IFWC : Annual General Meeting

   Fonte :           03/Outubro/2003



Friday 3 rd October 2003 at 8.00 pm .
Steigenberger Hotel, Neddesitz, Sagard, Rugen, Germany.

1. Welcome; and registration of delegates / Voting
1.1 Ceri Williams welcomed delegates and observers to the meeting on behalf of the Class and the organiser of the Championship, Uwe Ahlers, Mayor of Dranske.
1.2 CW congratulated the organisers for their achievement in securing the championship at such short notice , and for their efforts since the event started . Special thanks are also recorded for the essential contribution of Matthias Regber and the team at Choppy Water.

   DELEGATES.                       National AssocProxy Votes
1  Jani Paju (FIN)                  16            HKG –Ceri Williams
2  Krzysztof Jaszczynski (POL)      17            IRL-Ceri Williams
3  Miguel Martinho (POR)            18            AUS –Dorota Staszewska
4  Lieuwe Faber (NED)               19            ITA- Andrea Cucchi
5  Charles Schliemann (ESP)         Committee
6  Micah Buzianis (USA)             20            Ceri Williams
7  Marc Cardon (FRA)                21            Pieter Bijl
8  Ansis Dale (LAT)                 22            Dorota Staszewska
9  Gonzalo Costa Hoeval (ARG)       23            Andrea Cucchi
10 Wilhelm Schurmann(BRA)           Committee -   Proxy Votes
                                    Proxy Votes
11 Erik Rondeel (NOR)               24            Didier Flamme (Marc Cardon
12 Lucy Horwood (GBR)               25            Ian Fox (Pieter Bijl)
13 Matthias Regber (GER)            26            Phil Mcgain(Pieter Bijl
14 Johan Ekstadt (SWE)
15 Lars Pedersen (DEN)

1.3 Voting cards were presented to the committee and delegates.
1.4 CW explained the principles of the voting system ; the procedures for voting , an explanation of "simple majority " for making decisions on submissions and elections ,if held .

2. Minutes of the previous AGM -Sylt ,sept . 2002
2.1 The minutes were circulated shortly after the 2002 AGM, published on the FW website, and published in the IWA Yearbook(copies of which were circulated to this years AGM delegates )

3. Matters arising from the 2002 minutes
· Marc Cardon (FRA) questioned the validity of the election principles -his understanding was that he had been elected to fill the final place on the committee.
· KJ (Krzysztof Jaszczynski) confirmed that the process was correct, and had been approved prior to the 2002 AGM by Marc (then class Chairman).
· Furthermore the Minutes had been approved before publication.
· Minutes were approved -voting 19 yes, 2 no.

4. Chairman's Report
Overall a good year-but many challenges still face the Class.
The 2002 AGM recommended the new committee address 3 key areas:
· Agreements with Tour organisers (PWA and Euro -Cup)-and rationalising the Event Schedule. Some progress had been made in this direction, with close co-operation between the Class and organisers, and IWA. However no formal agreements (MOU) had been signed.
· Model Event Manual; standard NoRs and SI 's -to be formalised. Once again good progress had been made, although the "finished " article not yet ready!
· Clear Youth and Junior Policy needed. This was published before the year-end (2002) and implemented in 2003. Submissions to this AGM include modifications to that policy.
· More events and bigger entry to events; all the evidence points to substantial growth for the FW Class. The Europeans (May) had twice the entry in the Men's division compared to 2002 ; the Formula Festival -a new event -attracted an entry of 80 ,although the entry was down in the Youth Championship; the WORLDS ,despite a late announcement of dates , had 93 men and 23 women entrants (the biggest entry yet for a Women's Worlds )
· A report was received from South America -delivered by Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG). At the 2003 Championships (Vittoria, Brazil) it was agreed by delegates to work closer in the future with IWA and IFWC; the 2004 Championship was scheduled for Columbia. The 2003 event attracted 70 competitors from 5 countries; which included 5 competitors in the formula experience sub division.
· US Windsurfing Tour -increased dialogue with organisers of the Tour and some specific events (inc. the Velocity Games); over 134 competitors have competed in the FW division -more than twice the entry in the combined Open and Prodigy divisions. Key events -Mid Winters (Florida); US OPEN; and the US and Canadian Nationals.
- PWA held two FW Race events (Leba and Sylt);
- FW WOMENS CUP -included a very successful event outside of Europe-alongside the Canadian Nationals.
- EURO-CUP. Matthias Regber presented a brief report (full details on the euro cup website)- 7 successful events (2 late cancellations-lack of sponsorship); and over 220 competitors.
- Baltic Cup. Ansis Dale (LAT) gave a report on the series that is growing from 3 venues to 4 in 2004 .An average of 65 competitors for events.
* This trend of GROWTH has also been reflected in many National Windsurfing Associations.
· Short Term Goals (reflected in the submissions)
a) Youth and Junior Policy
b) Championship Rules
· Longer Term Goals
a) review/rewrite Class Rules (for 2005 /2008)
b) and Constitution review.
- Many thanks to KJ and Bogo for outstanding work on the website. Also we now have very good and, separate, Youth and Women's pages .
"Please send your contributions to YOUR site -everything is published -no censorship "-KJ.

5. Financial Statement
5.1 A report from the IWA Treasurer (John Ellis) was presented to the meeting -it included: Income and Expenditure by Class and Activity (1 st January to 31st August 2003), and a Balance Sheet (as at 31 st August 2003).
5.2 CW announced that the Accounts for 2002 had been published at the IWA AGM held during the Formula Festival (Torbole, Garda in July)-had been put on the IWA website; and circulated copies to delegates.
5.3 Clearly the big earners for the IWA were IMCO and IFWC; but it was "policy" to support all classes through general expenses
5.4 Explanations were asked, and given, for:
a) Other Income (IMCO) --this is the subsidy paid by Boards and More to the Olympic Class, an agreement valid until end of Olympics .
b) Salaries (IMCO) and ADMIN .-these apply to the IWA Executive Secretary ,Rory Ramsden, and IWA Administrative Secretary, Annie Smith .
c) Consultants Fees (Joint Projects )-a Study commissioned by the IWA Board :undertaken by Aristeia to review support for the IWA White Paper (Olympic Equipment for 2008 ) and proposals to promote the Future of the Sport . An Executive Summary has been published on the IWA website. Matthias Regber felt savings could have been made if wider consultation had been undertaken -as there were available similar results from a study already available in Germany.

6. Committee Elections
6.1 According to the Constitution there is no election in 2003.
6.2 However the Committee had co opted a representative from South America onto the committee -Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG); and were now asking the AGM to approve the co-option (Constitution Article 8.3) Approved -23 votes FOR. (Max 26 votes)

7. Submissions made by the committee and NWAs
Sub # Decision
1 The AGM approved the current and published Policy with amendments as follows. Votes -24 YES.
2 The AGM unanimously (26 YES) approved the following
- Sailors in the YOUTH age group can use all boards from the FW Annual List;
- Sailors in the JUNIOR age group shall be restricted to boards from the previous years FW annual list.
3/4 The AGM approved the additional restriction to be applied for World Championships: that Youth and Junior sailors' equipment be restricted to 3 sails and 2 fins. Votes -18 YES.
5 The AGM agreed to change the age group for YOUTH (from under 19) to UNDER 20; and to remove the Espoir division . Votes -22 YES.
6/7/8 Not voted, as not relevant due to above decisions.
9 That the Class hold one World Championship (i.e. combined) for Youth and Senior was NOT approved -yes 2 NO 24. Therefore item10/11 approved (i.e. YOUTH as part of the Formula Festival).
Sub # Decision
12 It was not approved -" that the World Championships should be decided by AGM 2 years in advance " -Votes -26 NO ; but it
13 was approved -that the date and place should be fixed not later than 6 months before the event; and the NOR and travel info published not later than 3 months before the event. Votes -26 YES.
14 AGM approved: the race venue for FW Worlds shall be within 200km of an International airport, and easily reachable by car. Votes -18 YES.
15/16 Not approved. The AGM recommended that the FW Worlds should rotate around continents when possible.
17 Approved: that the Class World and Continental Champs. Be limited to: 120 MEN and 60 WOMEN. Votes - 20 YES.
18 Approved: that the entry to World and European Champs. (For MEN) be via QUALIFICATION, and "wildcard " applications will only be allocated after the cut off date for Pre -entry (as published in the NOR). Votes - 20 YES.
19 Approved: that the (men's) Championship regatta be conducted as a qualification series of races, with competitors separated into two fleets; and a FINAL series of races, where competitors are placed in GOLD Fleet (competing for Titles and Prize money) and SILVER Fleet (competing for prizes). For the start of the Qs races the sailors will be seeded according to RANKING. Votes -18 YES.
20 Approved: the current format of limiting World, Continental (and Qualification) regattas to a max. Of 15 races; with max. 4 races per day; and min. of 3 races for a valid champs. Votes- 20 YES.
21 Approved: the qualification series shall consist of max. 8 races. Votes -20 YES.
22 Approved: the QUALIFICATION EVENTS for World Championships include Continental Champs, And a SERIES of major regattas worldwide ( a mix of the best events available ) class sanctioned and designated GRAND PRIX events . Votes -19 YES.
23 Deleted.
24 Approved: ONE representative of each National Windsurfing Association (FW member) is allocated a place by right to the Class World Champs.. (i.e. selected by national system ) Votes - 26 YES.
25 Approved: the Qualification Events for Continental Championships include events that form part of continental Tours; and each National Windsurfing Association (FW member from that continent) is allocated TWO places by right to the Champs. Votes -23 YES.
26 Not approved. Definition of Open and International events, and Continental Titles to be reviewed. Votes -17 NO.
27 Prize money structure for World Championships to be reviewed.
7.3.1 as time was not available, and no changes could be made to Class Rules for 2004, discussion was limited to an invitation to form a Working Party to rewrite and revise the equipment rules . A comprehensive task -that would need a report from the WG by may 2004.
7.4 RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE. (Voting delegates reduced to 22).
1 That the committee respect the constitution and action AGM decisions. Votes - 22 YES.
2 That the FW should be a High Level Class; and base all future decisions on that. Votes - 14 NO (FW IS a high level class , but it is so much more than that )
3 Rejected: as the Class cannot by definition become "one -design " ; and could not accept that the Class had no responsibility to its "recreational " / amateur membership .
4 Rejected: as the content was contradictory, and had also been actioned through earlier decisions of the AGM .
7.4.2 FW and OLYMPICS 2008. (Voting delegates in the room 20)
1 APPROVED that "the FW Class wants to see Sailboard Men and Sailboard Women remain as two events in the Olympic Regatta for 2008 and beyond ". Votes - 20 YES.
2. 3 &4 Not Voted upon. Instead a lively debate, upon the future choice of equipment, concluded the meeting. This included a report on the recent presentation event in Cadiz, and the forthcoming TRIALS in Torbole (May 2004). The FW Europeans at Torbole would follow this. It was emphasised by the Chairman the importance of the sport of Windsurfing presenting, and maintaining, a "united " front towards this issue (and many others)-as had been reflected in the IWA White Paper (signed by all Class Chairmen, PWA and the Industry Representative) and other initiatives.
Meeting Closed

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13th October '03