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Australian Windfoil Championship 2020 - at RQYS

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Created by bushfire 25 days ago, 19 Sep 2019
bushfire
NSW, 279 posts
19 Sep 2019 6:58PM
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This season's Australian Championship (racing) is being hosted by RQYS at Manly, Brisbane between January 31st & February 2nd 2020 and is sponsored by Starboard Foils. This is the 3rd Australian Windfoil Championship and the first to be held in Queensland.

The official website includes online entry, access to the Notice of Race and some useful club information ;

www.revolutionise.com.au/rqys/events/50028/

We are hoping for a good turn out of foil aficionados, including some hotshot kiwi racers. The freefoil division is perfect for foilers new to racing and/or racers new to foiling.

See you there

jusavina
QLD, 1209 posts
22 Sep 2019 10:18PM
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Where the 2020 National will be held:

Paducah
533 posts
23 Sep 2019 1:52AM
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bushfire said..
This season's Australian Championship (racing) is being hosted by RQYS at Manly, Brisbane between January 31st & February 2nd 2020 and is sponsored by Starboard Foils. This is the 3rd Australian Windfoil Championship and the first to be held in Queensland.

The official website includes online entry, access to the Notice of Race and some useful club information ;

www.revolutionise.com.au/rqys/events/50028/

We are hoping for a good turn out of foil aficionados, including some hotshot kiwi racers. The freefoil division is perfect for foilers new to racing and/or racers new to foiling.

See you there


Hope this isn't too terribly off-topic but - what are the parameters (sail size, course, etc) of the freefoil division? I didn't catch anything in the NOR. We are trying to encourage foilers locally to race and were looking for ideas.

bushfire
NSW, 279 posts
23 Sep 2019 1:04PM
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Hi Paducah,
The freefoil division has the same equipment "restrictions" as the open division;

ATTACHMENT 3
EQUIPMENT RULES
Competitors are free to use any board with the only restriction being that a board shall not exceed a "beam" width of 1005mm.
All types of board are permitted -production boards and custom/prototype boards.
There is no restriction on the dimensions of the foil; only one foil set may be registered and used during the event.
One foil set is defined as: -1 mast -2 fuselages -2 pair of wings (2 front and 2 back)
Three(3)different sized sails can be registered and used during the event.
A sail may not exceed 10.0 sqm in area.

The freefoil division sail a "shortened" course - generally this means one lap of the course compared to 2 laps for the open division, but actual course details for the divisions are set by the RO on the day and explained at the briefing.

Paducah
533 posts
23 Sep 2019 12:50PM
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Hi Paducah,
The freefoil division has the same equipment "restrictions" as the open division;


Many thanks. Best wishes for a successful Championship.

AUS299
NSW, 62 posts
23 Sep 2019 7:22PM
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Are helmets compulsory?

CJW
NSW, 1571 posts
23 Sep 2019 9:50PM
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Yep, interesting to know if they mandate the EN 1385 standard though?

Rolz
QLD, 50 posts
24 Sep 2019 3:02PM
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bushfire said..
Hi Paducah,
The freefoil division has the same equipment "restrictions" as the open division;

ATTACHMENT 3
EQUIPMENT RULES
Competitors are free to use any board with the only restriction being that a board shall not exceed a "beam" width of 1005mm.
All types of board are permitted -production boards and custom/prototype boards.
There is no restriction on the dimensions of the foil; only one foil set may be registered and used during the event.
One foil set is defined as: -1 mast -2 fuselages -2 pair of wings (2 front and 2 back)
Three(3)different sized sails can be registered and used during the event.
A sail may not exceed 10.0 sqm in area.

The freefoil division sail a "shortened" course - generally this means one lap of the course compared to 2 laps for the open division, but actual course details for the divisions are set by the RO on the day and explained at the briefing.


Nice for us newbies to maybe have a go

bc
QLD, 657 posts
24 Sep 2019 3:09PM
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Wouldn't it make more sense to limit sail size to say 8.0 and maybe only alloy(mast) foils in freefoil division . then a lot of those foilers might feel they have a chance

Steve Charles
TAS, 1109 posts
24 Sep 2019 4:46PM
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I have entered, should be fun

CJW
NSW, 1571 posts
24 Sep 2019 6:33PM
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bc said..
Wouldn't it make more sense to limit sail size to say 8.0 and maybe only alloy(mast) foils in freefoil division . then a lot of those foilers might feel they have a chance


I believe there are purposely no real limits so no one is excluded no matter what gear. Going by previous events most people in the freefoil division typically didn't use sails large sails anyway, but I think it's important not to exclude someone that might have smaller old formula sails that wants to enter their first event? It also makes sense for someone who wants to get into racing to buy say a second hand carbon foil, but they may feel like the open division is a bit much straight up, should they be excluded from freefoil?

Ultimately the field spread will be huge even in the open division so I think it's up to the individual to pick the division that suits their skill level the best, regardless of gear. Just my thoughts.

DarrylG
WA, 212 posts
Friday , 11 Oct 2019 5:01PM
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Good to see the entries already starting, and a few internationals as well. :)))))


jusavina
QLD, 1209 posts
Friday , 11 Oct 2019 10:44PM
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What's after gandmasters? I've heard Brendan is going to change categories after the 26th of this month.

da vecta
QLD, 2424 posts
Saturday , 12 Oct 2019 6:41AM
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You're lucky there's no red thumbs anymore Savina.

Tinlyds
NSW, 166 posts
Saturday , 12 Oct 2019 12:34PM
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bc said..
Wouldn't it make more sense to limit sail size to say 8.0 and maybe only alloy(mast) foils in freefoil division . then a lot of those foilers might feel they have a chance


Exactly, why would I enter with my Slingshot Infinity when I would be up against someone who has a full race setup and wants to do one lap ? My personal opinion is free foil should only be open to non race foils. Just something to think about for future events. Good luck to everyone ??

da vecta
QLD, 2424 posts
Saturday , 12 Oct 2019 1:42PM
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It is the National Windfoil Championships and it's intended to be for competitive racing. Most of the top are former Formula, Raceboard or RXS top riders. The 'Freefoil' division is for those wanting to try competitive racing but may not have the experience yet for the main fleet. The term 'Freefoil' may be a fairly loose term but it has been used for the last two nationals to mean the second level of rider and to be all inclusive of foils and board. Recently 'Freefoil' has come to mean a more fun style of foiling and I think BC is right that eventually it could become a separate division. However, for this event 'Freefoil' is open to all those with top race foils or other and are keen to race but aren't yet ready for level 1. The two levels with one and two laps really help the start boat rack up the amount of races in each session as the top people aren't waiting too long for the others to finish. Hope this clears this up a bit and we hope to see you guys there.

CJW
NSW, 1571 posts
Saturday , 12 Oct 2019 2:42PM
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Tinlyds said..

Exactly, why would I enter with my Slingshot Infinity when I would be up against someone who has a full race setup and wants to do one lap ? My personal opinion is free foil should only be open to non race foils. Just something to think about for future events. Good luck to everyone ??


Because you just want to have fun? You never know you might surprise yourself....but you'll never know if you never have a go. The problem is when you limit stuff it's a game of where do you limit it, what is allowable and that's a huge grey area that becomes a nightmare to enforce.

If someone really wants to sandbag the freefoil division and enter it on a full race kit and are well capable of sailing in the open fleet there is nothing really stopping them but everyone always knows what's up and it's not really in the spirit of that division.

Ultimately if you are interesting in racing you're probably going to get a full race foil setup and see where you stack up, yeah, nah?

Maybe in the future if we get really big numbers there might be a case for having divisions, you could have say a 'sligshot division' as they seem to be the most popular freefoil but with the current numbers that's not really a reality.



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