ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the International Raceboard Class Association
Date: Thursday 25th September 2014.
Venue: Club de Vela Blanes, Girona, Spain.
1. Delegates and observers were welcomed to the meeting.
Paul Leone, Class Chairman, sent his apologies for not being able to attend this year, and proposed that Ceri Williams, Class Secretary, chair the meeting.
The register of delegates and email votes was as follows:
Fernando Consorte - committee member present
Ceri Williams - held the proxy vote from Murat Tuten, committee member, however, it was decided not to use that vote unless required.
With 18 votes present the meeting was declared quorate.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting - there were no matters arising.
3. Chairmans Report
Ceri Williams delivered a brief report on behalf of the Chairman.
It was in many ways another successful year for the class with a near record entry at this years worlds (116 entries and 14 races), and a good entry for the Europeans held in Sopot (60 entries and 14 races).
Continental Championships had also taken place in Australia (Oceanics - 24 entries) and Argentina (South Americans - 31 entries); an African championships will follow in December, in Algeria.
The Youth and Masters Worlds organiser has yet to be contracted but it is hoped to find a venue for the end of the year.
4. Financial Statement
Ceri Williams outlined the accounting structure of the IWA and the class. The Raceboard class delivered a small surplus from activity in 2013. If this could be maintained, or increased, the class would have a small budget for class projects in 2015.
2013 Statutory Accounts - Directors Report/Financial Statements submitted to Companies House
6. Class Championship Rules
(i) The proposal to update to CCR 8.3 - Group Racing - was approved: 15 YES/3 NO
7. Future Championships and venues
(i) 2015 Masters Worlds - Sopot, Poland, 15-20 June
(ii) Spain presented 3 possible options (venues) including a 2015 Europeans in Cadiz.
(iii) Australia were not able to commit to hosting a 2015 Worlds; it was agreed the class should look forward to (and plan to) conclude a Worlds contract for November 2016 in Brisbane.
(iv) Sopot (SKZ) were offered the option to host the 2014 Worlds instead of the Masters Worlds - they have accepted the offer.
8. Any Other Business
(ii) It was agreed that the development of youth and senior age group sailors was a priority; and it was evident that there was a slow but definitive growth in these divisions. Expanding the raceboard championships into festival events for daggerboard classes (old and new) could only advance this trend.
(iii) REDRESS. It was agreed that the class committee should prepare a policy which could be adopted at 2015 championships and be ratified and/or amended at next years AGM.
Meeting closed at 22:30hrs
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