A start of the race with Remi in the center (Pic: Albert Jean-Charles).
C7: You are the president of the class! What are your jobs?
Remi Vila: I take care that the federation around the world understands the concept, which is very interesting for everybody, particularly for the youth. From the age of 12 years on you can race with fun at an affordable price and it stays affordable until you are in the Grandmaster class. Plus don´t forget about the endless fun. For instance a hull with the biggest rig of 11m is approximately 3 times less expensive than Formula Windsurfing Board with the same size rig in Europe and the fun is almost the same. Of course it is also a very good class to discover new talents to continue to the next level with open Formula Windsurfing. The whole set includes a board + fin + foot-straps + mastbase + mast with 75% carbon + mast extension + alloy boom + cambered sail + harness lines + uphaul.
C7: FE is as a Class established in the ISAF in between 10 other windsurfing classes (Formula Windsurfing, Funboard, Kiteboarding, Kona, Mistral, Neil Pryde, RS:X, Raceboard, Speed Windsurfing, Techno 293). How is the FE performance of the class compared to the other nine classes? Is it a growing class compared to the other classes?
Remi Vila: We have one event for the ISAF World title and one for the European title each year and I can say, that FE is one of the most growing classes right now. South America for instance understands perfectly the concept and racer on this continent want to race on gear at an affordable price. And there are a lot of other countries, who have a lot of racers, who want to race, but are not on the top level or very rich.
C7: How many members does the class have in the moment and in which country are the most sailors registered?
Remi Vila: Right now the best country is Brazil with around 100 sailors, who practice. But other countries from South America have great numbers as well like Peru, Chilie, Mexico and some from Europe.
C7: How many countries support the class already?
Remi Vila: We have already 11 national members, which follow us.
C7: Formula Experience Class just announced the news, that the FE class will become a one Design Class from 2012 on. Is this a step forward?
Remi Vila: As I said it was the original plan in 2001 and now the Class is ready for this step. I believe that it will be a great step forward, already fully accepted by South America. And Europe should be very interested about this as well. Out of my view it can be promoted much easier. Plus One Design gives really the chance to all competitors to show their real value on the race course.