM delegates )
3. Matters arising from the 2002
· Marc Cardon (FRA) questioned the
validity of the election principles
-his understanding was that he had
been elected to fill the final place
on the committee.
· KJ (Krzysztof Jaszczynski)
confirmed that the process was
correct, and had been approved prior
to the 2002 AGM by Marc (then class
· Furthermore the Minutes had been
approved before publication.
· Minutes were approved -voting 19
yes, 2 no.
4. Chairman's Report
Overall a good year-but many
challenges still face the Class.
The 2002 AGM recommended the new
committee address 3 key areas:
· Agreements with Tour organisers (PWA
and Euro -Cup)-and rationalising the
Event Schedule. Some progress had
been made in this direction, with
close co-operation between the Class
and organisers, and IWA. However no
formal agreements (MOU) had been
· Model Event Manual; standard NoRs
and SI 's -to be formalised. Once
again good progress had been made,
although the "finished "
article not yet ready!
· Clear Youth and Junior Policy
needed. This was published before
the year-end (2002) and implemented
in 2003. Submissions to this AGM
include modifications to that policy.
· More events and bigger entry to
events; all the evidence points to
substantial growth for the FW Class.
The Europeans (May) had twice the
entry in the Men's division compared
to 2002 ; the Formula Festival -a
new event -attracted an entry of 80
,although the entry was down in the
Youth Championship; the WORLDS ,despite
a late announcement of dates , had
93 men and 23 women entrants (the
biggest entry yet for a Women's
· A report was received from South
America -delivered by Gonzalo Costa
Hoevel (ARG). At the 2003
Championships (Vittoria, Brazil) it
was agreed by delegates to work
closer in the future with IWA and
IFWC; the 2004 Championship was
scheduled for Columbia. The 2003
event attracted 70 competitors from
5 countries; which included 5
competitors in the formula
experience sub division.
· US Windsurfing Tour -increased
dialogue with organisers of the Tour
and some specific events (inc. the
Velocity Games); over 134
competitors have competed in the FW
division -more than twice the entry
in the combined Open and Prodigy
divisions. Key events -Mid Winters
(Florida); US OPEN; and the US and
- PWA held two FW Race events (Leba
- FW WOMENS CUP -included a very
successful event outside of
Europe-alongside the Canadian
- EURO-CUP. Matthias Regber
presented a brief report (full
details on the euro cup website)- 7
successful events (2 late
cancellations-lack of sponsorship);
and over 220 competitors.
- Baltic Cup. Ansis Dale (LAT) gave
a report on the series that is
growing from 3 venues to 4 in 2004 .An
average of 65 competitors for events.
* This trend of GROWTH has also been
reflected in many National
· Short Term Goals (reflected in
a) Youth and Junior Policy
b) Championship Rules
· Longer Term Goals
a) review/rewrite Class Rules (for
b) and Constitution review.
- Many thanks to KJ and Bogo for
outstanding work on the website.
Also we now have very good and,
separate, Youth and Women's pages .
"Please send your contributions
to YOUR site -everything is
published -no censorship "-KJ.
5. Financial Statement
5.1 A report from the IWA Treasurer
(John Ellis) was presented to the
meeting -it included: Income and
Expenditure by Class and Activity (1
st January to 31st August 2003), and
a Balance Sheet (as at 31 st August
5.2 CW announced that the Accounts
for 2002 had been published at the
IWA AGM held during the Formula
Festival (Torbole, Garda in July)-had
been put on the IWA website; and
circulated copies to delegates.
5.3 Clearly the big earners for the
IWA were IMCO and IFWC; but it was
"policy" to support all
classes through general expenses
5.4 Explanations were asked, and
a) Other Income (IMCO) --this is the
subsidy paid by Boards and More to
the Olympic Class, an agreement
valid until end of Olympics .
b) Salaries (IMCO) and ADMIN .-these
apply to the IWA Executive Secretary
,Rory Ramsden, and IWA
Administrative Secretary, Annie
c) Consultants Fees (Joint Projects
)-a Study commissioned by the IWA
Board :undertaken by Aristeia to
review support for the IWA White
Paper (Olympic Equipment for 2008 )
and proposals to promote the Future
of the Sport . An Executive Summary
has been published on the IWA
website. Matthias Regber felt
savings could have been made if
wider consultation had been
undertaken -as there were available
similar results from a study already
available in Germany.
6. Committee Elections
6.1 According to the Constitution
there is no election in 2003.
6.2 However the Committee had co
opted a representative from South
America onto the committee -Gonzalo
Costa Hoevel (ARG); and were now
asking the AGM to approve the
co-option (Constitution Article 8.3)
Approved -23 votes FOR. (Max 26
7. Submissions made by the committee
7.1 YOUTH & JUNIOR POLICY
Sub # Decision
1 The AGM approved the current and
published Policy with amendments as
follows. Votes -24 YES.
2 The AGM unanimously (26 YES)
approved the following
- Sailors in the YOUTH age group can
use all boards from the FW Annual
- Sailors in the JUNIOR age group
shall be restricted to boards from
the previous years FW annual list.
3/4 The AGM approved the additional
restriction to be applied for World
Championships: that Youth and Junior
sailors' equipment be restricted to
3 sails and 2 fins. Votes -18 YES.
5 The AGM agreed to change the age
group for YOUTH (from under 19) to
UNDER 20; and to remove the Espoir
division . Votes -22 YES.
6/7/8 Not voted, as not relevant due
to above decisions.
9 That the Class hold one World
Championship (i.e. combined) for
Youth and Senior was NOT approved -yes
2 NO 24. Therefore item10/11
approved (i.e. YOUTH as part of the
7.2 CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
Sub # Decision
12 It was not approved -" that
the World Championships should be
decided by AGM 2 years in advance
" -Votes -26 NO ; but it
13 was approved -that the date and
place should be fixed not later than
6 months before the event; and the
NOR and travel info published not
later than 3 months before the event.
Votes -26 YES.
14 AGM approved: the race venue for
FW Worlds shall be within 200km of
an International airport, and easily
reachable by car. Votes -18 YES.
15/16 Not approved. The AGM
recommended that the FW Worlds
should rotate around continents when
17 Approved: that the Class World
and Continental Champs. Be limited
to: 120 MEN and 60 WOMEN. Votes - 20
18 Approved: that the entry to World
and European Champs. (For MEN) be
via QUALIFICATION, and "wildcard
" applications will only be
allocated after the cut off date for
Pre -entry (as published in the
NOR). Votes - 20 YES.
19 Approved: that the (men's)
Championship regatta be conducted as
a qualification series of races,
with competitors separated into two
fleets; and a FINAL series of races,
where competitors are placed in GOLD
Fleet (competing for Titles and
Prize money) and SILVER Fleet (competing
for prizes). For the start of the Qs
races the sailors will be seeded
according to RANKING. Votes -18 YES.
20 Approved: the current format of
limiting World, Continental (and
Qualification) regattas to a max. Of
15 races; with max. 4 races per day;
and min. of 3 races for a valid
champs. Votes- 20 YES.
21 Approved: the qualification
series shall consist of max. 8 races.
Votes -20 YES.
22 Approved: the QUALIFICATION
EVENTS for World Championships
include Continental Champs, And a
SERIES of major regattas worldwide (
a mix of the best events available )
class sanctioned and designated
GRAND PRIX events . Votes -19 YES.
24 Approved: ONE representative of
each National Windsurfing
Association (FW member) is allocated
a place by right to the Class World
Champs.. (i.e. selected by national
system ) Votes - 26 YES.
25 Approved: the Qualification
Events for Continental Championships
include events that form part of
continental Tours; and each National
Windsurfing Association (FW member
from that continent) is allocated
TWO places by right to the Champs.
Votes -23 YES.
26 Not approved. Definition of Open
and International events, and
Continental Titles to be reviewed.
Votes -17 NO.
27 Prize money structure for World
Championships to be reviewed.
7.3 CLASS RULES-
7.3.1 as time was not available, and
no changes could be made to Class
Rules for 2004, discussion was
limited to an invitation to form a
Working Party to rewrite and revise
the equipment rules . A
comprehensive task -that would need
a report from the WG by may 2004.
7.4 RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE.
(Voting delegates reduced to 22).
1 That the committee respect the
constitution and action AGM
decisions. Votes - 22 YES.
2 That the FW should be a High Level
Class; and base all future decisions
on that. Votes - 14 NO (FW IS a high
level class , but it is so much more
than that )
3 Rejected: as the Class cannot by
definition become "one -design
" ; and could not accept that
the Class had no responsibility to
its "recreational " /
amateur membership .
4 Rejected: as the content was
contradictory, and had also been
actioned through earlier decisions
of the AGM .
7.4.2 FW and OLYMPICS 2008. (Voting
delegates in the room 20)
1 APPROVED that "the FW Class
wants to see Sailboard Men and
Sailboard Women remain as two events
in the Olympic Regatta for 2008 and
beyond ". Votes - 20 YES.
2. 3 &4 Not Voted upon. Instead
a lively debate, upon the future
choice of equipment, concluded the
meeting. This included a report on
the recent presentation event in
Cadiz, and the forthcoming TRIALS in
Torbole (May 2004). The FW Europeans
at Torbole would follow this. It was
emphasised by the Chairman the
importance of the sport of
Windsurfing presenting, and
maintaining, a "united "
front towards this issue (and many
others)-as had been reflected in the
IWA White Paper (signed by all Class
Chairmen, PWA and the Industry
Representative) and other
Distribution: Class Committee
National Class Associations
13th October '03