2020 European Championship awarded to ITA – Orbetello.

Dear colleagues,

The IOMICA Events Committee (EC) has received a total of three 3 bids from 2 two National Class Associations (NCAs). One bid from Portugal, and two independent bids from Italy to host the 2020 European Championship.

On receipt of the bids the EC challenged the NCA of ITA as to why two signed bids had been submitted. After much communication and in-order to not get involved in the NCA of ITA internal politics it was agreed by the members of the EC to accept both bids and judge them independently on their own merits.

The EC reviewed the three following submissions:

  • Castiglionese ITA
  • Póvoa do Varzim POR
  • Orbetello ITA

The EC reviewed the bids and produced a follow up questionnaire. It was at this stage I regret to inform the executive committee that the NCA for POR withdrew their bid due to a change in circumstances with the proposed host club. The EC would like to put on record it’s thanks to the NCA of POR for their bid and would like to encourage a future bid from the NCA.

The two bids from The NCA of ITA returned their questionnaires promptly and continued to answer all questions generated by the EC. The EC analysis of both locations included reviewing weather wheels, contacting fellow sailors and the information provided by the proposed hosts. These are the findings of the EC.

  • Castiglionese: A good prevailing wind with a good alternative course if required. However it can suffer from weed growth.
  • Orbetello: The Prevailing wind is from a South / South West direction with an excellent course for South west wind but limiting from North/South. Has provided evidence for all wind eventualities however some will be from fixed point of sailing.
  • Orbetello is closer than Castiglionese for airport links and both venues have large quantities of close accommodation.

Despite both ITA venues submitting strong bids, it is the opinion of the EC that based on the venue location providing a navigable course (100% weed free) and strong recommendations from other skippers. Both of these factors supported the EC’s ultimate selection to award the 2020 European Championship to NCA ITA – Orbetello (25 April to 2nd May provisional dates to be confirmed in NOR).

The EC would like to put on record it’s thanks to all involved in the Castiglionese bid for yet again submitting a strong bid, however would like to raise a matter of concern relating to the IRSA Events Committee Chair trying to pass influence of the IOMICA Events Committee to look favourably on Castiglionese due to it not being selected to host the Radio Marblehead World Championship 2020. The IOMICA EC would like to state that all future IOM Championship venues need to be awarded solely on merit, and merit alone.

Rob Walsh



World Council Members:

Please find the attached 2018 Annual General Meeting ballot results spreadsheet reflecting both the voting strength of the individual NCA’s and their cast ballots.  It should be noted that the resolution focusing on increased financial transparency received overwhelming support from everyone (95%), whereas the topic of a more concise format for future European Championships was defeated by just a narrow margin (10%). Clearly this is a topic for further discussion.

We have a couple of issues that were brought forth by Gavin Watson from GBR as discussions from the floor that need to be addressed (posted within the attached Agenda).  The first topic deals with a resolution that was approved in last year’s 2017 AGM (presented by Barry Fox of CAN) requesting the development of a subcommittee to evaluate and potentially modernize the language used within our IOM Constitution and IOM Regulation documents.  Clearly the Ex. Board needs to recruit a point person that can chair this subcommittee and build a team to help initiate this undertaking.  At minimum, a status report on the progress of this recruiting effort should be initiated to the World Council before the end of Q1 2019.

The second topic Gavin raised deals with the calendar dates surrounding the IOM AGM itself. In short, finding a window that works for both the Northern and Southern hemisphere skippers, that doesn’t conflict with summer holidays and festive times as well.  I will have to consult the other member of the Ex.Board before replying formally to this request, but see no reason that the initiation date for the 2019 IOM AGM can’t be filed at least six months prior to the formal announcement of the AGM.  At minimum, a status report on the 2019 AGM Announcement Date should be initiated to the World Council before the end of Q1 2019.

I personally wanted to thank everyone involved in this 2018 IOM AGM for their resolution submissions, their NCA reports, and their returned ballots.  As stated, the IOM Financial Report will be filed shortly, and I will forward a copy of that document. If there are any questions or concerns about any of the attachments, please feel free to contact me. 

Wishing you all a healthy and happy New Year.
With Kindest Regards,
Gary Boell
IOM ICA Secretary

Ballot results .

IOM ICA 2018 AGM Agenda (Updated Dec 7th 2018)

To all World Council Members:

Please note the Third edition of the 2018 IOM Agenda, with modifications to Appendix A, with clarification concerning the current wording and the proposed wording of the resolution.

Thank you all for you support in returning the requested 2018 NCA Country Reports, and I hope to have a formal ballot circulated for your review by the end of next week – December 14th.   

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

With Kindest Regards,

Gary Boell

IOM ICA Secretary

NCA application received from Malaysia

December 4th , 2018

This will serve as the formal notice of the announcement of the application received from the country of Malaysia to form an NCA and join the World Council. I have also attached the necessary completed documentation for your review and evaluation. The effective date of this announcement is posted on December 4th , 2018 and will serve as the initiation date for the four week review period by the Executive Board to make a determination and ruling of acceptance.

Gary Boell
IOMICA Secretary

Memorandum of understanding