The AGM was chaired by ICA Chairman SŅren Andreasen. He welcomed the attending members and thanked the German Contender Association for organising a good championship with 117 entries.
1. Minutes of Annual General Meeting at Riva del Garda, Italia were approved as posted.
2. Technical Chairman Report:(Alan Mollatt)
2a Report on the worldwide postal ballot. All measures passed. Details may be reviewed at:
2b: Reported that the ICA have loaned AUS$10.000 to the Australian Contender Association to create a new mould for building glasfibre boats in Australia. The loan will be repaid by including the amount of AUS$500 in the price of each boat sold. The sale of 20 boats is sufficient to repay the loan.
2c: Thanks to measurer Ron Duffield for the rapid and comprehensive measurement process which he led and directed at Travemünde. Far better than last year.
2d: John Bagh of Denmark recommended that the class amend its Championship Rules to require that each Contender carry a towline specified to be 8 mm diameter, 15 meter long, floating. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour.
2e: Nick Grace of Great Britain spoke on behalf of the British Contender Association. he said that the primary builder in Great Britain, recommends that the class change its rules to permit epoxy to be used with glasfibre in addition to the presently permitted polyester and vinylester resins. Andrea Bonezzi of Italia spoke in favour also
Joachim Harpprecht of Germany spoke against this. This is what he said: “1. If Epoxy is better, this would make existing boats obsolete.
2. For me it is not a good argument if a single builder who has never built a Contender wants a rule change that may influence all the existing builders. Why can he not read the rules and build a boat according to the rules as the aussies do?
3. As a builder I am concerned of warranty problems that may arrise with osmosis between a polyester gelcoat and an epoxy laminate. To avoid this boats have to be spray painted this costs another 1000 Euros and will make the Contender more expensive and thus less attractive.
4. Let us have a sportive, affordable Contender and not just sit like Buddah in superhightech boats and drift along the reaches without pumping! “
. Chris Sutherland (Australia) spoke against this saying that it would make existing and new boats built of the present resins obsolete. The vote was 10 in favour, an overwhelming number were opposed. The measure did not pass.
2f. Andrea Bonezzi of Italia spoke in favour of changing the class rules to include the
weight of the centreboard support (stirrups) in the weight of the hull. After some discussion, it was decided not to vote on this but defer to a future meeting.
3. Treasurer’s report.(Tim Holden) There is a balance of Euro 21,099. Tim reported that payments to the ICA by various nations have been poor over the last three years. Countries which are current in their payments are:
Countries which have not made payments for the years 2003, 2004, 2005 include
Expenses in the last year include 1500 Euro for the 2004 Worlds Video
and the boom stickers. ICA contribution of 50% of the entry fees for the Worlds to three junior competitors
4. Secretary Report (Gil Woolley) See attached page.
Gil also reported that he has been tasked with identifying and listing all of the perpetual
trophies which are to be awarded at any World Championship and also the recipient of
each trophy at each World Championship.
Albrecht Dellius announced that the GCA has created a new Women’s trophy
to be awarded to the top woman sailor at the Worlds.
5. President’s report. Tim Holden declined to present a president’s as he has
stepped down as President in order to take on the office of Treasurer.
6. Chairman’s report: (SŅren Andreasen.) discussion about a new brochure. 24 in favour, 18 opposed.
Request to add the secretaries of the various nations to the brochure.
7. Election of officers: Most of the discussion regards the position of President since
former President Tim Holden decided to step sideways into the position of Treasurer.
Chairman SŅren Andreasen pointed out that at present the various officers come from a number of countries and that it is probably a widespread feeling that having too many officers from one country can cause problems of lack of representation. Since Great Britain is already represented by Technical Chairman Alan Mollatt and Treasurer Tim Holden, it would be good to find a President from another country. He then recognized Albrecht Delius who proposed Manfred Kieckbusch for the office of President, which he accepted..
8 New business.
8a: Chairman SŅren Andreasen proposed that we change the class rules
to permit pumping (actually suspension of rule 42 Propulsion) within our class rules. He pointed out that a number of classes have modified their class rules to permit pumping and that ISAF rule making has changed in such a way that it is now necessary to modify the class rules in order that rule 42 be suspended. 37 were in favour, 8 opposed 45 total. 82% in favour. This change must be subjected to worldwide postal ballot and approval by the ISAF.
8b. Jan van der Bank spoke regarding the image of the Contender class, the German media and recommended that the class identify the Contender as a Skiff. The boat was designed in Australia, in Australia, the word “Skiff” is used to denote a dinghy and that in the present milieu skiffs are considered to be exciting and new. He recommended that we purchase rights on the Internet to the words contenderskiff.org.
2006 Perth, Fremantle, Australia 7-14 Worlds, 4-6 Australian Nationals. Boats will ship from Europe in a container in October
2007 Medemblik, Holland in mid July
2008 Kingston, Canada. It was recommended that one or more Canadians attend the Worlds at Fremantle to promote the Worlds in Canada.
2009 Deliberately no decision but possibilities are Finland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Serbia Montenegro.
2010 Brisbane, Australia
2006 Traunsee, Austria end of August
2008 Cervia, Italia; May decide to change to Northern Italy to reduce driving distances for German Contender sailors.
8e Communication between ICA and national class associations
The GCA requested that in future only the elected and officially representing officers will be approached with respective topics with copy to national secretary, e.g. postal ballots on technical items to be sent to the German Technical Chairman. The national secretary is always responsible and in charge by law, so he should have a copy of correspondence.
9. Chris Sutherland spoke about Perth/Fremantle in January 2006. It is a town
of 1.000.000 people. It is windy and hot.