DEFI 12 CONDITONS GB

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DEFI 12 CONDITONS GB

Rules


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The Defi Wind is a race, organized for everyone, pro and amateurs.

Nevertheless you are the only one who can judge if you are able or not to run in the hard

conditions you could meet here in Gruissan.

To launch a race, the average wind must be over 15-20 knots minimum. You have to know

that the safety device has to be deployed in its entirety (50 buoys and 50 boats).

So there is little chance to run the Defi Wind with a South East wind and waves!

Overview – DEFI WIND 2012

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--> Minimum age required: to have completed your 13th year on 17 May 2012

--> No « official » start will take place in wind < 15 knots.

--> Weight vest shall be strictly prohibited..

--> Wearing a wetsuit is compulsory.

--> There are no restrictions on equipment.

--> Identification will be through the numbers allocated by the organization.

--> Discard: only 1 heat discarded for the race (from 4 heats validated).

--> REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT LIMITED

--> ANY INCOMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

--> In case of non-participation and/or cancellation, The registration fees and temporary permit fee will be not

reimbursed.

--> SENT ONCE YOUR REGISTRATION IS CONSIDERED AS DEFINITIVE

--> CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 15 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF YOUR FILE

--> The bib number DEFI WIND IS SUBJECT OF A DEPOSIT. A deposit of 30 € must be paid upon delivery of

numbers and will be returned AT THE END OF THE DEFI WIND. IF THE RACE NUMBER IS NOT RETURNED AT

THE END OF THE DEFI WIND (Sunday, May 20) The deposit will be cashed.

Contact: defiwind@beachconcepts.org

DEFI WIND – 9 rampe pech des moulins – 11430 Gruissan - France


information

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Registration fees:

It includes: Cost Management and General Organization, Official Défi Wind Tee Shirt and Luggage, the Official

Saturday night Dinner.

From January 16th till April 16th (3 months), registration fees are fixed (excepted the temporary French Federation

Sailing insurance which is compulsory / will be delivered on site).

From April 17th till May 17th (depending on availability), registration fees are significantly increased (+ 100 %).

On the 17th of April we have a very good visibility of the event and our needs especially in terms of nautical

equipment (security boats and so on…).

RULES

--> Priority Safety

Beyond the rules of priority, every rider has to do his best to avoid a collision. Good to know

On the same way, the one who “overtake” has to deviate from the one who is “overtaken”.

On different ways, the one who is “bâbord” (left hand near the mast) has to deviate from the one who is “tribord” (right

hand near the mast).

--> The sign in and sign out, before and after the race is compulsory

You have to sign at the annotating table (the location will be specified during the first skipper meeting) before

you start running. You have to sign again when you are back, even if you have given up. This system allows us

to know who is back and if we have to go and look for you in the water.

Caution: the no-respect of the annotating start or back brings the permanent exclusion of

the Defi Wind. Of course, you have to respect all others rules of the organization too.

--> The race

One to “go and return” through at least 8 mile (15km). There is no maximum distance!

--> The limit time

It is the one of the last rider who wants and can finish. We will wait for him.

--> The discards

Only one discard will be retained from 4 ran races and whatever the final number of races.

--> The start

It is a “rabbit start”. You have to cross the line after the rabbit. The count of the starting procedure (H-60’) is

announced on the beach. The rabbit goes from the bottom line (the widest point), till the beach.

Contact: defiwind@beachconcepts.org

DEFI WIND – 9 rampe pech des moulins – 11430 Gruissan - France


ules

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--> The arrival

It is judged by the arrival boat (a big sail boat) and a buoy just behind. You have to pass between the back of

the boat and the buoy.

Be careful: if your number is not visible, you won’t be classifiable.

Caution: if you pass the finish line without having done the entire race, you might be disqualified

for all the weekend.

--> The jury

It is the king, and will do its best for everyone to have fun, for the spirit of the Defi Wind to be expressed and

for you to respect it.

--> The race area

It is located between the beach and the “curtain of safety buoys”. It is formally forbidden to leave the race

area.

--> The safety buoys

We put a “curtain” of buoys in the wide (map). They materialize the limit of the race area. If you cross this limit

you will be disqualified. Do not hesitate using them as resting spot by hanging on them. It is a good way to

stand by or to wait for a boat without deviating.

--> The equipment

- An isothermal wetsuit is compulsory for everyone (at least 3mm Shorty).

- You have to wear your lycra (Bib number). It has to be worn on all other equipment (bag, camel bag…). The

number has to be readable as long as you run; it is the only way for the organization to identify you. If you give

up, you have to report your number instead of your name.

- You have to carry a 3 meters long of rope (minimum 4 mm of diameter) in order to hang up easily to a boat or

a buoy.

- The weighty vest is forbidden.

--> Signals of distress

In case of physical or technical problems :

- Do never leave your equipment. Under no circumstances.

- Do never leave your rigging. Under no circumstances. (Your board will be your best raft and your rigging will

avoid you from going away).

- Do not swim alongside your equipment, you would be less visible for the help.

- Sitting down on your board, move your arms slowly up and down.

Be careful and observer. You are the most efficient safety for other riders around you. And THEY are your safety.

That is although the spirit of the Defi Wind!

Contact: defiwind@beachconcepts.org

DEFI WIND – 9 rampe pech des moulins – 11430 Gruissan - France


local advise

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--> The dangers area

Be careful, in Gruissan we oft sail near the beach looking for unlimited speed. But it is not without danger!

- Sailing to the South (to the Vieille Nouvelle Beach) you will pass near a “West cardinale”, you have to let it by

your right side. There is a “hydrant” (prise d’eau). We already let some fins and motors…

- Caution, at the mouth of the pond of Ayrolle, there are a sandbank and a lot of alga…

- Be careful to the variation in water level, it depends on the wind…

- Off Gruissan and the Ayguades (1mile), there are 4 cardinal buoys: it is a no-sailing area.

If you see them, you are on a wrong way!

--> Direction and strength of the wind

The Tramontane is a sector north wind, generally North West, which means at 315°, so from the beach.

Before starting, try to check the forecasts of the day. If it is more North (370°), be careful, the first way will be

downwind but when you come back you will have to sail upwind. You might have to starboard tack. If it is more

West, don’t worry, it will be happy!

The Tramontane is always less windy on the Chalet beach side.

--> The clapot

The farer you sail, the hardest it becomes sailing. You can’t go fast without getting tired. It is better to tack in

order to slide on the flat water.

The shortest road is not always the fastest!

--> The sandbank

If the water becomes brown, it means that the sand is closed. Hang off your harness and keep your foot in the

straps in order to anticipate a possible strake.

--> The harness lines

Double the harness lines by using two different sizes. Depending on the evolution of the wind, you will find by

yourself, which is the most adapted length.

And if one breaks, you still have one!

--> The start

The rabbit goes from the bottom line (the widest point), till the beach. You have two options:

1. Going from the wide at the top but being obliged to go upwind in order go back alongside the beach.

2. Go from the edge later but without having to upwind.

Contact: defiwind@beachconcepts.org

DEFI WIND – 9 rampe pech des moulins – 11430 Gruissan - France


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DEFI WIND

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11430 Gruissan - France

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