Following the 2009 AGM the results of the election for Executive positions was announced with Bruce Andersen named as Chairman and Robert Grubisa as VC Technical.
The balance of the positions were either uncontested or there were no nominations. The uncontested nominations were David Turton (Treasurer), Olivier Cohen (VC Events), Pedro Egea (VC Infocomms) and Barry Fox (Secretary). There was no candidate for VC Measurement.
Subsequently, there was some question concerning the allocation of votes that was applied for countries that held multiple electoral votes. There was also discussion about what rules actually governed how those votes should be applied. Continue reading
The AGM resolutions that require RSD ratification are with the Exec for proof reading, theyâ€™ll be sent shortly.
Bruce and the ESC are busy with arrangements for the Worlds 2009 in Barbados. An application for 2011 has been received from GBR and looks very promising. Iâ€™m hopeful that itâ€™ll be accepted reasonably soon.
Despite the fact that we seem to have only just completed an AGM, another is looming! The ESC is arranging a date during the Worlds to hold this yearâ€™s AGM, notice will go out soon but itâ€™s worth starting to think about resolutions now. Itâ€™s also worth remembering that the Executive Officers positions are due for election this year. Iâ€™d be very pleased to see some competition for the Exec jobs and Iâ€™m very keen to seen each Exec Officers role filled with someone motivated to make a contribution.
The various sub committees are also under staffed, let the VCs know if you feel you can help out.
Itâ€™s been some time since I last wrote, frankly there hasnâ€™t been much to say & Iâ€™m not sufficiently time rich to write a monthly missive about nothing.
Bruce and the ESC continue to work with CRO towards getting everything in place for the Europeans and itâ€™s shaping up well.
The Exec are discussing the format for this years AGM, the consensus if for an electronic format. Details will follow.
The fact that the Exec and World Council are quiet would suggest that the majority of IOM owners are content with the Class as it is. The individuals that contact me, however, seem to have a different view; apparently there are issues that the class really ought to address and IOMICA is here to address them.
There have been a number of issues that Iâ€™ve thought to be of particular interest and have brought to the attention of the various sub committees, however it has been the opinion of the majority of the Exec that without input from owners, via the World Council, there is no mandate for action. This is, after all, how an ICA works, on behalf of its members, if those members arenâ€™t asking for anything then they must be happy.
I donâ€™t necessarily agree with this position, but again, itâ€™s a situation at the control of our members; if there are issues you think the Exec needs to address then start making some noise.
Those among you that do think action is needed, talk to your sailing buddies, gather some support and contact you NCA / NCS. The AGM is coming up & now is the time to address the issues that concern you.
The ESC has accepted the bid for the 2008 European Championships from CRO and weâ€™re looking forward to an excellent event.
The IOMICA CCR are in the process of being updated with the changes from the AGM and will be released shortly.
There are other events around the world that are open to international competitors; Malta, Spain and France have all recently announced dates as well as most NCA national championships welcoming international entrants. The Exec wishes them all the very best for their events.
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The Exec is looking into the possibility of bring information about such events together in one place, via an additional events page on the IOMICA website.
Disappointingly, we are still suffering from a terrible lack of feedback from the World Championships. Neither competitors nor organisers seem willing to offer their opinions. You must have opinions, weâ€™d love to hear them, please get in touch.
Questions have been asked about the legality of the recent Emergency Class Rule Change; the TSC is considering the situation and will respond shortly.
Opinions have been solicited from the World Council on the way forward for dealing with similar Class Rules anomalies (battery indicators and rig fittings spring to mind immediately), as yet the response has been limited. Hopefully more opinions will be forthcoming.
The TSC is also taking another look at the question of batten reinforcement at the leech. Something that has been raised previously and discussed at length within the Exec. Unfortunately a conclusion failed to emerge from those discussions and the question remains open. The TSC may well solicit opinions in due course.
Another recurring question is that of who should retain measurement forms, Registrars or Owners. Some of the larger NCAs are beginning to struggle with paper overload apparently. The MSC is considering the question. Again, opinions may well be solicited in due course.