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IMCO annual report to the Windsurfing Committee - incorporating reports on both Mistral (MOD) and Mistral Junior(MJOD) One-Design Classes.

Due to the number of One Designs in the world and the sophistication of the class structure around the world, the class is in a strong position to provide MNAs everywhere the opportunity to develop windsurfing in their countries. The board is the current ISAF Youth Worlds equipment and hope to remain so for at least one more year.

The class made submissions to the ISAF November Conference asking for the MOD as the 2006 ISAF Youth equipment. This would surely help the Class in developing the activity in the Youth and Junior divisions.

The class has established a good working relationship with the manufacturer. In particular, Boards & More (B&M) has advised the class of their ability to supply spare parts (cassette box, mast track) for the old version of the MOD. Any request for these spares to the class, will be forwarded to B&M and from them to the local importer or, in case they will not be available, sent by freight. In the mean time B&M has confirmed the production in Cobra of the new board and the availability of 6.6 and 7.4 sails.

For the future and because nations consider the new RS:X as elite equipment only, some of the executive, are considering the introduction of a less expensive hybrid package to use for general competition nationally. It may be possible to seek ISAF approval for a new One Design class based on the Prodigy. The reason why this board is so successful in the USA is because the B&M distributor provided charter equipment to many regattas around the country as well as service personnel.

B&M has given the availability to do the same at major international regattas and work out a joint communications strategy to approach MNAs

At a recent meeting at the IMCO/FW Continental Championship in Japan, the Asian delegates agreed that they would continue to work with the MOD for a number of years (for sure until 2009). There are several reasons for this. The first being that they cannot afford to transfer all their programs onto new equipment in the short term; the Hong Kong Open and the 2006 Asian Games includes the MOD.

The meeting also expressed their concern over the qualification system for the 2008 Olympic Regatta as they feel this prejudices their chances of having athletes at the Games. Cascais, Portugal, will be a windy venue compared to China 2008.

IMCO will continue to organize world and continental championships as it has always done with the following changes. When there is a World Championship in Europe there will be no stand alone European Championship. When the Worlds are outside Europe, the class will organize a European Championship. The Youth division will be included in all championships . The class will continue to hold its Youth and Junior World Championships as part of the Junior, Youth and Masters festival.

MOD Class membership included 28 countries from 5 continents.  The IMCO World Championships (Mondello ,Sicilly) attracted 120 competitors from over 20 countries, representing 5 continents.

The Youth World Championships (Sopot-Poland) attracted 100 competitors from 15 countries, representing 3 continents.

MJOD Class membership included 18 countries from 3 continents.

The Junior World Championships (Sopot-Poland) attracted 90 competitors from 15 countries, representing 2 continents.

The Class has run many other national and international events and championships :

 

 

 

Date

 

Event Title / Venue

1

10-15 Jan 2005

Sail Melbourne International Regatta Melbourne, AUS

2

4-7 Feb 2005

Sail Auckland Regatta Auckland NZL

3

5-12 Feb 2005

31 international Carnival Sailing Week Vilamoura POR

4

25-28 Feb 2005

V International Carnival Regatta Cadiz ESP

5

25 Feb-2 Mar 2005

Athens Eurolymp Week Athens GRE

6

21-25 Mar 2005

HRH Princess Sofia Trophy Palma de Major... ESP

7

22-29 Apr 2005

Semaine Olympique Francaise Hyeres FRA

8

6-8 May 2005

100 Years of Rotary Regatta Bourgas BUL

9

9-19 May 2005

International Mistral World Champion... Palermo ITA

10

11-15 May 2005

Regatta Port Bourgas 2005 - Bourgas ... Bourgas BUL

11

19-22 May 2005

World Festival on the Beach Monobello, Pal... ITA

12

19-22 May 2005

Polish Yachting Association Trophy Puck POL

13

26-29 May 2005

Holland Regatta Medemblik, Net... NED

14

18-26 Jun 2005

Kieler Woche Baltic Sea / K... GER

15

24 Jun-2 Jul 2005

XV Mediterranean Games Almeria ESP

16

30 Jun-3 Jul 2005

International Austrian Lakes Week Neusiedl am See AUT

17

2-11 Jul 2005 68

Warnemunder Woche Baltic Sea / W... GER

18

14-23 Jul 2005

Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champ... Busan KOR

19

29 Jul-1 Aug 2005

Ilindenska Regata Ohrid 2005 Ohrid, Macedonia MKD

21

11-21 Aug 2005

Universiade 2005 Karsiyaka Sail... TUR

22

25-28 Aug 2005

CORK Regatta (Series 2) Portsmouth Oly... CAN

23

2-4 Sep 2005

Lipno Cere Regatta Lipno Lake CZE

24

6-12 Sep 2005

Mediterranean Race Sidi Bou Said ... TUN

25

7-11 Sep 2005

Open Balkan Champiosnhips Varna BUL

26

7-10 Oct 2005

Enoshima Olympic Week Enoshima, Kana... JPN

For next year, Europeans, Asian and World Championships are already confirmed as follows:

2006 Class Championships - IMCO, MJOD.

MOD Worlds:

Mistral Worlds (ISAF Title M/W) - China (Shenzhen) - 14/21 October

MOD & MJOD Worlds:

Mistral Masters (Class Title M) - Italy  (Marsala) - 30 July 6 August

Mistral Youth Worlds (ISAF Title M/W) - Italy (Marsala) - 30 July 6 August

MJOD Worlds Under 17th and 15th  (ISAF Title M/W) - Italy (Marsala) - 30 July 6 August

MOD & MJOD Continentals:

Asian Mistral ( MOD ISAF Title M/W)  - China  (Doha) - 1/15 December

European Mistral (MOD-MJOD ISAF Title M/W) - Italy (Palermo) - 15/21 May


Vincenzo Pottino.