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International Mistral Class Organisation
an ISAF "International" windsurfing class & founder member of the INTERNATIONAL WINDSURFING ASSOCIATION

NOTICE OF RACE
2004 Mistral Asian Championship
2004 Mistral Asian Junior & Youth Championship
&
2004 Raceboard Asian Championship
December 26th, 2003 –January 3rd 2004
Daya Bay, Shenzhen, China

1. EVENT
The 2004 Mistral Asian Championship (MAC) will be held from December 26th,  2003 to January 3rd  2004 and will be supported by the 2004 Mistral Asian Junior & Youth Championship (MAJYC), Raceboard Asian Championship and China Open. The MAC will count towards the ISAF World Sailing Ranking List and towards the Mistral Asian Ranking List.

2. ORGANISER
The Championships will be organized by the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA) together with Longcheer Yacht Club of Shenzhen in association with the Local Organising Authority (LOA), for and on behalf of and under specified conditions laid down by IMCO International in co-operation with the ISAF.

3. VENUE
The event will be based on the Daya Bay Shenzhen.  Air temperatures in December are expected to be 20C>26C with wind speeds of 5-15 knots depending on the time of the day.  Water temperatures are likely to be above 22C. 
 
4. RULES
4.1 This is an ISAF sanctioned event governed by:
4.1.1 The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing for 2001>2004 ("RRS") Including App. B Sailboard Racing Rules;
4.1.2 The current Raceboard, IMCO & MJOD Class Rules and the MOD 2003 Championship Rules.
4.1.3 The Notice of Race ("NoR") and the Sailing Instructions (SI). 
4.1.4 Where there is a conflict between Class Rules and the NoR, the NoR will take precedence;
4.2 The classes are classified as a category 'C' class as set out in ISAF Regulation 20 - Advertising Code.

5. ELIGIBILITY & DISCIPLINE
5.1 All entries shall meet the requirements of RRS App. 2.
5.2 A minimum of 3 races is required for a valid championship in that fleet/division.
5.3 Competitors shall be members of the relevant national class association or paid up individual international members.
 Membership formalities can be completed on site.
5.4 Competitors shall possess valid third party liability insurance.
5.5 Mistral & Raceboard competitors shall race separately.

6. CLASSES
6.1 Mistral Asian Championship (MACC)
6.1.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline 'Open Entry'  event for Division (A) & (B).
6.2 Mistral Asian Junior & Youth Championship (MAJYC)
6.2.1 The championship shall be a single discipline event sailed on Mistral One Design Boards for boys and girls of divisions Youth (C), Junior (D) and Minim (E).
6.3 Raceboard Asian Championship (RACC)
6.3.1 The Championship shall be a single discipline 'Open Entry' (subject to national qualification) event sailed on  “Raceboards” for men heavyweight (J), men lightweight (K) & women (B). They shall race separately, each in a 10 race series over 5 days.

7. DIVISIONS
7.1 Gender: Men (A); Women (B);
7.2 Age
7.2.1 Youth (C) is a man or a woman who is less than 20 years old;
7.2.2 Junior (D) is a boy/girl who is less than 17 years old;
7.2.3 Minim (E) is a boy/girl who is less than 15 years old;
7.2.4 A competitor must have reached the minimum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st , 2003.
7.2.5 A competitor must not be older than the maximum age limit, in the relevant division, by Dec. 31st , 2004
7.3 Weight
7.3.1 A Heavyweight competitor (J) shall weigh more than 70kgs   
7.3.2 A lightweight competitor (K) shall weigh less than 75Kgs 
7.4 A minimum of 5 entries is required to constitute a 'fleet' or a division within a fleet.
 
8. EQUIPMENT  
8.1 All competitors may bring their own equipment.
8.2 The LOA will prepare a limited amount of charted equipment on a first come, first served basis. The cost for one set of Mistral-OD equipments is US $ 150 including the rig and sail. The damage deposit for one set of equipments is 100 USD.

9. MEASUREMENT
9.1 It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that his/her sailboard and equipment conforms to Class Rules.
9.2 Measurement and equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
9.3 Competitors shall be on site from 9.00hrs on December 26th  2003 for registration & measurement.

10. SAIL INSIGNIAS
10.1 National letters & sail numbers comply with Class Rule C.9.2. Otherwise they shall comply with RRS App G 1.2 for craft less than 3.5 m in length. (Alteration of RRS Appendix B7.2)"

11. BUOYANCY
11.1 If personal buoyancy is prescribed, each competitor & support boat crewmember shall wear, above the waist, a jacket, harness, or vest with a minimum buoyancy of 4kg. uninflated, in fresh water. The buoyancy shall be tested with a ferrous metal weight of 4kg. which shall remain supported for a minimum of 5 minutes.

12. LIABILITY
12.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The LOA, CYA & IMCO or any of their officials or representatives or the sponsors or their officials or representatives are not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury either ashore or on the water either to persons or equipment, which may result. Participation in this event, supporting events and in each race in them is at the sole discretion of the sailor and at his/her own risk. Notice is drawn to RRS 4.

13. COURSES
13.1 Olympic trapezoidal  courses shall be used.

14. SCORING
14.1 The RRS low points scoring system(App. Section 1 A4.1) will apply. There will be no discard. This change the MOD 2004 Championship Rules 9.

15. INTERNATIONAL JURY
15.1 An International Jury will be appointed in accordance with the RRS 70.4. Their decisions will be final and cannot be appealed.

16. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS (SI)/EVENT PROGRAMME
16.1 The 'Championship SI' will be available at registration as will the Event Programme scheduling social events.

17. COACHES
17.1 Coaches are required to register in advance.
17.2 There may be a general coach boat if demand is sufficient.
17.3 Coaches are required to wear a buoyancy aid when the "Y" flag is flown.

18. SCHEDULE
Dec 25th              Arrival 
Dec 26th              0900hrs                    Registration/Measurement
Dec 27th              0900hrs-1200hrs      Registration/Measurement
                            1300hrs                    Opening Ceremony
                            1500hrs                    Practice Racing 
                            1930hrs.                   Welcome Party
Dec 28th-Jan 1st  1100 hrs                   First Possible start/ Racing
Jan 2nd                1100 hrs                   First Possible start/ Racing
                            1430 hrs                   Last possible start.
                            1930 hrs                   Trophies / Closing Party
Jan 3rd                Departure

19. MEDALS AND PRIZES
19.1 Medals may be awarded to the first three Men/Women in each Class/division depending on entry numbers.

20. TELEVISION AND MEDIA
20.1 In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organising Authority 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, for the said Championship as defined in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions in which he/she participates without compensation.

21. BIBS/VESTS & COMPETITORS SAIL BRANDING.
22.1 During racing, competitors may be required by the organisers to wear bibs/vests carrying the event sponsors' branding; and carry the event sponsor's advertising on their sails. The maximum area that the event sponsor’s branding may occupy is 600mmX1000mm immediately below batten #4

22. DRESS CODE
22.1 Smart casual clothes will be required for the Opening & Closing Ceremonies.
22.2 The organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to any person to such events if in their opinion their standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion

23. ACCOMMODATION
Competitors will be accommodated at a cost of US $ 50 per day including three meals. 

24. AIR TRAVEL/TRANSPORTATION
Take international flights to Hong Kong International Airport and then take the bus or Taxi to the boarder to Shenzhen(30Min. drive) and cross the boarder Gate where you will be met by a Representative of the LOA who will assist in your transfer to your hotel/accommodation on your own expenses which will cost US$10. Or you could take the flight to Shenzhen(US$10 for picking up) or Guangzhou (US$20 for picking up)where you will also be met by a Representative of the LOA who will assist in your transfer to your hotel. Please fax the LOA your flight details advising the number of people in your party and the amount of equipment/luggage to be carried. 

25. REGISTRATION
25.1 The registration office during the regatta only will be in the club house. 
25.2 Competitors will be required to produce the following prior to completing registration formalities on site:
            - Original Regatta Entry Form (Form 1)
            - Evidence of valid third party insurance to the liability value of US $2500000
            - Proof of age (Passport)
            - Parental/legal Guardian Assent (Form 2) if needed
            - Measurement Form signed by the Official Measurer
 25.3 For more information, please contact:
            Chinese Yachting  Association, 9 Tiyuguan Rd,  100763, Beijing, China
            Tel:  +86-10-67113677  Fax: 86-10-67112793
            Mrs. Meng Shuxia:       E-mail: mengshuxia@sohu.com
 
26. ENTRIES & PAYMENT
26.1 Competitors shall fax +(86) 10 67112793 or mail an official entry form (Form 1) The Entry Forms may be send by e-mail from CYA secretariat on your request.
26.2 Entry fees shall be paid at the time of registration by cash.
26.3 Entry fee is US $ 100 of which 25% will be paid by the organisers to the IWA on behalf of and with the agreement of the class concerned.
26.4 Entry shall be made before 20th of December