Bulletin 1

National Orienteering Competition and World Ranking Event (WRE)

FinnSpring in Sauvo, Finland, April 20, 2019

We’d like to welcome you to the FinnSpring orienteering competition in Sauvo with WRE status in classes M/W21E and M/W21EB.

Event organizer

Orienteering club Paimion Rasti

Main officials

Event Director:        Matti Tahvonen, matti@paimionrasti.fi +358 44 3029728                

Course Setter:        Jukka Oksa jukka.oksa@gmail.com ‭+358 50 356 1661‬

Info and Media:        Liisa Ahonen ahonen.liisa.r@gmail.com +358 50 521 8325‬

English-Speaking
Contact Person:        Antti Veijalainen
veijalainen.antti@gmail.com; +358 44 5463624

Course Controller:        Ilkka Saarimäki ilkka.saarimaki@gmail.com 

WRE Event Adviser:        Vesa Elovaara vesa.elovaara@icloud.com; +358 50 5579068

Event information

Rules

The rules of the Finnish Orienteering Federation as well as instructions given by the organizer and the International Orienteering Federation will be applied in the competition. The rules of The Finnish Orienteering Federation are available on the website www.suunnistusliitto.fi.

Classes

Classes H21E (=M21 Elite), D21E (=W21 Elite), H21EB (=M21 Elite B) and D21EB (W21 Elite B) have WRE status.

Participants in classes H/D21E will be selected according to the Finnish Orienteering Federation’s instructions. Those not getting selected into H/D21E classes are placed into H/D21EB classes.

Long distance in WRE classes. Estimated winning times appr. 90 (H21E) and 75 (D21E) minutes.

In classes H/D21E, the competition is also a Finnish national team selection race for World Cup.

Punching system

Electronic Emit punching system will be in use.

Entries and entry fees

Entries and payments should be made primarily through IRMA service or, alternatively, via email: silja@paimionrasti.fi. All WRE competitors make an entry to classes H/D21E (no entries to EB classes). Entry fee for WRE competitors is 40 €.

Emit card number must be included in the entry. The need for a rental Emit card has to be indicated in the entry. If Emit card number is missing, the organizer will reserve an Emit card and charge 5 €.

It is not possible to pay through Eventor. The bank details for entry fee payment without access to IRMA are as follows:

Account owner:        Paimion Rasti

Bank name:         Lounais-Suomen OP

Bank address:         Vistantie 21, 21530 Paimio, Finland

IBAN:         FI26 5319 0420 0058 65

BIC:         OKOYFIHH

Entries and payments have to be made no later than Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

It is also possible to enter late at double fees. Late entries and payments are to be made primarily through IRMA service by Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. or, alternatively, via email: silja@paimionrasti.fi by Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 12:00 noon.

IOF ID

WRE athletes have to include their IOF IDs in their entry. Athletes who don’t yet have an IOF ID will get one by registering a user account in IOF Eventor: https://eventor.orienteering.org/Register

Competition map

Scale 1:15 000, contour interval 5 m. Digital CMYK printing in 4/2019. Map size A3. The competition maps are in plastic cases.

Embargoed area        

The competition area is indicated on this link: http://www.karttarekisteri.fi/kartta2015/index.php/pages/map/8470 

Competitors are not allowed to train in or otherwise enter the embargoed area prior to the competition.

Terrain

The competition area mainly consists of detailed bare-rock terrain typical of southwestern Finland. Runnability is mostly very good. Some flat areas and marshes also exist between hills. Biggest single elevation differences on the courses are appr. 30 metres.

Timetable of the competition

The first start of the competition is at 11:00 am. The start is located at a walking distance of 3.4 km from the competition centre. Details of a possible quarantine zone for H/D21E classes will be announced later. No quarantine zone in H/D21EB classes.

Food and beverage

There will be basic food and beverages at a moderate cost available at the event centre.        

Guiding and venue

Signposts will start from road 181 (navigation address: Järvenkyläntie 1, Sauvo). Arriving to competition is allowed only from the road 181. The driving time to the parking area is appr. 10 min. Parking takes place on road edges, max. 2.5 km from the competition centre. Parking is free for cars with 3 or more passengers. Parking fee for cars with 1 passengers is 12 € and 6 € for 2 passengers. Prefer full cars!

The competition centre has a hard bottom.

Training opportunities

There will be several trainings available in nearby terrains a couple of weeks prior to the competition. More information on these can be found closer to the competition on the organizer’s website: http://www.paimionrasti.fi.

Accommodation and travelling to Sauvo

Sauvo is easily reached via E18 motorway from Turku (40 km) and Helsinki (145 km). There is no public transport to the event centre.

You may look for suitable accommodation in Turku region on this website: http://www.visitturku.fi/en/majoitus.

Weather and clothing

In April, the weather in south-western Finland could be anything from pleasantly warm and sunny (up to 20 degrees °C) to very cold, windy and rainy (down to 0 °C). Competitors should be prepared for a changeable weather.

Visa requirements

According to current regulations, citizens of some countries must obtain a visa in order to enter Finland. Please check the following website for more information: http://www.formin.fi.

Visas should be applied for at your closest Finnish Embassy. Please note that conditions of entry may change and all participants are advised to keep themselves updated on the current situation by consulting their local Finnish Embassy.

Final event instructions, start times and other information

There will be more information on the organizer’s web page closer to the date of the competition.

Bulletin 2 will be published in early April.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Sauvo on Saturday April 20!