News regarding FSR-World and the new association that will replace it!
As many of you will be aware a new committee was formed
at the recent FSR World Championship in Dessau. The purpose of the
committee is to establish an organisation to cater for the needs of the
V, H & O sections, and to provide a stable foundation to enable our
hobby to grow and be successful.
Following Dessau the committee have had many
discussions on the best way to proceed and it was decided that two
changes were required.
A new name
A completely new organization
We felt that the name FSR is too closely linked to
Naviga. Naviga are already advertising next year’s Naviga event in Görlitz as the FSR World Championship 2015. To avoid confusion we felt
it was necessary to leave behind any similarities that might associate
the new organization with Naviga. Due to English being the common
language between most participating countries we felt that IMBRA
(International Model Boat Racing Association) would make it clear to
everybody who we are and that we are an independent organization.
Deciding to start a completely new organisation was a
difficult decision; however after a lot of thought and numerous
discussions the committee felt it was the best option for our hobby.
Jörg and Martina have done a fantastic job setting up FSR World and
providing the platform for a new committee to be elected. We will be
forever grateful to them and hope that we will be able to fulfil their
motto “run by the racers, for the racers”. Moving forwards it was
decided that German Law can be quite complex and looking to the future
the organisation needs to be accessible to all current and future
As stated previously English is the common language of
most countries, and by forming the main organisation in England it is
hoped that the legal side, constitution, documents etc will be available
in a manner that everybody can understand and work with. Legally a
minimum of one Director is required to set up a new private company
within the UK. (It is likely that we will have a minimum of one
Director and one Secretary however this is still to be confirmed). For
a small fee it is possible to file a change of Director/Secretary with
Companies House so that legally the Director and Secretary will always
be current committee members. Any changes to the Director and/or
Secretary can be easily filed online therefore making it easily
accessible from any country.
Once again we would like to thank Jörg and Martina for
all of their hard work and for being brave enough to provide an
alternative to Naviga. With Jörg arranging the open election of a
committee the racers were able to elect a group of people who are
committed to helping our hobby grow and who are focused on improving our
sport for the future.
I am sure you will all agree that there is a lot of
work to be done and we will try to keep you informed and provide as much
information as possible. Please keep visiting the site for further
updates and if you have any questions or suggestions please use the
contact us page.
Letter from Ian Folkson (the new President of FSR-World):
Fellow FSR Racers
As many of you know in August 2014 the first FSR World Championships was held in Dessau (Germany). 21 Countries attended and a total of 481 boats took part. FSR World was started by Jörg Banasak and a big thank you must go to Jörg and Martina for organizing the Championships.
At the Championships an open meeting took place where many competitors attended and it was decided to make a committee to run FSR World. Nominations were made and the next day all teams were asked to vote.
The Committee voted in to take FSR World further is:
President: Ian Folkson (UK)
Vice President: Erich Costa (France)
Treasurer: Lauren Daniel (UK)
Non European Representative: Landon Chin (Hong Kong)
V Representative: Robert Mecdorf (Poland)
O Representative: Anton Chernenko (Russia)
H Representative: Martin Fields (UK)
Junior Representative Ross Waumsley (UK)
The committee would like to thank Jörg Banasak for starting FSR World and giving the FSR racers the chance of a new beginning.
After the committee was elected we had two short meetings to discuss what was needed next. We discussed that countries could join FSR World for a low fee of 50 euro per year as at the moment we do not need much money for running costs.
We are looking to hold a World Championship in 2016 for V H & O classes. We have started discussions with some countries but are open to offers from other countries if they wish to hold the Championships either combined or split with H & O or V.
The committee are preparing a list of what is necessary to run a World Championships and once our website is updated it should be available as a download.
We discussed a new rule book which is being worked on now and we discussed changes to how the Championships are held to try and make them better for both racers and the people hosting the event.
We will try to include B and C finals in all classes to give competitors more races.
We will also bring in some sort of rule to stop team driving and deliberate attempts to take another competitor out.
We will look at stronger red cards for abuse of other racers and judges on the pontoon.
We want to introduce maximum half days for the judges and lap-counters as all day is too long to be on the pontoon and still judge properly.
We will be asking countries teams to help at Championships in watching for missed buoys. This will allow the judges to concentrate more on the racing.
We will also be asking teams to provide crews for the rescue boat during the event. This will help organizers who do not have enough volunteers to fill all of the jobs.
We are also planning to give excess money to the country holding the World Championships plus increasing the entry fees and giving this money to the country holding the event.
We also discussed a possible championship/league run over various races during the year and a ranking system to determine the Champion in each class. This could be in Europe and Asia for all classes.
We are open to the ideas and suggestions from our fellow racers and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact any member of the committee with your ideas and we will take them into consideration,
Starting Monday July 28 the alternative 2014 FSR Championships in Dessau Germany will kick off with a week of Off-shore and Hydro racing. Then there is a week of FSR-V racing that ends on Friday August 8.
That last weekend in June we raced the third Swedish Hydro and OTA Nats in Ludvika. But the attendance was generally very low (not running the H15 & H27 classes either) and the weather was cold and wet. Not the optimum conditions as the lake is a little bit high also above sea level making it difficult to get the high-nitro fuel to burn...