International Contender Association
Draft Minutes of
|Meeting started at 1740 hrs
Meeting ended at 2000 hrs
The meeting was opened by chairman Neil Smith.
Anyway... for my part of the business I must say I'm quite satisfied with how we have performed and what we have achieved. Several big turnout-events and a very important Worlds on the American Continent show everyone outside our circle, we are a very lively class. Let's keep it going that way!
My feeling still is: The Contender will only survive the severe changes within the Dinghy scene, if we make sure we present ourselves as a young, attractive SKIFF-LIKE class. We desperately have to work on our Image to attract young sailors. It does not help much to gather old farts like Neil and myself... We need the Kids! People like Christoph Homeier or Marcus, or Marco Versari!
So much from me this time,
Jan von der Bank
|Submitted 19 August, 2007 by Secretary Gil Woolley gil_woolley @ ieee.org (remove spaces)|
Joachim Harpprecht raised a question about whether the Secretary had the actual ballots in hand and questioned whether the
votes recorded represented actual individual votes or representative votes actually determined by a small number of people.
The Secretary promised to try to obtain the detailed voting records.
Support France. Budget Euro2000? Boat show has not worked. Euro 1000 per year per country?
Proposal, ICA should spend up to Euro 2000/ year on promotion. Emphasis on requesting
country should make a proposal before expenditure, obtain agreement with ICA. Proposed by
Chris Sutherland, seconded by Frank Whittington. Unanimous.
Championship Rules should be modified to include rules on when the fleet is so large that the organizers will split the
fleet into two or more fleets. Also specify the number of races per day.
Volunteers for committee to revise the rules included Mark Thorborg and Chris Sutherland.
Association Rules need del to Jan von der Bank. Committee
Canada has a new club boat which is helping build the class.
Webmaster is Duncan _________?
Tim Holden is stepping down as Treasurer, we need a new treasurer.
Mol Mollatt is stepping down as Technical Chairman. Need a new TC.
Class is growing.
U.K. is not growing.
Italy is growing.
Election of officers.
Greg Barrington had volunteered to take on the job prior to the meeting.
at the meeting, Marco Versari expressed interest in becoming Technical Chairman
It was voted to elect both Greg and Marco as co-chairmen. Vote was unanimous.
Treasurer. Jan Langendorf was put forward as new Treasurer. He was voted in unanimously.
President. Jan van der Bank was put forward to continue as President. The vote was unanimous.
Secretary. Gil Woolley expressed willingness to continue until the Worlds in 2009. He will
not attend the Worlds in Denmark but can deliver the minutes of the 2008 meeting so that the
new Secretary may be elected and take office at the start of the AGM in 2009.
Chairman: Neil Smith agreed to stand for reelection to the office of President. The vote was unanimous.
Ron Duffield wishes to step down as International Measurer. He is in good health but is 81 years
of age. Peter Hixson is interested in training up to take on the job.
2009 Worlds are in Denmark are scheduled to use Travemnde Woche as the preWorlds.
Dates Wednesday 19 July to Saturday 22 July will be the preWorlds
Two days off to move boats to Denmark (2 1/2 hour drive)
Measurement for the Worlds Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July plus practice race.
Worlds from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July.
2010 Worlds at Brisbane organized by Royal Queensland Yacht Club (RQYC)
The venue features camping and apartments on site.
2010 Europeans will be held at La Rochelle, France. 6 meters of tide will add spice to the mix.
2011 Worlds will be in Weymouth, U.K.
Discussion of a Worlds in the fall of 2012 in Southern USA giving time for Europeans to sail
their summer meetings and events and then ship their boats for some late fall sailing.
Proposals for rules changes.
Propose that the rules be changed to permit multi-part masts. This may have been envisioned by the
ballot a few years ago. We may not need to submit this to a world-wide ballot. Possibly ISAF
changed the rule from multipart to two part masts. They may agree to change to multipart.
Reason: to enable breaking down masts into shorter sections for more economical transport aboard
aircraft and in shipping containers. Vote in favour: unanimous.
Proposal to permit modern electronic compasses which can display GPS, speed,
Velocity made good. Only 3 in favour. Vote failed.
Proposal to clarify intent of rules to explicitly preclude chines. Exact wording to be
worked out with ISAF. A few persons have expressed interest in building a Contender
with chines. Gil Woolley argued that if such a boat was sailed by an extremely good
sailor, it might appear that the new shape was superior. This would have the effect
of making obsolete all existing hulls and hull moulds. The rule change or clarification
would make it clear that a Contender hull may not have chines. Vote was unanimous in favour.