30th Calema Midwinters Festival & Kona North American Championship 2016 – CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that the 2016 event has been cancelled.  We hope to be able to run the 30th event in 2017.

2016 is the 30th Anniversary of  The Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival.  It will continue the tradition of bringing together World Cup Pros, One-Design Competitors, Olympic Class Competitors, Beginner sailors and all other levels in between. We will also once again be hosting the KONA North Americans. All KONA sailors from around the globe are invited but only those from North America can earn the title of North American Champion.

We will have classes for all skill levels and type of equipment – A Fleet // Sport Fleet // and Youth and Juniors classes to choose from along with Masters. Whether you like racing Formula, KONA, Techno, long or short board, we have a class for you.  2016 will even host a Division II class (by request).

Want to Learn to race? – Join our WORKSHOP FLEET or Bring a friend or family member to join a LEARN TO WINDSURF Session. They can package the Learn to Windsurf session with a Non-Racer’s package & save $50.

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11/11/15 – Posted 

30th Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival including the
2016 KONA North American Championship

Merritt Island, Florida, USA – TH, March 3rd to SUN, March 6th.

An International Windsurfing Association Sanctioned Event


1.2 The 2016 Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival and KONA North Americans includes racing in – Formula, Kona, RSX, Techno, Longboard, Division II, Sport Fleets and once again the WORKSHOP (Learn to Race) Fleet and LEARN TO WINDSURF lessons- from Thursday, 3rd of March to Sunday, 6th of March – 2016. The event includes the KONA North Americans.
1.3 For the Kona North Americans – sailors from any nation may enter the event – only those sailors from North America will qualify for the title of North American Champion.


2.1 The Championships will be organized by Calema Windsurfing for and on behalf of, and under specified conditions laid down by, the International Windsurfing Association in cooperation with the Kona International Association.
2.2 This event is organized in conjunction with the US Kona Association, and under the authority of US Windsurfing & US Sailing.


3.1 The event will be based at Calema Windsurfing and Watersports, In Kelly Park – 2550 N. Banana River Drive, Merritt Island, FL 32952, USA
3.2 Conditions to be expected – winds 5 to 25 knots; water temperatures 21 degrees Celsius; air temperature 15-28 degrees Celsius.


4.1 This is an IWA sanctioned event governed by:
4.1.1 The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing – Windsurfing Competition Rules (WCR);
4.1.2 The Kona Class Rules and Championship Rules for Kona Class.
4.1.3 The Techno Class Rules for the Techno Class.
4.1.4 No National Authority prescriptions will apply.
4.2 If there is a conflict between the Notice of Race and the Sailing instructions (SI’s), the SI’s shall take precedence.
4.3 If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.


5.1 ISAF Regulation 20 – Advertising Code – shall apply.
5.2 Competitors may be required to carry advertising for event sponsors – both on their sails, and on a lycra vest if supplied by the organizer.


6.1 Membership formalities can be completed on site.
6.2 In advance entries shall be online via Calema’s website (See link at end of NoR)
6.3 Competitors shall provide the following documentation prior to completing registration formalities on site:
Parent/legal Guardian Assent – for those under age 18
Medical treatment permission – for those under age 18
– Proof of age (for those in age divisions)


7.1 The entry fee is US $155 for all Adult A Fleet divisions and $145 for Adult Sport Fleet & WORKSHOP divisions.
7.2 Entry Fee for all youth/junior divisions $125.
7.3 Early entry fee online should be paid by February 20, 2016 to avoid late fees. Late registration online (2/21/16- 3/1/16) is an additional $20 on all divisions. Onsite registration is an additional $40.
7.4 The Coach Entry Fee / Non-Racer Fee is US $80.
7.5 Two sessions of LEARN TO WINDSURF will be held – one Saturday & one Sunday. Cost is only $25 if coupled WITH a non-racer package or $75 by itself.
7.6 Entries made on site shall be made in cash (US$) only or a US credit card.
7.7 Entry fee includes – Welcome Dinner (TH night) / 2 more dinners (F,Sat) / 3 lunches (F,S,S) & Event T-shirt.  Plus great racing!


8.1 The participating classes and divisions will be:
8.1.1 Formula Class – A – PRO Men, PRO Women, Men, Women, Masters, Grandmasters, Youth // Sport – Men, Women, Youth
8.1.2 Kona Class – Men, Women, Masters, Youth (U17), Junior (U15)
8.1.3 RS:X Class – Men, Women, Youth Men, Youth Women
8.1.3 Techno Class – Youth (U17), Junior (U15)
8.1.4 Longboard – A – 3/1 // Sport -7.5 Limited // Division II
8.2 Age Divisions
8.2.1 An under 17 Youth shall be born in or after 2000; an under 15 Junior shall be born in or after 2002.
8.2.2 A Youth (RSX) shall be under the age of 19, born in or after 1998.
8.2.3 A Youth (Formula) shall be under the age of 20, born in or after 1997.
8.2.4 A Master is a man who has reached the age of 35 and born 1980 or earlier, or a woman who has reached the age of 30 and born 1985 or earlier.
8.2.5 A Grandmaster is a man who has reached the age of 45 and born 1970 or earlier, or a woman who has reached the age of 40 and born 1975 or earlier.
8.2.6 A Senior is a man who has reached the age of 55 and born 1960 or earlier, or a woman who has reached the age of 50 and born 1965 or earlier.
8.3 General
8.3.1 A minimum of 3 competitors is required to constitute a division. Those entries accepted that do not constitute a division may sail in another division as defined by the Race Committee.


9.1 Event Schedule
Thursday, March 3rd – 2016
1400 to 1800 hours — Check in and Late Registration A Fleet
1730-1930 — Welcome Party – CALEMA SHOP
1900 — Skipper’s Meeting – A FLEET – CALEMA SHOP
Friday, March 4th – 2016
1000 1st possible Warning signal – A Fleet
1500-1800 hours – Check in & Late Registration Sport Fleet
1730-1900 — Evening Social for all Competitors
Saturday, March 5th – 2016
0800-0915 — Check in and Late Registration — Sport Fleet
0900 1st possible Warning Signal – A Fleet
1000 — Skipper’s meeting – Sport Fleet
1100 — WORKSHOP FLEET Starts
1830 — Dinner Party – Event Center – Clarion Hotel, Merritt Island
Sunday, March 6th – 2016
0900 1st possible Warning Signal – A Fleet
1100 — WORKSHOP FLEET Starts
TBD (by wind) – Awards Ceremony
9.2 The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 0900 hrs, except on the first day 1000 hrs.
9.3 The warning signal for the last race of each day shall not be made within 60 minutes of the official sunset time.


10.1 It is the responsibility of each competitor to ensure that his/her board and equipment conforms to its Class Rules, and an Equipment Inspection form is returned to the Event Inspector before the start of competition.
10.2 Equipment checks may be made throughout the event.
10.3 Competitors may bring their own equipment. A limited amount of charter equipment is available.
Please contact Sherry at Progressive Sports (sherry@progressivesports.com) to charter your KONA (board only) or complete with rig.


11.2 The SI’s will be available at registration, as will the Event Program scheduling social events.


12.1 Courses shall be as prescribed in the SI’s.


13.1 An independent Protest Committee will be appointed in accordance with WCR 91(a).


14.1 Scoring will be in accordance with RRS WCR, and using the “low Points Scoring System.”
14.1.1 When 1 to 3 races have been completed, a board’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
14.1.2 When 4 to 10 races have been completed, a boards series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
14.1.3 When 11 races have been completed, a board’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her two worst scores.
14.1.4 This changes RRS WCR A.2.
14.2 Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series.


15.1 Support boats shall clearly display their national 3 letter country code in black on a white background, either on a flag of a minimum of 50cm x 40cm in size or on the cover of their outboard engine.


16.1 On completion of registration and continuing until the end of the regatta, when ashore (other than when launching and retrieving), all equipment shall be kept in their assigned places at the event site. Removal of any equipment from the regatta site may require prior written approval from the race committee. Access to equipment in the storage area during certain hours, including hours of darkness may be restricted.
16.2 Unless otherwise directed by the organizer, all competing boards and equipment shall be launched and retrieved from the designated area at the event site.


17.1 Medals or trophies shall be awarded to the first three competitors in each Class / Division depending on entry numbers. Categories to be awarded in each properly constituted division will be posted on the official notice board after the close of registration.


18.1 Personal buoyancy is mandatory for competitors under 17 and recommended for all other competitors.


19.1 Competitors take part in all races at their own risk. The organizer, IWA, Kona 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.
19.2 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.


20.1 All competitors shall have 3rd party liability insurance.
20.2 All coaches and boat drivers shall have third party liability insurance.


21.1 In registering for the event, competitors automatically grant to the Organizing 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 Instruction in which he/she participates without compensation.


22.1 Attendance at the Opening Ceremony, Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony is mandatory.
22.2 The organizer reserves the right to refuse entry to those whose standard of attire is not commensurate with the occasion.


23.1 For help with travel arrangements, car & van rentals / shuttle services / or gear transport – please contact our travel agent – Celeno West – at 800-231-7740 or celenow@gotravelintl.com
23.2 HOST HOTEL: The host hotel for 2016 is TBD.


24.1 For further information please contact: Susie Dornellas or Tinho @ Calema Windsurfing and Watersports
PHONE: 321-453-3223

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Pictures from Friday 2013: Formula, Kona, RSX, Longboard, Techno