International Contender Association


Draft Minutes of
Annual General Meeting
18 July, 2007
Submitted by Gil Woolley, Secretary

Meeting started at 1845 hrs

Meeting ended at 2046 hrs

The meeting was opened by chairman Sren Andreasen.
Chairman's report:
The Contender world is going well.
There is a shortage of good used boats. With a smile, he implored
all sailors attending to sell their present boats and buy new ones.
He said that we need to have the various nations pay their dues on time.
Member discussion followed regarding the identity of the nations
which have not paid and some proposals for penalizing helmsmen
at the Worlds who come from non-paying nations.

Treasurers's report:
Tim Holden handed out many copies of the treasurer's report.
Treas report
Tim described some nations have supported boat shows within their
country without obtaining agreement from the ICA and then have tried
to subtract the amounts from the dues to be paid to the ICA.

The officers want any projects that would involve ICA funds to be
proposed and approved in advance of the commitment of expenditure.
Spending the money first and asking permission later is not good

Technical Report:
Alan Mollatt reported that the ICA had approved sending Finnish
sailor Martin Sderstrm as our representative to the ISAF meeting
in May at Helsinki (where Martin lives). We have received positive
feedback from ISAF representatives and Martin also thought it was
well worthwhile.

David Chivers . . . Mol, what did you say?

Secretary's report:
Minutes of the 2006 AGM at Fremantle, Australia were posted prior to
this meeting. The vote was taken to approve the minutes.

Secretary's report:
Annual General Meeting 2007

Currently there are 513 members of yahoo-groups
compared with 664 in 2006,
559 members in 2005 and 386 members in 2004.
Note, we count email addresses. There are certainly
duplicate and/or abandoned email addresses in the count.

New boat sales figures.




























2395 boats have been issued plaques representing new
boats since the inception of the Contender class in 1969.
(Through the end of 2006)

Builders new in 2006/2007:
Windrush in Western Australia
Karsten Kraus in Germany
Gosling Sailcraft in U.K.
None now in North America, an issue limiting potential

Signed Gil Woolley
Secretary International Contender Association

Election of Officers:
The chairman identified three incumbent officers who wished to continue
their service:
Treasurer: Tim Holden of U.K.
Technical Chairman: Alan Mollatt of U.K.
Secretary: Gil Woolley of USA
Then he nominated for the position of President: Jan van der Bank of Germany
Then he nominated for the position of Chairman: Neil Smith of Canada

Dissent was quickly quelled and the vote for the proposed slate was approved

Kingston, Ontario Canada 16-17 August CORK (North Americans and tune-up?)
Then 19-23 August Worlds
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
53 Yonge Street
Kingston, Ontario K7M 1A1, Canada
(613) 545-1322
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
Foxtrot racing area
44 9'19.62"N

The Race Committee is very well prepared. They are currently
running the Volvo Youth Championships.
If sufficient competitors enter, then there will be day trips, a
sunset ceremony and a boat cruise.

European Championships 2008 in Italy
1st week in June in Punt Ala, Toscana (Tuscany)
Big camping area

Worlds 2009
Propose Denmark. First Danish Worlds since 1985. The vote was yes.

Worlds 2010
Propose Brisbane in January or November

Worlds 2011
Propose U.K. Likely Weymouth. Slot in early July.

New Business.
Rule Change Proposal
Four rules changes proposals by Andrea Bonezzi were posted in the
days before the AGM

16.1 Remove the text "and its retaining fittings". This permits
the centreboard fixing to remain in the boat when the centreboard
is removed for a weighing.
Yes 31 No 0 Passed unanimously 100%.

7.1ii Remove (ii) in order to allow plastic boats to be built in epoxy.
Yes 20 No 15 failed Only 57% in favour,

13.8 Change minimum tip weight from 2.5 Kg to 2.3 Kg.
Yes: 39 No 0 Passed unanimously 100%.

New deck layout proposal. Andrea Bonezzi proposed that the
class authorize the expenditures of funds to build a more optimized
cockpit section on either a new hull or a used hull changing
only the look from the shrouds aft and not changing the hull shape
at all. Proposal failed.

Proposal to remove the present requirement for a towing eye to be fitted.
Considerable discussion about whether such a towing eye would pull out
and how useful that it is. It was noted by observation that many of the
boats at this Worlds were not fitted with a towing eye.

The vote after this discussion was to not change the present rule. That is
to continue to require that all Contenders must be fitted with a towing eye.

Proposal to permit the centreboard and lines to remain in the boat for
a measurement at a major regatta such as the worlds. Further to assume
that the centreboard adds 3.5 Kg and the lines add 0.5 Kg. This does not
affect the class rules but rather the procedure to be followed at a major
championship. Mol (Alan Mollatt will change the procedure. The new
procedure will be used at the Worlds at Kingston.)

Submitted 19 August, 2007 by Secretary Gil Woolley gil_woolley @ (remove spaces)