Minutes of Annual General Meeting 2001
Held August, 2001 at Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Held August, 2001 at Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Minutes of previous AGM at Medemblik, Netherlands: Approved with no further changes.
Chris Mitchell - See proposed Championship Rules changes below.
No written report submitted from Manfred Kieckbusch.
We estimate that there are 600 Contenders world wide. We know of the sale of roughly 50 boats during the year 2000.
A proposal was put forward by Treasurer Manfred Kieckbusch.
It is presently difficult to collect dues to ICA from the member National Contender Associations. Manfred's proposal is to change from annual dues per class member to the sale of a token with the purchase of each new sail. The action on this item is for Manfred to write down the proposal and have it voted upon at the AGM in Melbourne.
Shortfall at the Kingston Worlds. The Canadian Association put forward a request that the ICA cover a CAN$900 shortfall. This shortage occurred because it had been reasonably expected that about 40 competitors would enter the Worlds at Kingston and in fact only 31 had entered. Budgeting for the event had expected the fees from 40 entries. The measure was proposed, seconded and approved.
Benjamin Voigt proposed placing Contender advertisements aimed at younger sailors in magazines such as (but not limited to) the International 420 and the Cadet.
Election of Officers
The following persons were elected to the following offices
President: Arthur Brett AUS-279
Chairman: Søren Andreason DEN-44
Technical Chairman: Alan Mollatt GBR-540
Treasurer: Manfred Kieckbusch GER-474
Secretary: Gil Woolley USA-204
2002 Worlds: Melbourne, Australia in January 2002
Bill Bell, commodore, described the planned regatta including accommodations or lodging for most competitors. Wharfage fees in Melbourne shall be covered by the Australians on behalf of the the containers full of Contenders coming to the Worlds in Melbourne.
2003 Worlds: Plymouth, Great Britain. Third week of August.
2004 Worlds: Riva on Lake Garda was proposed for the end of the summer. This was approved unanimously.
2005: Is open.
2002 Europeans: Hellerup, Denmark (20 minutes from Copenhagen). July or August
5 days racing, car camping, gymnastic room. Manfred Kieckbusch adds that this is the club from which Paul Elvström sails. Lars Schrøder presented.
Chris Mitchell briefly described proposed changes to the Championship Rules.
The major changes are:
- Simplified championship committee.
- Permit two races per day.
- Low point scoring system.
- Preliminary Notice of Race required 6 months in advance of the event.
- Final Notice of Race required 3 months in advance of event.
The proposed changes have been posted on the class web site and will be reviewed and may come to a vote at Melbourne AGM in January 2002.
Gil Woolley proposed a rule change to the booms to permit a taper of the section after the outer black band. The justification is that at several World Championships, booms have been rejected at measurement because of a taper cut into the outer end of the boom. Evidently, in some countries some competitors have
come to believe that a taper is permitted but the International Measurer has required the equipment to conform to the rules which presently forbid a taper.
A "fix" has been observed wherein an aluminium can is taped to the outer end of the boom in such a way to conceal the taper. This "fix" may be dangerous to other boats and competitors during the regatta. The purpose of the rule change proposal is to make the meaning of the present rule much clearer so that no more boat owners cut a taper into their booms and to permit a very limited taper.
The proposal K was approved by over two thirds of those present. It was agreed that a postal ballot on this change will be deferred until after the 2002 Worlds at Melbourne so that if further rules changes are approved, one postal ballot may be used to seek approval of several items at one time.
Rule 15.1: Change from: The boom shall be constructed of inherently straight aluminium alloy extrusion(s) and shall be of constant external dimension throughout its length, except the track may be cut away to a total length of 200mm with the band at the tack and/or clew to avoid fouling the sail cringle(s). The section may be cut away or tapered to accommodate tack and clew fittings.
Change to: The boom shall be constructed of inherently straight aluminium alloy extrusion(s) and shall be of constant external dimension throughout its length, except the track may be cut away to a total length of 200mm with the band at the tack and/or clew to avoid fouling the sail cringle(s). The section may be cut away or tapered to accommodate tack and clew fittings. The section may be tapered at the clew end beyond the outer limit band.
Submitted by Gil Woolley, Secretary dated 28 August, 2000
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