RS:X Annual General Meeting – The Minutes

Minutes of the 2011 RS:X Class Annual General Meeting held at the Hotel Aqua, Bourgas, Bulgaria on 14th September 2011 from 1730hrs to 2030hrs
1. Present:

Executive Committee Votes
Mike Dempsey (Chair) President 1
Emmanuel Messiaen Neil Pryde Representative -
Ilker Bayinder Chr of Technical Committee 1
Joao Rodrigues Men’s Fleet Delegate 1
Olga Maslivets Women’s Fleet Delegate 1
Rory Ramsden COO 1
Anna Graczyk-Stankiewicz Assistant Class Secretary -
Sebastian Edmonds Chief Measurer (Co-opted) -
2. Apologies
Martin Aldridge Treasurer
Rich Jeffries Honorary Member
Aaron Botzer Honorary Member
Rene Appel Coaches Delegate
Piotr Hlavaty Senior Vice President

3. Present

Delegate Vote Delegate Vote
AUS
Jimmy Levy 1 HKG Rene Appel (Email vote) 1
BEL Bruno de Wannemaeker 1 HUN Diana Detre 1
BUL Kamen Filyov 1 ISR Gur Steinberg 1
DEN Kim Braad Carlsen 1 POL Pawel Kowalski 1
ESP Jose Luis Pinana 1 POR Joao Rodrigues 1
EST Andrus Poksi 1 TUR Deniz Erkoca 1
FRA Yan Bouverne 1 UKR Olga Maslivets 1
GBR Oli Woodcock 1 USA Ben Barger 1
GER Kolja Voelkers 1

4. Minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the 2010 AGM were noted. GBR questioned if there could be clarification on the voting and decision making procedure for the selection of future championships. Mike asked if this could be raised under AOB. For clarification, Rory confirmed that an agreement in principal was in place for the 2013 Worlds with Buzios, BRA but no formal contract was in place. It was noted that as Buzios, BRA had been given first refusal for 2013 after losing out on the 2012 World Championships. GBR agreed that they would submit a proposal for the 2012 AGM regarding process for selection of events for the RS:X Class, negating the ref to AOB above.

FRA asked for an update on the RS:X Class application to join the IWA. Mike updated the class on the original reasons for RS:X wanting to join the IWA which was with the aim to join up the Youth Windsurfing Classes. Mike noted that the application had broken down after the IWA had requested a significant annual administration fee and a reduction in the RS:X Class staff, which the class felt was unreasonable. Having noted the reasons, FRA confirmed that the class should continue to work on collating the Youth Windsurfing Classes even if the RS:X Class is outside of the IWA. Mike agreed that this was a worthwhile ambition and charged the coaches to pursue this with their MNA’s.

With no further comments, the minutes were put forward for adoption by FRA, seconded by POR. Voting was unanimous in accepting the minutes as proposed.

5. Reports
5.1 Presidents Report

Mike welcomed the meeting and noted that this was the first major RS:X event of the year in September after a successful World Cup series and Olympic Test Event. Mike went on to report that as such the Treasurers report would show that the class was down on finances as it had only incurred operating expenses to date.

Mike went on to note that whilst there had been no events, the back room staff of the class had been very busy in re-writing many of the class standard documents and tidying up Race Management procedures. Mike was pleased to report that Rob Lamb had been instrumental in the development of these documents. Rob is the Olympic PRO for the RS:X Class and was keen to work with the class and to develop its procedures.

Mike went on to report that the class had also successfully negotiated with ISAF a change to its class rules in respect of RRS1.2 and the requirement to carry life saving equipment. Mike noted that this had been a difficult discussion with ISAF but with the help of Rob Lamb and Bas Edmonds this has been achieved. Mike recorded a note of thanks to both Rob and Bas for their help.

5.2 Continental Reports

Oceania – Jimmy Levy

There were no new developments to report from Oceania.

North America – Ben Barger

Ben reported on a successful Miami leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup where there were …. entries. Following from this St Francis Yacht Club hosted a very successful Techno World Championships in San Francisco Harbour. Ben noted that it was a shame that the RS:X Youth Worlds could not be organised at the same time but appreciated the complications. Ben felt that having the Youth events in the US was very beneficial for the development and promotion of windsurfing there.

Europe – No report

Asia – No report

South America – No report

5.3 Manufacturers Report

Emmanuel (Manu) gave a brief presentation on sales of boards and sails during 2011 to date. Manu noted that China had a significant increase on purchases for both boards and sails during 2011 with France and US also strong due to their being distribution centres for a larger number of countries. It was also noted that some new countries were purchasing both boards and sails in quantity such as India and Singapore.

Manu went on to brief the class on the support given during 2011 including 60 sets of equipment to the ISAF Youth Worlds as well as service support at a number of events.

For 2012, Manu described a new E-Warranty system for the class as well as the events that Neil Pryde were committed to support during 2012. This included offering $50k prize money for the 2012 Worlds in Cadiz.

A presentation was then given on the evolution of the RS:X equipment and the developments on offer to the class. A copy of this presentation can be found here.

Manu also noted that Neil Pryde had offered 10 sets of RS:X Evolution equipment to the class for their own use for evaluation.

5.4 Youth

Rory gave an update on the Youth development within the class. It was noted that the class had signed an agreement with the Volvo Ocean Race to carry out Youth Racing at each of the ports of the race. This gave the class the option of going to South Africa and UAE for the first time as well as allowing Neil Pryde the option of setting up distribution networks in those countries.

In addition to this the class has been in contact with Oman Sail and their Youth Development program to offer support coaching support and assistance.

Rory reported that the Egyptian Federation were looking to hold a Youth North African event including five or six different Francophile countries.

The class noted that the 2012 Youth Worlds were due to be held in Taiwan with the 2012 Youth Europeans being held in Estonia.

5.5 Men’s Fleet Delegate

Joao had unfortunately left the meeting to catch a flight home with his apologies and noted that there were no comments from the men.

5.6 Women’s Fleet Delegate

Olga reported that there was a major concern with the women that the reports coming back from the class about the consistency of the equipment was not true – with concerns raised around the boards, masts and fins.

Olga also reported that there was a concern that sailors were paying different prices for equipment from different dealers. Manu noted that dealers could only charge a set price but that local taxes may influence the end price to the sailor.

Mike asked why no mention had been made of this before the meeting and that it highlighted the need for the sailors and coaches to communicate with the class and Bas on any issues with the equipment, not just at the AGM but throughout the year.

5.7 Coaches Delegate

No report was circulated and it was noted that the coaches had not met prior to the meeting.

5.8 Chief Measurer Report

The class received a report from Bas regarding the audits carried out of the RS:X manufacturing factories. Bas noted that the concerns with the equipment was not seen directly at the factory with a maximum tolerance of 3mm on any given point on the board with the majority of the measurements having less than 1.0mm of tolerance on them.

Bas echoed previous comments that sailors and coaches should look to feedback concerns with the equipment at any opportunity to ensure that the class could investigate any problems.

The class noted that following the initial audit, the level of consistency achieved at the factories had been greatly improved.

Bas agreed that he would, with consultation with Neil Pryde, look to publish the audit reports and measurements – which had previously only been circulated to the Executive.

6. Election of Fleet Representatives and Coaches Representative to the Executive Committee

The following positions were confirmed to the Executive Committee;

Olga Maslivets – Women’s Fleet Delegate

Joao Rodrigues – Men’s Fleet Delegate (until March 2012)

Rene Appel – Coaches Delegate (until March 2012)

7. Submissions

# Detail by Accept/
Reject
1 2016 RS:X Format Working Party
That the RS:X Class shall establish a format working party now to put forward a submission for approval by the 2012 RS:X AGM to further evolve the racing format used at major events in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Regatta. 1stBUL2nd

UKR

Accept
USA noted that the ISAF strategy is to look at developing formats which also increase the skill sets of the participating sailors. USA advised that the ISAF working party looking at format would very much welcome the input from the class at their November meeting.It was agreed that Rene Appel would chair the RS:X Working Party and that FRA, GBR, UKR, USA and Ilker would participate in this.The submission noted that it would need to send a summary of its work in progress in time for the ISAF November meeting.
2 2016 RS:X Equipement Working Party
That the RS:X Class shall establish an equipment working party now to evaluate and put forward a submission for approval by the 2012 RS:X AGM on the adoption of the RS:X Evolution, either in whole or in part, as the class legal equipment for the 2016 Olympic Regatta. 1stRory2nd

UKR

Accept
BUL noted that any submission made would need to take into account the ISAF Mid Year meeting which allowed submissions no later than 8 weeks before the meeting date.It was agreed that Bas Edmonds would chair the RS:X Working Party with GBR, FRA, UKR, USA, ISR, Mike Dempsey and Allison Shreeve all volunteering to join this group.The submission was accepted with the amendment that the group should evaluate the current RS:X equipment against the RS:X Evolution both in full and in parts to ensure that a comprehensive evaluation was recorded. Neil Pryde confirmed that they would donate 10 boards to the Class for use but that the class would have to make arrangements for the shipping themselves.

The class noted that it was looking at three events to evaluate the equipment with a possible event in Asia and two others in Europe.

The Executive noted that the equipment evaluation was a small part of this but that the group should also consider the effects of any equipment change on MNA’s, Youth sailing and future class development

   
3 Change to Class Rules – Battens
To add new rule C.9.3(j) as follows;Batten tubes may be shortened. Batten tubes may only be shortened at the outer end. 1stRory2nd

UKR

Accept
4 Change to Class Rules – Youth sail limitations
  Withdrawn
5 Change to Class Rules – Centerboard case padding
  To amend rule C.6.3(l) as follows;Additional rubber or foam may be added to the inside of the centreboard slot. The rubber or foam shall only be applied with glue and shall not be attached using any through hull fitting. Any additional rubber or foam shall not touch or affect the gasket assembly. 1stFRA2nd

BEL

Accept
6 Change to Class Rules – Mast taping
  To add new rule C.8.2(p) as follows;Any removable adhesive tape may be added to the mast in the immediate area around the joint and the base of the mast not exceeding the base, joint and the internal spigot by 100mm. 1stGBR2nd

Rory

Accept
7 Change to Class Rules – Inserts
  To add new rule C.6.3(m) as follows;Insert holes may be filled.  1stUSA2nd

UKR

Accept

8. Any Other Business
There being no further business, the meeting was closed
2030hrs
END

RS:X Annual General Meeting

Please note that this notice is formal advice under the RS:X Class constitution, that the RS:X Class AGM will be staged in Nessebar, Bulgaria on Wednesday September 14th during the RS:X European Windsurfing Championships.

a) Delegate Apointment

Appointment of RS:X National Class Associations/MNAs shall confirm their appointed delegate for the 2011 RS:X AGM and authorise that person to vote on any submission on their behalf. Said Authorisation shall be received by email sent to 
by 2400hrs UTC on September 13th 2011.

b) Observers

Those not appointed as a national delegate may attend as an observer but will not be able to speak unless invited to do so by the chairman.

c) Coloured Cards.

Appointed delegates shall collect one card each of the following colours on arrival – Green, Red, White – If you raise the GREEN card when requested to vote, you are voting for the proposal; if you raise the RED, you are voting against; and if you raise the WHITE, you are abstaining.

d) Be Prepared

Delegates are urged to take the time to read the agenda and attached submissions in advance and come prepared. Here is the link to the 2010 AGM Minutes .

Download the Final Agenda and Submissions

Download the RS:X Evolution Proposal from Neil Pryde

RS:X Class Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the 2010 RS:X Class Annual General Meeting held at the Kerteminde Sailing Club, Denmark on September 1st from 1700hrs > 2030hrs.

1. Present:

Executive Committee Votes
Mike Dempsey (Chair) President 1
Piotr Hlavaty Senior Vice President 1
Emmanuel Messiaen Neil Pryde Representative -
Ilker Bayinder Chr of Technical Committee 1
Joao Rodrigues Men’s Fleet Delegate 1
Olga Maslivets Women’s Fleet Delegate 1
Rory Ramsden COO 1
Sebastian Edmonds Chief Measurer (Co-opted) -
Anna Graczyk-Stankiewicz Asistant Class Secretary -
2. Apologies
Martin Aldridge Treasurer
Rich Jeffries Honorary Member
Aaron Botzer Honorary Member
Rene Appel Coaches Delegate

3. Present

Delegate Vote Delegate Vote
AUS Time Gourlay 1 ISR Gal Friedman 1
BUL Kamen Filyov 1 ITA Marco Rossi 1
CZE Petr Kucera 1 MEX Adrien Gaillard 1
DEN Jochum Brenninkmeijer 1 NED Aaron McIntosh 1
ESP Xavier Serrano 1 POL Pawel Kowalski 1
EST Andrus Poksi 1 POR Joao Rodrigues 1
FRA Pascal Chaullet 1 UKR Olga Maslivets 1
GBR Barrie Edgington 1 TPE Alex Mowday 1
GER Diedric Bakker 1

4. Minutes of the last meeting
4.01
The minutes of the 2009 were noted. A question was raised regarding the minutes and the decisions made regarding the location of the 2012 World Championships, where the minutes noted that these had been deferred to the ExCom. Zac Paslivary noted that he had sent an email to Rory to highlight the potential conflict in the minutes as he had thought it was the decision to cast an email vote on the location following the 2009 AGM.
Rory confirmed that a contract had been signed with Cadiz and that all other bids had been withdrawn after they had been informed that the bid had been given to Cadiz.
Barrie Edgington suggested that to ensure that due process had been followed, all potential bids should be re-visited to keep the reputation of the class intact and allow for any further bids for the next Olympic cycle.
Rory suggested that the class re-affirm their decision to hold the 2012 World Championships in Cadiz – voted on by the majority of the membership in favour.
Following this, the minutes were then approved.
• An extension of the meeting was held on Thursday 2nd September to further discuss this item. See item below.

5. Reports
a) President’s Report
The President was pleased to report that the class was in a very positive position both financially and with regards to the future.
Mike Dempsey went on to report a decision made at the class Executive meeting that morning which looked at restructuring the administration of the class and noted that Anna Graczyk-Stankiewicz had been appointed on a part time one year contract as Assistant Class Secretary to take some of the pressure off the COO. This move would leave Rory with more time to look at the development and media aspects of the class, more of which would be covered in other reports later on in the meeting.
Mike went on to note that following the 2009 AGM, Bas Edmonds has been asked to take over as the Chief Measurer for the class which had already increased the professionalism of the class in the technical areas. Mike commented that all of the changes were designed to improve the standing of the class.
b) Financial Report
The financial report was given by Mike Dempsey on behalf of Mike Aldridge and were received by the class. A comment was noted that these were difficult to find on the internet and as such the membership had not had enough time to consider these. Rory commented that the reports were all posted on the class Official Notice Board on the class website. Nico Huguet suggested that for future AGM’s that all submissions should be presented on a screen for all of the membership to view, which was agreed.
Mike noted that the cash account for the class had increased from £49,000 y/e 31st July 2009 to £60,000 y/e 31st July 2010.
Rory went on to express the view of the ExCom that it considered that this was too great an amount and that the class should be self-liquidating and that it should look to invest this back into the class with regards to development. Rory also noted that the ExCom approved a reserve amount of £30,000 which was considered enough to cover the running costs of the class for a year.
c) Continental Representatives
South America: A positive year for the class in this part of the world with the BIC Techno class growing in South America with some 45 sailors registered. The concern was raised, similar to previous years, that distribution was causing an issue which was affecting the transition between BIC and the RS:X.
Oceania: Tim Gourlay reported that the class was growing in Australia with a good number of Australian and New Zealand sailors representing at these World Championships. Whilst they are all still learning to win on the RS:X, there was a few sailors based in Perth in preparations for the 2011 combined Worlds.
Asia: Alex Mowday noted that planning for the upcoming Asian Games was progressing well with 30/40 entrants expected, as well as the option of an Open class. If the Chinese could get visas, then this could increase again.
Europe: Andrus Poksi reported on Estonia’s efforts to secure an RS:X event over the next couple of years. Andrus noted that Estonia has successfully held several major events over the past years and was waiting for the opportunity to invite the RS:X.
North America: Ben Barger noted that there were 4-5 serious racers in the US, however development and a lack of equipment was slowing the growth of the class. Ben noted that the Youth Worlds were due to be held in San Francisco over July 2011.
Central America: Adrien Gaillard commented that a very positive Central America Games had been held with an RS:X class for the first time. This included sailors from the Caribbean such as JAM and BVI taking part. Adrien also incited sailors to Cozumel as an ideal winter training base for those wishing a warmer climate for their winter sailing.
d) Manufacturers Representative’s Report (see Appendix 2 for more)
Mike Dempsey introduced Emmanuel Messiaen to give the Neil Pryde presentation, as the replacement for David Mead.
Manu noted that 2010 had been a positive year for the RS:X brand with 8 different events being supported directly by Neil Pryde as well as a successful internal audit being carried out by Bas Edmonds of all of the equipment carried out during May 2010.
Manu went on to report that Neil Pryde had put forward a 7.6% price increase to ISAF, to take effect before 1st January 2011. This was due to their suppliers increasing their prices to Neil Pryde and was seen as a simple extension of the global financial situation.
For full details of the report, please see the .pdf posted with these minutes
e) Youth Development
Piotr Hlavaty raised concerns over the development of the Youth RS:X fleet but was pleased to report that he considered a growing BIC Techno fleet would have a big positive impact on the RS:X youth fleets.
Piotr went on to note that his club had very successfully held the Youth Europeans in Sopot, Poland which had an entry of over 100 sailors.
Diedrik noted that Kiel Woche was the only Sailing World Cup event to host an open 8.5 division which he considered to be a great opportunity for youth sailors to train.

6. Election of Vice President
It was noted that both Piotr Hlavaty and Zhou Changcheng had stood again and were unopposed. Mike was pleased to report that both had been re-elected as Vice Presidents of the RS:X class.

7. Submissions

# Detail by Accept/
Reject
JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL WINDSURFING ASSOCIATION
1 “That the RS:X Class shall join the IWA under the terms agreed by the RS:X Executive Committee”
Reason
ISAF Windsurfing Classes should work together to promote the sport both through joint youth and junior championships as well a through joint training initiatives
GER
2nd
ARG
Accept
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT BUDGET
2 “That the RS:X Executive be empowered to establish an annual ‘training and development budget’ to support the Reach-4-The-Top Training project”
Reason
One of the key outcomes of the ISAF Olympic Commission Report is that the sport must do more to encourage new countries to develop sailing. The RS:X Class cannot do this unless some of its revenues are diverted into staging training camps. These could be run before continental and youth championships.
GER
2nd
BUL
Accept
CHANGES TO THE RS:X CLASS RULES
3 Amend rule C6.2(a) to read as follows
The weight of the hull including the complete mast track, gasket assembly, centreboard and sideplates and air ventilation screw, but excluding the centreboard cover and the foot straps, shall not be less than 17.20 kg.
Reason
CR D.3 lists all of the items that are considered under the definition of hull. The exclusions are for clarity only.

BUL
2nd
GBR
Accept
4 Amend rule C.5.1 to read as follows
Advertising as chosen by the crew is permitted, as restricted by ISAF Regulation 20 – Advertising

Reason
(http://www.sailing.org/documents/isaf-regulations.php)
To reflect the changes in the ISAF Regulations and to remove reference to Category C.
GBR
2nd
POR
Accept
5 Amend rule C.3.2(a)(i) to read as follows
Personal Buoyancy which may be prescribed as mandatory in the Sailing Instructions. If prescribed, the personal buoyancy shall conform to the minimum standard of ISO 12402-5 (Level 50N). Additional standards may be prescribed in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions.
Reason
The current test for personal floatation devices is arbitrary and with an ISO standard that covers all testing and minimum standards for floatation, construction and materials, the RSX
class rules should not try to duplicate this. The rule allows additional requirements for local bye-laws etc which may also come in force.
NED
2nd
ARG
Accept
6 Delete C9.2b [Sail identification/Division identification]
RSX WOMEN – Red Diamond
Reason
No need to use red diamond for identification of Women’s Division as RSX Women sails are different then Men’s.
Olga
2nd
Joao
Accept
7 Amend rule D1.3(a) to read as follows
The hull shall carry a manufacturer’s serial number either displayed just aft of the rear centreplane footstrap mounting plates or displayed on the hull centreline just in front of the
mast track.
Existing Wording
The hull shall carry a manufacturers serial number displayed just aft of the rear centreplane footstrap mounting plates.
Reason
Neil Pryde have amended where the serial number is displayed on the hull and the change reflects this.
Joao
2nd
TPE
Accept
8 Amend rule C.6.3(g) to read as follows
Add this sentence at then end …existing screw holes that are not used may be filled to ensure the sealing of the hull

Existing Wording
The centerboard trailing edge protector and associated screw may be replaced………and any two screws using any existing skrew holes.
ARG
2nd
BUL
Accept
9 Add new rule C6.3(k)
Where a repair has been carried out to the fin box or the local area around the fin box on the bottom of the board, the board shall not be eligible for use at Class World or European
Championships for Divisions A or B.
Reason
It has been noted that some boards have had a fin box ripped out and repaired. Whilst the damage and repair may be entirely genuine, that area of the board is considered critical to the
performance of the board. A measurer would not be able to tell through accurate measurement if the board has been altered to affect the performance and therefore the doubt should be
removed by not allowing the board to be used at the highest levels of the class competition. This rule does not affect any other regattas other than senior World or European championships.
Rory
2nd
BUL
Reject
10 Add new rule C.9.3(h)
Battens 5 and 6 may be covered with a transparent adhesive tape. Any tape applied shall not affect the bend or performance characteristics of the batten.

Reason
Currently the taping of battens is prohibited. Battens 5 and 6 are given the most abuse by sailors as they are often kicked when either tacking or gybing in light airs to get the sail to rotate in the cambers. By allowing the sailors to tape the battens with a clear adhesive tape, once a batten breaks it will allow a quick removal and replacement of the battens to be carried out on the water, with minimum disruption.
Bas
2nd
GER
Accept
11 Add new rule C8.2(l)
Any adhesive tape may be added to the boom spar in the immediate area around the boom clamp
Reason
The boom clamp occasionally rotates on the boom, especially as a sailor is pumping the sail. To reduce the movement the sailors would like to be able to pack the boom spar around the boom
clamp to reduce this movement.

TPE
2nd
GBR
Accept
12 Add new rule C.9.3(j)
Where a sail repair requires the replacement of a sail panel, or where a sail repair involves a seam and/or a batten pocket over its complete length, the sail shall not be eligible for use at Class World or European Championships for Divisions A or B.

Reason
Some sails have been modified where either a complete panel has been replaced or where the repair has covered the full length of a seam/batten pocket. A measurer would not be able to tell through accurate measurement if the sail has been altered to affect the performance and therefore the doubt should be removed by not allowing the board to be used at the highest levels of the class
competition. This rule does not affect any other regattas other than senior World or European championships.
Joao
2nd
GBR
Accept
13 Add new rule C.7.2(g)
The manufacturer’s graphics printed on the appendages shall not be affected except in the case of local repairs to unintentional damage. The Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions for events other than the ISAF Sailing World Cup, World and Continental championships May amend this rule.

Reason
To match the same rule regarding hulls and their graphics on the underside. The rule is also important because the graphics are referenced in CR C.7.1(d) so need to remain legible.
The equirement to allow the rule to be amended by NOR and SI is to allow older equipment to be used at events, particularly youth events.
GBR
2nd
Joao
Accept
14 Amend rule C.7.2(e) to read as follows
The fin root may be sanded or shimmed to fit the fin box. The gap between the fin root and hull may be filled and faired.

Reason
To permit the fin to be shimmed on the head of the fin root to allow a better fit into the fin box.
GBR
2nd
Joao
Accept
15 Add new rule C.6.3(l)
The ventilation screw shall be removable.
Reason
To prohibit the practice of bonding the ventilation screw to the hull. For clarity.
BUL
2nd
GBR
Accept
16 Add new rule C.8.2(m)
Additional ropes or rigging may be added to the boom spar for the storage of personal equipment or other permitted items.

Reason
To allow personal equipment to be tied to the boom whilst racing.
BUL
2nd
Rory
Accept
17 Add new rule C.8.2 (n)
In addition to the timing device listed in C.3.2(a)(iv), an additional electronic or mechanical timing device may be attached to the rig. Such timing device shall have no other functions
Reason
To allow the practice of having a second timing device on the rig as well as that listed in C.3.2 Personal Equipment
Joao
2nd
TPE
Accept
18 Add the following to the Introduction of the Class Rules
The RS:X is a one-design with a strict set of class rules, which are written to ensure that sailors go sailing instead of modifying the equipment. The RS:X Class is based on finding the most skilful sailor, and discourages those trying to find a way around the rules to give an advantage. These Class Rules promote the standard equipment as supplied by Neil Pryde and any of the limited permitted changes to the equipment are designed to ensure longevity and increase the enjoyment of sailing the board.
If you feel you wish to change something on an RS:X – STOP! The chances are that it may not be permitted and is illegal. You are strongly advised to consult the chief measurer before proceeding

Reason
To clarify the one-design position of the class to the sailors, coaches and race officials involved in the class.
Rory
2nd
Mike
Accept
19 Add new rule C.8.2 (o)
Additional material added to the boom spar on top of the boom spar grip in the area immediately around the outhaul cleat as supplied by the licensed manufacturer is permitted. The material for the additional grip covered by this rule is optional.

Reason
The cleats used for the outhaul on the boom as supplied by Neil Pryde often slip and this rule change allows the sailors to position and grip this cleat in place using an additional material. As
the material has to sit on top of the boom spar grip it can only be a removable material
Joao
2nd
GBR
Accept
20 Add new rule C.6.3 (x)
Additional rubber may be added to the inside of the centreboard slot. The rubber shall only be applied with glue and shall not be attached using any through hull fitting. Any additional rubber shall not touch or effect the gasket assembly.
Reason
This would allow sailors to add additional rubber to the inside of the centreboard slot to stop the centreboard from resting onto the gasket lips and falling down/through the lips when raised.
Joao
2nd
TPE
Accept
RS:X SUBMISSIONS TO THE ISAF ANNUAL CONFERENCE
21 The RS:X Class shall make a submission to ISAF stating:
“International Juries shall treat competitors found to have broken a class rule in exactly the same way as if they had broken a rule within the RRS”

Reason:
In Sailing World Cup Events, it is current ISAF Policy to award points penalties to competitors found to have broken a class rule without prior warning. This devalues the competitor’s respect
for class rules.
Rory
2nd
Mike
Reject
22 The RS:X Class shall make a submission to ISAF stating:
“Class Rule protests shall be made to a body properly qualified to make an informed decision”

Reason:
International Juries are not properly qualified to make decisions regarding class rules being racing rule specialists and not technical specialists conversant with the impact that modifications to equipment can make.
Olga
2nd
Mike
Reject
23 The RS:X Class shall make a submission to ISAF stating:
“With the demand from the media and the public for immediate decisions on rule infractions, the ISAF should conduct an in-depth study of the role and function of international juries with a
view to updating their procedures and functions”
Reason:
Boats are sailing faster; technology is making sailing more accessible to the media and public; Racing Formats are evolving but the role and function of international juries remains unchanged for the moment
GER
2nd
NED
Accept
24 The RS:X Class shall make a submission to ISAF stating:
“In the light of the ISAF Olympic Commission report which highlighted the urgent need for sailing to attract more TV coverage, the ISAF, together with RS:X Class, through trials should investigate possible suitable scoring system for use at the Olympic regatta which potential sailing fans could more easily understand”
Reason:
The medal race is not delivering the ‘winner is the gold medalist ‘ concept and is still causing confusion. In order for the sport to develop its base of National sailing federations, it has to
attract more sports fans worldwide, who may currently know nothing about sailing. We have to grab their attention and one way of doing this is to make our scoring system quick and easy to
understand.
BUL
2nd
Piotr
Accept
25 The following evolution of the format should be adopted and used in the Qualification events and 2012 Olympic Regatta.
Races
Maximum number of Races per day in displacement or marginal conditions – 2
Maximum number of Races per day in planing conditions – 3
Maximum number of races in a series – 16

Reason
With the publication of the ISAF Olympic Commission report and the on-going work of the ISAF Windsurfing Committee Format Working Party, the class should respond positively by putting
forward its own proposals based on the experience it has gained trialling an evolved format at its youth championships.
Note: All other details of the format being currently used should remain unchanged for 2012 but further testing should take place at RS:X Youth Championships in 2011 and 2012 so that the format can take a further step forward in 2013.
GBR
2nd
BUL
Accept
FUTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS
All decisions on future championship venues are subject to contract agreement by the LOA with the Executive Office
26 That the 2011 RS:X European Championship shall be held in Bulgaria in September EST
2nd
BUL
Accept
27 That the 2012 RS:X European Championship shall be held on Lake Garda, Italy in May. FIV Withdrawn
28 That the 2012 RS:X European Championship shall be held in Madeira, Portugal in May.
A presentation was given by Joao prior to the AGM. At this presentation the class unanimously approved the bid and championships. Due to an error at the AGM, this was not formally voted on but a subsequent paper vote for the submission was circulated on the 4th September which approved the submission
Accept
29 That where possible future RS:X Youth World & Continental Championships should be held on the same venue as the equivalent Techno 293 Championships ITA
2nd
GBR
Accept

8. ANY OTHER BUISNESS
8.1 Bruce Kendall suggested the idea of a sail or driven test event in which new courses and formats could be tried and tested. Mike asked him to put his ideas in writing and circulate them for further consideration and discussion.
8.2 Antonio Cozzolino raised an objection to the procedures regarding the selection of the 2012 World Championships and the subsequent voting (detailed under 4.01 of these minutes). The ExCom noted the objection and requested that it was given an additional 24 hours to investigate the proceedings of the 2009 AGM and the release of its minutes to the members and that it should report its findings at an extension of the AGM meeting at the end of racing on Thursday 2nd September. This was agreed by the membership.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 2020.

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An extension of the AGM was held in Kerteminde, Denmark, on Thursday 2nd September at 1640 hrs

Mike Dempsey summarised that a mistake had been made in the minutes of the 2009 AGM, and he apologised on behalf of the class. Mike went on to note that the minutes had been posted on the RS:X Class Official Notice Board which is on the class website. These minutes had not been objected to at the time of publication and therefore the class had proceeded with its planning for the 2012 WC in Cadiz. Mike noted that a contract had been signed with the Organisers in Cadiz for this event.

It was noted that it was generally felt by the members that they did not want to go to Cadiz in February and that they had not been properly consulted in this decision. The members asked that either the dates are reviewed to later in the year or another venue be proposed by the ExCom.

Mike Dempsey stated again that a full contract had been signed with the organisers of the 2012 WC and that there were possible financial implications of breaking this. Mike agreed that he would consult with the Cadiz organisers with the possibility of moving the event to later in the year. May was discussed as a preferred date for the event. Mike agreed that he would present the outcome od this discussion, including all financial implications, to the members via direct email within three weeks. This was agreed to by the members as an adequate solution to the situation.

There being no other matters, the meeting was closed at 1730hrs.

RS:X Annual General Meeting – Draft Agenda Posted

The draft agenda for the 2010 RS:X Annual General Meeting can be downloaded here It should be noted that there will be an election to select the two Vice Presidents to hold office between 2010 and 2012. Under the RS:X Class constitution, the existing VPs may stand for a further three terms of two years each. Both of Zhou Changcheng [CHN] and Piotr Hlavaty [POL] have indicated that they are standing for re-election. Those wishing to stand for election shall be a member of a RS:X national class association in good standing and be proposed by that full member. Nominations shall be sent to the RS:X Executive Office by email to the address indicated on the RS:X AGM draft agenda before July 23rd 2010. Nominations shall be supported by at least three full members. Those RS:X national class associations wishing to make a submission for consideration by the RS:X Annual General Meeting shall do so by June 29th 2010 to the RS:X Executive Office using the email address indicated at the top of the draft AGM.

RS:X Class Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the 2009 RS:X Class Annual General Meeting held at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy Weymouth, United Kingdom on September 7th from 1600hrs > 2100hrs.

1. Present:

Executive Committee Votes
Mike Dempsey Chairman 1
Piotr Hlavaty Senior Vice President 1
David Mead Neil Pryde Representative 1
Rene Appel Coach’s Delegate 1
Joao Rodrigues Men’s Fleet Delegate 1
Rory Ramsden COO/Class Secretary 1

2. Apologies
Martin Aldridge Treasurer
Olga Maslivets Women’s Fleet Delegate
Rich Jeffries Honorary Member
Aaron Botzer Honorary Member


3. Present

Delegate Vote Delegate Vote
AUS
Lars Kleppich 1 HKG Rene Appel 1
BRA Bruno Mareques 1 ISR Rafael Balilus 1
BUL Yoan Kolev 1 ITA Vicenzo Baglione 1
CAN Zac Plavsic 1 LTU Gintautas Bernotas 1
COL Santiago Grillo 1 NED Aron Macintosh 1
CZE Petr Kucera 1 NZL Richard Ellis 1
DEN Jochum Brenninkmeijer 1 POL Piotr Hlavaty 1
EGY Mohamed Elsafety 1 POR Joao Rodrigues 1
ESP Kim Lythgoe 1 THA Deshopol Phuanukoolnont 1
FRA Pascal Chaullet 1 TUR Ilker Bayinder 1
GBR Barrie Edgington 1 TPE Alex Mowday 1
GRE 1


4.    Minutes of the last meeting

4.01 The minutes of the 2008 Annual General Meeting were approved.

5.     Reports
a) President’s & Treasurer’s Report (see Appendix 1 for financial statement)
Mike Dempsey stated the key issue that he faced on becoming Chairman of the class was financial. With no major events between the 2008 RS:X European Championship and the 2009 edition, the class faced a serious challenge. Outgoings were cut back and expenditure reduced.
Mike said that martin Aldridge  was sorry not to be able to attend the AGM in person. Progress has been made and the class is now on a firmer footing. The accounts to the end of January 2009 show a balance in hand of £27,000.
In the meantime, the website has been rebuilt, the Reach-4-The-Top Training programme launched and the RS:X Media Project executed.
ISAF did not approve the class request to charge €50 per complete set of equipment sold to fund the latter despite the proposal receiving the support of the 2008 AGM. Nevertheless, the project has gone ahead with the aim of maximising the visibility of the class on the internet through out the year.

b) Continental Representatives
Asia: Rene Appel The Class is growing in Asia with more younger sailors coming into the class.
Europe: Joao Rodrigues The ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas were well supported. The RS:X European Championships were well organized on the water with the medal race course set close to the breakwater attracting a large crowd of supporters to see  Shahar Zubari take the gold medal.
Oceania: Lars Kleppich The Bic Techno class has been formed in Australia as a pathway for young windsurfers to develop the necessary racing tactics and board handling skills before they move up the RS:X Youth Division. The RS:X Class in New Zealand is developing. The RS:X Australian National Championships was well supported.
South America: Bruno Marques The RS:X Class is growing in Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. The 2009 RS:X South American Championships was a success with competitors coming from Europe for early season training. A video was made of the event. Bimba’s club in Buzios is keen to host the 2012 RS:X Word Championships.
d) Manufacturers Representative’s Report (Download the Neil Pryde Report here)
David Mead gave a detailed overview of the RS:X One Design Business including sales, comparative pricing, coloured film on sails and the feasibility study on reducing the weight of the RS:X hull.
NP have not increased the price of the equipment since 2007 despite price increases in carbon and other materials. They will now seek approval from ISAF for a 2.7% increase. For full details of the report, please see the .pdf posted with these minutes

e) Youth Development
There have been 3 major RS:X Youth Championships in 2009. The year kicked off with the postponed 2008 RS:X Youth World Championships in Thailand. The event had to be re-scheduled for December 2008 but due to the sit-in at the airport it was impossible to get sailors in or out of the country
Next up was the first edition of the 2009 RS:X Open Youth European Championships in Paros, Greece which took place in April. This was the first test for new format ideas. The event was well organised but conflicted date-wise with exams and the beginning of the new school term.
Finally, the 2009 RS:X Youth World Championships took place in Yalikavak, Turkey sponsored by Palmalife. It was a great success with 80% of the competitors giving the event 8/10 or better in a post event on line survey.
Further testing of Format ideas was carried out. Please click here for the survey results and note that a 26% response rate is considered to be a median response to a web survey.
It should be noted that the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco has withdrawn its bid to host the 2010 YWC in favour of staging a combined RS:X/Techno Youth/Junior Windsurfing World Championships in 2011. The RS:X 2010 Youth Windsurfing World Championships will therefore be staged in Europe either in France or Bulgaria.

6. Election of New Men’s Fleet Representative

It was noted that the Men’s Fleet have elected Joao Rodrigues [POR] to represent their interests on the RS:X Executive Committee after the resignation of Nicholas Huguet [FRA] who is now coaching in the 49er class.

7. Submissions

# Detail by Accept/
Reject
ELECTION OF NATIONAL RS:X SAILOR REPRESENTATIVES (MALE & FEMALE)
1 “That one man and one woman national sailor representative be elected for each nation represented in the international RS:X men’s and women’s fleets by that nation’s sailors in that international fleet to express the views of the RS:X sailors from that nation to the sailors representatives elected to the RS:X Executive Committee and/or to the ISAF Athlete’s Commission. If a nation is not represented in a fleet (men or women) they cannot elect a rep in that fleet”
Reasons
a) to ensure that the ExCom sailor and ISAF AC reps have a clear way of interacting with the sailors of each represented nation.
Nico
Huguet
2nd
Bruce Kendall
Accept
24/2
CLASS RULES
2 Considering the large number of NO Mark 2 fins and centreboard on the market and that distributor are still selling them (january 2009), allow other RSX fins and centreboard to be use in all competitions except World and Continental championship from 1st January 2010. ESP Withdrawn
3 Only equipment made after and including the following build numbers will be eligible to compete at World and European Championships

  • Version V3 sails serial # 200502259
  • One shot hull # NP8RSX08020020 (serial number#020)
  • Fin 60cm # 1110351932-001(serial number# 001)
  • Fin 66cm # 1110357222-043(serial number#043)
GBR
2nd
GER
Accept
21/7
4 That the new ‘colored’ sails be approved for production Rory
2nd
GBR
Accept
26 in favor
5 Only colored sails shall be used from January 1st 2011 at World and European Championships Rory
2nd
HKG
Accept
14 For
11 No
3 Abstn
6 The new lightweight hull feasibility project goes ahead subject to class approval of any subsequent class rule change proposals before possible introduction on January 1st 2013 – Note. Pryde Group development costs shall not be recoverable by a price increase on RS:X Equipment Rory
2nd
AUS
Accept
19 For
5 Abstn
7 Current Rule
C.6.3(h) – The hull may be lightly sanded and/or polished. The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage.
Proposal
Amend C.6.3(h) as follows:
C.6.3(h) The hull may be lightly sanded and/or polished.
Add new rule C.6.3(j) to read as follows;
C.6.3(j) – The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage. The Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions for events other than ISAF Sailing World Cup, World & Continental Championships may amend this rule.

Reason
The RSX Class has now been active since 2005 with over 2000 boards having been built by Neil Pryde. As equipment gets older and passed down to Youth Squads etc, the boards are subject to some damage and abuse to the point where the hull graphics may not be visible due to repairs etc to the underside of the board. The purpose of the rule is not to make older equipment illegal and as such a NOR or SI for National or Youth events may remove the requirement of C.6.3(j) to allow older equipment to be used.
However, for World and Continental championships as well as ISAF World Cup Events competitors should be of the understanding that equipment shall not be modified and may only be done so to the extent permitted in the class rules.
Bas
2nd
NED
Accept
24 For
8 Current Rule
N/a
Proposal
Add new rule C.8.1(c) to read as follows;
C.8.1(c) – For all mast spar sections before XXXXX, where
the serial number is not clearly visible, B.2.1(b) shall apply.

Reason
It is known that the current method used by Neil Pryde to mark the mast spar sections is not permanent. Neil Pryde, have confirmed that they will amend the method of marking mast spar sections such that the serial number will be permanent and clearly visible for the purpose of Equipment inspection. Neil Pryde will confirm the serial number after which this will apply.
However, to stop competitors having older equipment rejected at events because the serial number is not visible, the Equipment Inspector should be able to use an alternative method for determining compliance with C.8.1(b).
Bas
2nd
GBR
Accept
22 For
2 Abstn
9 Current Rule
N/a
Proposal
Add new rule H.1 to read as follows;

H.1 Hull Weighing Procedure
Where an equipment inspector chooses to apply C.6.2(c), the following procedure shall be applied.
The hull shall be presented for this test in the condition as prescribed in C.6.1, which shall exclude all foot straps and any centreboard covers. The ventilation screw shall be in place for the test.
The hull shall be put into water and left to float un-aided for 30 seconds. The hull shall then be turned over and left to float
un-aided for a further 30 seconds.

Once complete, the hull shall be stood vertically out of direct
sunlight on its aft end for a period of 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes the hull shall be re-weighed.

Reason
Following the 2009 RSX Europeans, the Class CM noted that in the absence of a defined method, the wet weighing procedure was open to a subjective view. The above test is proposed to remove any subjectivity and to standardise the test.
Bas
2nd
NZL
Accept
19 For
5 Abstn
STANDARD SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
10 That the ISAF World Cup Regatta Organisers use the RS:X Format of Racing as stated in the RS:X Standard Championship Sailing Instructions
Rory
2nd
HKG
Accept
22 For
2 Abstn
11 That the RS:X  Standard Sailing Instruction # 8.5 is amended as follows:
The maximum number of races per day:
a) In planning conditions, will be 3.
b) In displacement or marginal planing conditions, will be 1
c) A third race may be sailed only if:
· the first two races were sailed in planing conditions, or
· the last one of the first two races was sailed in planning conditions and planning conditions exist for at least 10 minutes prior to the starting signal of the third race.
POL/BEL Withdrawn
12 That the RS:X  Standard Sailing Instruction # 8.6 is amended as follows:
a) When more than one race (or sequence of races, for two or more Classes/ Divisions/Groups) will be held on the same day, the warning signal for the first race shall be made at the stated time and for each succeeding race will be made as soon as practicable, except
b) when the forecast predicts planing conditions later that day. In such a case the races should be postponed until estimated time of planning conditions. Racing may only be postponed if it remains possible to complete daily racing schedule.
c) After a long postponement and/or to alert boards that a race or sequence of races will shortly begin, an Orange Flag will be displayed (with one sound) for at least four minutes before a warning signal is displayed. No sound signal will be made when the Orange Flag is lowered.
POL/BEL Withdrawn
13 Proposals as presented above ( #8 & 9) shall also relate to youth championships.
Reasons:
1. To keep Olympic windsurfing as much as possible in seamanlike manners using wind as the main method of propulsion.
2. To minimize risk of injury, especially for youth sailors, existing in pumping conditions.
POL/BEL Withdrawn
STANDARD NOTICES OF RACE
14 That The number of days allotted prior to the first official race is reduced to ONE from Three. Rory/Bas
2nd
ESP
Accept
19For
7Abst
15 That the NoR shall state that competitors shall not go afloat before completing registration procedures on site
Rory Withdrawn
FUTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS
All decisions on future championship venues are subject to contract agreement by the LOA with the Executive Office
16 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Thailand under the management of the EWC between the end of January and Palma. EWT Deferred to ExCom
17 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Cadiz, Spain (bid supported by the RFEV) ESP Deferred to ExCom
18 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Brest, France (bid supported by the FFV)
FRA Deferred to ExCom
19 That the 2012 European Championship shall take place in Schevennigen, Holland (bid supported by the KNWV)
NED Withdrawn
20 That the venue for a continental championship for both the Youth & Olympic Fleet shall be subject to a vote at a previous continental championship in that continent by paid up National Class Associations of that same continent. Only in the case where there is not a properly constituted quorum or in the absence of a previous timely continental championship shall the vote be made at the AGM and then only by the NCAs of the relevant continent. FRA Accept
18 For
2 Abstn
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT POLICY
21 That the RS:X Class shall stage an annual Open European Youth Championships
Please note that youth divisions [U19] are included in continental championships outside Europe and these are open
Rory Accept
21
22 Preamble
It has been identified in the Youth Development Policy (YDP) that there is a need for equipment that helps sailors transition from the Techno to RSX. Given, as stated in the YDP – “We see that having an overlap with the Bic Techno class at the bottom end of the age range is a good thing. It will keep more young adults in the sport and allow them to race on equipment that is suitable to their body weight/physique” – it follows that the Techno should be encouraged as the primary one design stepping stone/feeder class for the Olympic Pathway, a platform that is and has established itself as the first steps in talent ID and Skills Development in national junior pathways across most of the world, a situation that can only benefit a clear template for NGB’s and sailors a like.
The proposal is therefore that rather than pursue a parallel RSX junior rig, the class should support the Techno 7.8 One design sail as the transition rig using the RSX platform. Therefore supporting both the current pathway and reducing initial costs, leading to the next step of Youth 8.5 RSX when ability and or size permits.
GBR Accept
17 For
2 Abstn

 

Appendix 1 – Financial Statements

The International RSX Class Association Ltd

Financial Summary as at 31 December 2009

Income
Subscriptions and regatta income 73,636
Expenditure
Committee costs and expenses
R Ramsden 24,330
R Jeffries 2,750
B Barger 5,930
33,010
Bank charges 954
Regatta costs (including refunds) 42,077
Professional fees 1,100
ISAF 190
77,331
Excess of expenditure over income (3,695)
Surplus of income for previous year 30,739
27,044
Represented By
Funds held in Sterling & Euro Accounts 27,044

We certify these accounts to be a true account of The International RSX Class Association’s financial position as at 31 January 2009.

Princecroft Willis LLP
Chartered Accountants

 

The International RSX Class Association

Financial Summary as at 31 July 2009

 

Income
Subscriptions and regatta income 48,021
Expenditure
Committee costs and expenses
R Ramsden 12,311
B Barger 3,841
16,152
Bank charges 449
Regatta costs (including refunds) 8,291
Professional fees 600
ISAF 240
25,732
Surplus income over expenditure 22,289
Surplus income for previous year 27,044
49,333
Represented By
Funds held in Sterling & Euro Accounts 49,333

We certify these accounts to be a true account of The International RSX Class Association’s financial position as at 31 July 2009.

Princecroft Willis LLP
Chartered Accountants

RS:X Annual General Meeting: Submissions

 

#
Detail
By
Accept
/Reject
ELECTION OF NATIONAL RS:X SAILOR REPRESENTATIVES (MALE & FEMALE)
1
“That one man and one woman national sailor representative be elected for each nation represented in the international RS:X men’s and women’s fleets by that nation’s sailors in that international fleet to express the views of the RS:X sailors from that nation to the sailors representatives elected to the RS:X Executive Committee and/or to the ISAF Athlete’s Commission. If a nation is not represented in a fleet (men or women) they cannot elect a rep in that fleet”
Reasons
a) to ensure that the ExCom sailor and ISAF AC reps have a clear way of interacting with the sailors of each represented nation.
Nicolas Huguet
CLASS RULES CHANGES & TECHNICAL POLICY PROPOSALS
2
Considering the large number of Mark 2 fins and centreboard on the market and that distributor are still selling them (january 2009), that the class should allow other RSX fins and centreboard to be used in all competitions except World and Continental championship from 1st January 2010.
ESP
3 Only equipment made after and including the following build numbers will be eligible to compete at World and European Championships

  • version V3 sails serial # 200502259
  • One shot hull # NP8RSX08020020 (serial number#020)
  • Fin 60cm # 1110351932-001(serial number# 001)
  • Fin 66cm # 1110357222-043(serial number#043)
GBR
4
That the new V4  ‘colored’ sails be approved for production immediately
Rory
5 Only V4 colored sails may be used from January 1st 2011at World and European Championships Rory
6 The new lightweight hull currently being developed shall be approved with a view to making the weight reduction class legal from January 1st 2013 Rory
7 Class Rule #6.3
  Current Rule
C.6.3(h) – The hull may be lightly sanded and/or polished. The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage.
Proposal: Amend C.6.3(h) as follows:
C.6.3(h) – The hull may be lightly sanded and/or polished. The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage.
Add new rule C.6.3(j) to read as follows;
C.6.3(j) – The manufacturer’s graphics on the inner layer of film shall not be affected except in the case of the result of local repairs to unintentional damage. The Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions for events other than World or Continental Championships may amend this rule.
Reason
The RSX Class has now been active since 2005 with over 2000 boards having been built by Neil Pryde. As equipment gets older and passed down to Youth Squads etc, the boards are subject to some damage and abuse to the point where the hull graphics may not be visible due to repairs etc to the underside of the board. The purpose of the rule is not to make older equipment out of class and as such a NOR or SI for National events may remove the requirement of C.6.3(j) to allow older equipment to be used.
However, for WC an Continental championships, competitors should be of the understanding that equipment shall not be modified and may only be done so to the extent permitted in the class rules.

Bas
8 New Class Rule C.8.1(c)
  Current Rule
N/a
Proposal: Add new rule C.8.1(c) to read as follows;
C.8.1(c) – For all mast spar sections before XXXXX, where the serial number is not clearly visible, B.2.1(b) shall apply.
Reason
It is known that the current method used by Neil Pryde to mark the mast spar sections is not permanent. Neil Pryde, have confirmed that they will amend the method of marking mast spar sections such that the serial number will be permanent and clearly visible for the purpose of Equipment inspection. Neil Pryde to confirm the serial number after which this will apply.
However, to stop competitors having older equipment rejected at events because the serial number is not visible, the Equipment Inspector should be able to use an alternative method for determining compliance with C.8.1(b).
Bas
9 New Class Rule H.1
  Current Rule
N/a
Proposal: Add new rule H.1 to read as follows;
H.1 Hull Weighing Procedure
Where an equipment inspector chooses to apply C.6.2(c), the following procedure shall be applied.
The hull shall be presented for this test in the condition as prescribed in C.6.1, which shall exclude all foot straps and any centreboard covers. The ventilation screw shall be in place for the test.
The hull shall be put into water and left to float un-aided for 30 seconds. The hull shall then be turned over and left to float un-aided for a further 30 seconds.
Once complete, the hull shall be stood vertically on its aft end for a period of ten minutes. After the 10 minutes the hull shall be re-weighed.

Reason
Following the RSX Europeans in Tel Aviv, the Class CM noted that in the absence of a defined method, the wet weighing procedure was open to a subjective view. The above test is proposed to remove any subjectivity and to standardise the test.
Bas
STANDARD SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
10 That the ISAF World Cup Regatta Organisers use the RS:X Format of Racing as stated in the RS:X Standard Championship Sailing Instructions
Rory
11
That the RS:X  Standard Sailing Instruction # 8.5 is amended as follows:
The maximum number of races per day:
a) In planning conditions, will be 3.
b) In displacement or marginal planing conditions, will be 1
c) A third race may be sailed only if:
· the first two races were sailed in planing conditions, or
· the last one of the first two races was sailed in planning conditions and planning
conditions exist for at least 10 minutes prior to the starting signal of the third race.

POL/BEL
12 That the RS:X  Standard Sailing Instruction # 8.6 is amended as follows:
a) When more than one race (or sequence of races, for two or more Classes/ Divisions/Groups) will be held on the same day, the warning signal for the first race shall be made at the stated time and for each succeeding race will be made as soon as practicable, except
b) when the forecast predicts planing conditions later that day. In such a case the races should be postponed until estimated time of planning conditions. Racing may only be postponed if it remains possible to complete daily racing schedule.
c) After a long postponement and/or to alert boards that a race or sequence of races will shortly begin, an Orange Flag will be displayed (with one sound) for at least four minutes before a warning signal is displayed. No sound signal will be made when the Orange Flag is lowered.
POL/BEL
13 Proposals as presented above ( #11 & 12) shall also relate to youth championships.
Reasons:
1. To keep Olympic windsurfing as much as possible in seamanlike manners using wind as the main method of propulsion.
2. To minimize risk of injury, especially for youth sailors, existing in pumping conditions.
POL/BEL
STANDARD NOTICES OF RACE
14
That The number of days allotted in the championship schedule prior to the first official race is reduced to ONE for all class championships
a)    Only post race measurement checks will be carried out by the measurement team in co-operation with the International Jury.
b)    Participants shall enter the serial numbers of the equipment that they propose to use at a championship when they enter on-line and be responsible for ensuring that said equipment complies with class rules.
c)    The LOA provides a measurement area which will be supervised by the measurement team in which the necessary scales, measurement tapes and other equipment is available for competitors to check their equipment themselves.
d)    The equipment data base can be made available to ISAF Sailing World Cup Organisers

Rory/Bas
15
That the NoR shall state that competitors shall not go afloat before completing registration procedures on site
Rory
FUTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS
All decisions made by the AGM on future championship venues are subject to contract agreement by the LOA with the Executive Office
16
That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Thailand under the management of the EWC between the end of January and Palma. EWC
17 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Cadiz, Spain (bid supported by the RFEV)
ESP
18 That the 2012 World Championship shall take place in Brest, France (bid supported by the FFV)
FRA
19 That the 2012 European Championship shall take place in Schevennigen, Holland (bid supported by the KNWV)
NED
20 The Fiji Yachting Association would like to officially express its interest to host the 2012 edition of the RS: X world championships in Fiji. FIJ
21 “Bids for Class Continental and World Championships will first be subjected to the scrutiny of the Executive Committee. Only those bids that meet with ExeCom approval will be presented to the AGM for further discussion” Rory
SELECTION OF RS:X CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES
22

That the venue for a continental championship for both the Youth & Olympic Fleet shall be subject to a vote at a previous continental championship in that continent by paid up National Class Associations of that same continent.

Only in the case where there is not a properly constituted quorum or in the absence of a previous timely continental championship shall the vote be made at the AGM and then only by the NCAs of the relevant continent.

FRA
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT POLICY
23 That the RS:X Class shall stage an annual Open European Youth Championships

Please note that youth divisions [U19] are included in continental championships outside Europe and these are open

Rory
24 It has been identified in the Youth Development Policy (YDP) that there is a need for equipment that helps sailors transition from the Techno to RSX. Given, as stated in the YDP – “We see that having an overlap with the Bic Techno class at the bottom end of the age range is a good thing. It will keep more young adults in the sport and allow them to race on equipment that is suitable to their body weight/physique” – it follows that the techno should be encouraged as the primary one design stepping stone/feeder class for the Olympic Pathway, a platform that is and has established itself as the first steps in talent ID and Skills Development in national junior pathways across most of the world, a situation that can only benefit a clear template for NGB’s and sailors a like.The proposal is therefore that rather than pursue a parallel RSX junior rig, the class should support the Techno 7.8 One design sail as the transition rig using the RSX platform. Therefore supporting both the current pathway and reducing initial costs, leading to the next step of Youth 8.5 RSX when ability and or size permits.

 

GBR

RSX Class Annual General Meeting: Agenda

2009 RSX Class Annual General Meeting
September 7thth 2009 at 1600hrs
WPNSA
Weymouth, England

Agenda

I Apologies
II
Approval of the Minutes of the last meeting
III Reports
a)    President
b)    Treasurer
c)    Continental Representatives
d)    Manufacturers Representative
e)    Youth Development
IV  To note the election of new fleet representatives
V To receive submissions [Please see Appendix 1]
VI Any other business

RS:X Class Annual General Meeting

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Minutes of the 2008 RS:X Class Annual General Meeting held at the Takapuna Boating Club, North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand on January 16th from 1600hrs > 2100hrs.

1. Present:
Executive Committee

Piotr Hlavaty (chair) Senior Vice President 1
David Mead Neil Pryde Representative 1
Rene Appel Coach’s delegate 1
Olga Maslivets Women’s Fleet Delegate 1
Nicolas Huguet Men’s Fleet Delegate 1
Rory Ramsden COO/Class Secretary 1

2. Apologies

Martin Aldridge Treasurer
Rich Jeffries ISAF Representative & Outgoing President
Aaron Botzer Outgoing Vice-President
Mike Dempsey Incoming President
Ben Barger Incoming Vice- President

3. Present

AUS Brendan Todd 1 IND Ashutosh Tripathi 1
BEL Pascal Peeters 1 ISR Gur Steinberg 1
BRA Eduardo Abad 1 ITA Vicenzo Baglione 1
BUL Kamen Fillyov 1 JPN Tojhio Yamada 1
CAN Zac Plavsic 1 KOR Sang Dae Jung 1
COL Camilo Marmol 1 LTU Gintautas Bernotas 1
CYP Costas Symeonides 1 NED Jochem Brenninkmeijer 1
CZE Petr Kucera 1 NOR Sebastian Wang Hansen 1
DEN Moses Lovstad 1 NZL Grant Lynch 1
ESP Kim Lythgoe 1 POL Tomas Chamera 1
EST Erik Luka 1 POR Jose Gouveia 1
FRA Pascal Chaullet 1 RUS Victor Antonov 1
GBR Barrie Edgington 1 SVK Patrik Pollak 1
GRE Takis Nikiforides 1 TPE Alex Mowday 1
HKG Rene Appel 1 TUR Ilker Bayinder 1
HUN Lorand Utassy 1 UKR Olga Maslivets 1

4.    Minutes of the last meeting
4.01 The minutes of the 2007 Annual General Meeting were approved.
5.     Reports
a) President’s Report
Piotr Hlavaty read a short report prepared from Rich “ First of all I want to say how sorry I am not in Takapuna to deliver this message personally. I have been with the RS:X since its introduction to the Test Events and I am proud to have been your President during the first Olympic Quadrennial. During the past few months since the combined worlds in Cascais, Portugal we have made some very important moves forward for the class and windsurfing as an Olympic sport We have…
- Developed, tested and approved a new construction process for the hull that will dramatically increase the quality of the board and reduce the tolerances. These new boards will be, and are, equal to the best boards being sailed today.
- Worked with COBRA and Neil Pryde to provide better foils. We realize that this is the one area where we can improve the product if the foils were of higher quality. To this end both Neil Pryde and an outside vendor have been given the challenge to produce for the class a better fin and then dagger board.
- Developed new and exciting graphics for the Olympic sails that we feel will greatly increase the visibility of the sailors in the Olympic regatta.
- Begun work on new board graphics for the Olympics and should be equally outstanding
In addition
- The one shot boards will have graphics different from the boards built under the old process
- Once the Olympic boards are built, those countries who have qualified for the Games will be given the opportunity to purchase one board each for their qualified woman and man so they can become comfortable on the one-shot board.
- I hope you have seen the new jig for measuring the fin and I hope that it is doing in the field what we had expected.
- You will learn who your next Class President will be and I look forward to handing the responsibilities of the Class over to that person.
I want to personally thank Rory who does most of the work for the class. Day in and day out Rory is working for all of you and he has made my job much easier. THANKS RORY
Look at our web page. At the European Championships in Turkey I approached Ben and one other person and asked them to put together a plan. We have more hits on our website then any other Olympic Class’s website
In November during the voting for the next Olympics, I was concerned going in (as every class was). But in the Events Committee we received only one less vote for support then the Lasers. And then at Council we were one vote behind again with the outcome for windsurfing never an issue.
Thank you Ralph Roberts and the Takapuna Yacht Club for continuing the tradition of the RS:X Class having great World Championships Events. Thanks Ralph and Penny.
My best to everyone and I truly wish I could be there.

b) Treasurer’s Report (see Appendix 1 for financial statement)
Rory Ramsden delivered the treasurer’s report on behalf of Martin Aldridge and confirmed that the class had a credit balance of Euro 15,000 as of December 31st 2007.
Going forward the class will stage 2 championships in 2008 being the Europeans (May 1 -10) and the Youth Worlds (either in August in Sicily OR in Pattaya in December) The income from these two events should amount to Euro 16,000.
Therefore a total of Euro 31,000 will have to cover all expenditure and expenses through to the first major event of 2009. This should not be a problem if expenditure can be kept within existing limits.
c) Continental Representatives
Asia: Rene Appel The Class is growing in Asia with more younger sailors coming into the class.
Europe: Nicolas Huguet It is a pleasure to see competitors competing at high level from the Scandinavian countries. The class is keen to build on this base to develop vibrant RS:X national class associations in the region.
Oceania: Brendan Todd a Bic Techno class has been formed in Australia as a pathway for young windsurfers to develop the necessary racing tactics and board handling skills before they move up the RS:X Youth Division. The RS:X Class in New Zealand is developing.
South America: Eduardo Abad There are competitors racing here in New Zealand from Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Although in each country, the class is not big, the level of participation by South American athletes in high level events has increased since the days of IMCO. In Brazil, the class is developing by encouraging sailors from the Optimist class to join the RS:X Class.
d) Manufacturers Representative’s Report (see Appendix 2 for more)
David Mead confirmed that Cobra is working very co-operatively with NP to tighten production processes and specifications so much so that the tail kick tolerance on the new ‘one shot’ production of the hull is 0.5mm.
Hull
Both Nicolas Huguet in France and Rene Appel in Hong Kong have been involved in testing the pre-production ‘One shots’ on the water and it has been found that there is no difference in performance against the best performing ‘old style’ production hulls.
Also detailed measurement and comparison of the pre-production ‘one shots’ has taken place in Hong Kong and discussed with Cobra. This has resulted in templates being made for the rails of the hull to check thickness and rail profile in seven places on both sides of the hull.
Fin
A new steel mould has been made in which all fins will be produced from the end of January ’08. The shape has been taken from the original Vector fin used during the ISAF Test Events before selection was made in 2004. Templates have also been produced which will be used to check that production fins comply with the required tolerances. (one comment from the floor suggested that if Pre-Preg is used in the production of the fin that performance differences would be reduced to a minimum)
Centreboard
The centerboard will also be produced using a new composite mould from the end of January ‘08
Sails
Sails for use at the 2008 Olympic Regatta will all be cut from the same batches of cloth; by the same person and then stuck/sewn by the same girl in an effort to reduce differences to the minimum.
Olympic Equipment & Equipment for qualified Nations
All equipment will be measured in the factory and then set aside for ISAF inspection and approval prior to being shipped to Quing Dao. 75 sets will be sent. The graphics on the hull will be different from those on the existing hulls.
When the Olympic equipment has been set aside, the factory will then concentrate on producing a batch for sale to ISAF Member National Authorities with either one man or one woman or both entered to compete in the Olympic Regatta. These will all be made available at the same time so nations have an equal amount of time in which to train on the new ‘one shot’ equipment.
Production Manual & Event Measurement
There were several questions from the floor asking why the class had not published any event measurement data. It was explained that before the class could see any of the data in the production manual, the ISAF had required key personnel to sign a secrecy agreement. Current ISAF policy is to ensure that ‘in house certification is carried out by manufacturers of class equipment to ensure that it complies with the production manual tolerances. Event measurement is therefore reduced to a minimum and in effect requires the scrutineering of production marks and serial numbers before the equipment is signed off for use in the regatta concerned.
e) Youth Development
Piotr explained that a series of 3 regional regattas have been put in place involving countries with Baltic coast lines (EST, LAT, RUS, POL, GER & DEN) and encouraged other countries to work to establish similar series with their neighbours so that young sailors can gain experience without having to travel a long way.

6. Submissions

# Detail Votes
1 That the newly elected members of the Executive committee should start their term of office on September 1st 2008 after the 2008 Olympic Games is over. Withdrawn
2 Personal Equipment – Add to CR 3.2 – Timing Device and Heart Rate Monitor Withdrawn
3 Class Rule F.1.2
a) The top and bottom sections of the mast spar from serial number 629545 (490 mast) and 629932 (520 mast) shall carry serial numbers as engraved by the licensed manufacturer in a readable condition.
For 22
Against 6
4 The class should raise its profile in the media by investing seed corn capital (see submission 5) in the RS:X World and European Championships For 25
Against 2
5 To raise this seed corn capital, the class shall sell to NP self adhesive IHC aluminium tags carrying the RSX Logo and a unique serial number which shall be placed on each item of equipment in the factory. The cost per tag per item shall be Euro 5 except for the sail where the cost shall be Euro 25. From January 1st 2010, equipment shall carry such tags to be class legal. The revenue shall be held in a separate account and be used exclusively for the promotion of the class in the media. For 21
Against 9
6 For The RSX World, European Championships, the class shall supply (costs included in the entry fee) self-adhesive national flags, which shall be worn in addition to ISAF Category C advertising. These national flags shall be worn back-to-back immediately above Batten #5. The final decision on size shall be taken at the 2008 European Championship For 20
Against 8
Submissions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 dealing with amending the format were withdrawn after two meetings with the coaches who felt that the existing Olympic format worked well. Withdrawn
12 a) The minimum wind speed in which a race may be started should be 4 knots
b) The time limit in which the first board shall pass the first mark should be 10 minutes
NB. The meeting felt that the Class shall write to ISAF and express strongly that they wish to race at the same time and in the same conditions as other classes
Withdrawn
13 The RSX class should maintain its existing policy of allowing an RC to shorten a course at a mark to give it more flexibility. For 28
14 Race scores to which penalty points have been allocated may not be discarded Against 31
15 Sailors should only be informed that they were OCS at the end of the race in question. For 19 Against 11
16 The Class may experiment with alternative scoring systems/ formats at its youth events For 22 Against 4
17 The class should introduce perpetual trophies for its major championships which should be engraved with World and Olympic Champions since 1984 For 27
18 Only sails built on or after 1st August 2006 (sails with serial # 200502259 or greater) may be registered for use in the 2008 European championship (version 3) For 14 Against 12
19 Only one set of results for the European Championship will be published which will include the limited number of non-European sailors Against 16 For 7
20 Only countries with entries in the women’s fleet may apply for wild cards for additional places in the men’s fleet in the RS:X World or European Championship For 12
Against 9
21 The class may find an alternative supplier for the RSX fin. Said supplier shall be able to produce consistently one design fins with durable performance characteristics at an affordable price For 25
22 The class should encourage the development of ‘Regional Youth Racing Series’ to promote youth racing whilst limiting the cost of taking part by staging combined events with the Bic Techno Class Association Withdrawn
23 The 2009 RS:X Youth World Championship should be staged in Wimereux, Pas de Calais, France at the end of August For 16
Against 2
24 The 2009 RS:X Youth World Championship should be staged by the Kerteminde Sailing Club in Denmark withdrawn
25 The 2009 RS:X European Championship should be staged by the Kerteminde Sailing Club in Denmark or in Wimereux, Pas de Calais, France if the Israel Yachting Association fails to sign the event contract presented by the RS:X Executive Office Withdrawn
26 2009 RS:X South American Championship should be staged in Buzios, Brazil For 17
27 2009 RS:X North American Championship should be staged in San Francisco, USA based on the St. Francis Yacht Club For 17
28 2010 RS:X European Championship should be staged in Sopot, Poland
NB. The meeting felt that they preferred to reduce the number of combined regattas to a minimum although no formal vote was taken as no submission had been received and distributed as required by the Constitution
For 23
29 2010 RS:X Youth World Championship should be staged in San Francisco, USA based on the St. Francis Yacht Club (July/August) For 17
30 2010 RS:X World Championship should be staged by the Kerteminde Sailing Club in Denmark just after the Pre-Olympics in Weymouth. Against 18
For 16
31 2010 RS:X World Championship should be staged in Paros, Greece For 18
Against 16
32 2010 RS:X World Championship should be staged in Korea Withdrawn
33 2011 RS:X European Championships should be staged in Helsinki, Finland as part of the Olympic Classes Open European Championships’ Deferred to 2009 AGM
34 2012 RS:X World Championship should be staged in Buzios, Brazil provided that a satisfactory presentation of the proposed event is made at the 2009 AGM and that the LOA signs the contract For 22
35 Aaron Botzer was elected a life member of the class by 100% of the votes cast For 25
36 Rich Jeffries was elected a life member of the class by 100% of the votes cast For 20
37 Barbara Kendall was elected a life member of the class by 100% of the votes cast For 25

 

Appendix 1 – Financial Statement

The International RSX Class Association Ltd
Financial Summary as at 31 December 2007

Income
Subscriptions and race fees €105,737
Expenditure
Committee costs and expenses
R Ramsden 24,627
R Jeffries 21,618
B Barger 6,785
53,030
Bank charges 843
Company formation 484
Youth Worlds 2,276
Europeans 798
International Sailing Federatio 240
Less Provisions (below) 29,526
(87,197)
Surplus income over expenditure €18,540
Represented By
Funds held in Sterling & Euro Accounts €48,066
Less provisions for
LOA of 08 Worlds 16,351
Sprint Signs (flags on sails) 9,000
LOA of Europeans 2007 2,000
LOA of Asian Champs 2007 675.00
Purchase of fins from Vendor ‘X’ 1,500
(29,526)
€18,540

 

Appendix 2 – Neil Pryde Presentation to the 2008 RS:X Annual General Meeting
Objective of presentation :
To impart to the Class Association, sailors and coaches confidence that we have taken all necessary steps to ensure a fair Olympic Regatta for all athletes.

I don’t see any need at this time to cover sales qty’s or review the warranty rates again. The class know that progress has been made and at this point they only have one concern, that is how we will deliver equipment that guarantee’s them equal performance to their competitors in Qingdao.

Therefore our focus should be on the steps we have taken to achieve that, as follows -

1. One shot board production. A key technological advance made with our supplier to enable the RS:X to be built using a one step production method. This method means the boards foam core and all lamination layers are pressed and cured in one procedure while still in the mould. This is an essential advance over the previous method where multiple “hands on” steps and a two step lamination process led to variations in shape.

2. One shot boards were tested in France and the final trials in Hong Kong led to approval.

3. ISAF are advised of one shot approval.

4. Neil Pryde will no longer build boards using the original production method. One shot boards are in production from early January onwards with priority being given to Olympic production.

5.    Dedicated Production Team and Line at Cobra
Cobra have picked a specialist team to produce the boards. The key production personnel now number only seven staff. This focus on the same staff performing the same process on each board will create consistency throughout the boards. Note, the qty of hand work on the one shot boards is far less than on the original production technology and this will remove a lot of opportunity for mistakes to be made.

6. Neil Pryde and Cobra have also reviewed areas “CTQ” (Critical to Quality) especially the production of the fins and dagger boards. Fins have been an area of special concern due to wide tolerance seen up to now. In order to control this key component of performance, we have invested in new alloy moulds (see photo). These are far more stable than the glass moulds used previously and will retain their shape in the long run due to the inherent stability of the alloy.

One mould will be used for production of the fins in future.

Secondly Neil Pryde and Cobra have developed a series of fin templates that measure the foil thickness and fore and aft position of this thickness.

Each fin (60 and 66cm) has two jigs, one made to min tolerance and one made to max tolerance. After production, each fin will be placed into the min tolerance jig. Should the fin be too thin at any single station there will be “play” and the fin will move around in the jig. The fin is therefore out of spec and will be discarded.

If the fin does not fully sit into the jig, the fin is above min tolerance and will then be tried in the “max tolerance” jig (see photo). If the fin sits into this jig at all stations then the fin is within tolerance and will be shipped. If the fin is to thick to fit into the jig at any one station then the fin is above max tolerance and will be discarded. (see photo of fin correctly seated into measurement jig)

This is a simple and highly accurate “Go / No Go” quality control check for all fins.

7. Daggerboard.
A new composite mould has been made for the dagger board. Note, an alloy mould is not required for this item due to the differences in the lay up as compared to the fins where more foam is used in the dagger boads where the fins are predominantly carbon structures.  One mould will be used for dagger board production.

8. Olympic Production
-The closest 75 boards will be selected from a minimum stock of 110 boards. The measurement specs will be presented to the ISAF technical representative who will also check them and then make his selection of  the boards.
-A production run of up to 300 masts is being built and the closest 75 masts in terms of weight and bend curve will be proposed to ISAF for selection as masts for Qingdao.
-75 booms will be selected from a total of 180 booms, again weight will be the determining factor.
-ISAF Technical Representative is due in Thailand and China end April to measure, check and select the equipment for the Games.

RS:X Class Annual General Meeting

Minutes of the 2007 RS:X Class Annual General Meeting held at the Cultural Centre, Cascais, Portugal on July 9th from 1400hrs > 1830hrs.

Present:

Executive Committee
Rich Jeffries President & ISAF Representative 1
Piotr Hlavaty Senior Vice President 1
Aaron Botzer Vice President 1
David Mead Neil Pryde Representative 1
Rene Appel Coach’s delegate 1
Olga Maslivets Women’s Fleet Delegate 1
Nicolas Huguet Men’s Fleet Delegate 1
Rory Ramsden Class Secretary 1
Apologies
Martin Aldridge Treasurer
National Class Associations
AUS B. Todd 1 HUN L. Utassy 1
BRA C. Santos 1 IND A. Tripathi 1
CAN Z. Plavsic 1 ISR
Y. Mayan 1
CYP
1 ITA Franco Pagliarani 1
DEN M. Lovstad 1 NED J. Brenninkmeijer 1
EGY A. Abahrouz 1 NZL JP Tobin 1
ESP K. Lythgoe 1 POL
T. Chamera 1
FRA
P. Chaullet 1 POR 1
GBR B. Edgington 1 THA
1
GER
D. Bakker 1 UKR
M. Obermeko 1
GRE N. Kaklamanakis 1 USA B. Barger 1
HKG R. Appel 1
Observer National Class Representatives
MAR M. Elsafty
SVK P. Pollak

1.    Minutes of the last meeting
1.01 The minutes of the 2006 Annual General Meeting were approved after agreement by show of hands that the vote to elect continental representatives to the executive committee (item XII) be struck from the record.

2.     Reports
a) President’s Report
Rich Jeffries reported that considerable effort was being expended in the effort to ensure proper controls are put in place in the factory to ensure one design equipment; clarify the class rules and promote the class through its website which is now the most highly ranked of any of the Olympic Classes.  He confirmed that the ISAF viewed the progress the class is making in its development in a positive way.

b) Continental Representatives
There being insufficient time to hear reports from each continent this item was deferred to the 2008 Annual General Meeting in Auckland.

c) Manufacturers Representative’s Report
David Mead confirmed that the number of warranty claims now being received is trailing off as build quality improves and that Neil Pryde and Cobra are receiving continuing input almost daily from the class. This is allowing them to forge a deeper understanding of the issues that we all face as well as serving to focus and direct their attention.

Up to now Cobra have built RS:X hulls using their standard construction method but to tighter tolerances to those normally achieved in making for other brands. However, subsequent to a visit earlier in the year by ISAF/RS:X a new construction method has been pursued that allows the deck and the underside layers being put into the mould together before being pressed, heated and cured in ‘one shot’ before being taken out. This holds the board to the designed shape as it hardens and tightens tolerances considerably.

10 pre-production boards have been produced using this method which will be digitally scanned and compared to existing production boards.

Masts are made in the factory as two separate pieces (not made as one piece and then cut) before being matched and bent to select whole masts that comply with the construction manual bend tolerances. The Class has asked that they also comply with a mutually agreed min/max weight tolerance also.

Neil Pryde recognize that they have to tighten tolerances on the fin and the centerboard by introducing plan and sectional templates to control shape, a min/max weight tolerance and a deflection test.

Version One sails have not been built since August 2006 and  have been withdrawn from the market. David Mead agreed to check that no distributors/importers are still holding any V1/V2 sails and that there will be sufficient V3 sails available for the 2008 Worlds.

David Mead announced that Neil Pryde have established an on-line store to sell spare parts using credit card payment with delivery being made by courier which will provide fast turnaround of stock items from mid-July 2007. An opening stock position is available. Future stock positions will be tailored according to demand.

d) Treasurer’s Report
Rory Ramsden delivered the treasurer’s report on behalf of Martin Aldridge and confirmed that the class had established a limited company with no shareholders in the UK. This had enabled the class to open Sterling and Euro bank accounts as well as set up the on-line payment facility.

The Class has received income from the European Championship, Youth World Championship and National Class Association subscriptions as well as £5000 only from ISAF/Neil Pryde. (see statement as of June 30th attached)

The cash flow forecast going forward into 2008 will allow the class to survive without going into deficit until the end of 2008 provided that costs are tightly controlled. However, it is essential that the class meets with ISAF to find out when contributions derived from the agreement with Neil Pryde will be paid and whether there are any outstanding.

3.    Submissions

# Detail Action
1 To employ a Full time Class Secretary Deferred to 08 AGM
2 Olympic Games Supplied Equipment Deferred to 08 AGM
3 Footstraps Accepted
Delete existing Class Rule C.6.1(b) and replace with…
A maximum of 9 and a minimum of 5 foot straps made by Neil Pryde being either the Original version  (model # GNPRSXFS) or the New design (model # GNPRSXFSL)  shall be fitted to the existing inserts using any stainless steel screw and the original rectangular washer. Foot straps shall be fitted with at least one screw and washer at each end
4-5 The meeting agreed to establish a working party chaired by Rene Appel to define the necessary class rule changes to ensure that they have no further grey areas which shall be put to the membership in an e-mail vote for approval at the earliest opportunity
6-9 Submissions 6, 7, 8 & 9 were deferred to the 2008 RS:X Annual General Meeting.
The meeting agreed to establish a working party chaired by Kamen Fillyov to evaluate the policies enshrined in the current Standard Championship Sailing Instructions as well as  submissions 6,7,8 & 9 and make a report to the Executive Committee before the necessary submissions can be prepared for discussion by the 2008 Annual General Meeting in New Zealand.
10 The meeting agreed to defer these submissions to be discussed by the National Class Associations attending the Youth World Championships in Sopot so that the opinions of those involved in the development of RS:X youth racing can be heard. Piotr Hlavaty shall make a report on this meeting to the 2008 RS:X AGM in New Zealand
11 2008 RS:X European Championship
The meeting agreed to accept the bid from the FFV to stage the event in Brest, France between the Semaine Olympique Francaise and the Holland Regatta
13 2008 RS:X Youth European Championship
This submission was withdrawn by DEN as it was dependent on winning the bid to stage the 2009 RS:X World Championship
The meeting empowered the ExCom to finalise a venue for the 2008 RS:X Youth European Championship
14 2008 RS:X Youth World Championship
The meeting agreed to accept the bid from Pattaya, Thailand
15 2009 RS:X European Championship
The meeting agreed to accept the bid from Tel Aviv, Israel
16 2009 RS:X World Championship
The meeting agreed to accept the bid from Weymouth, England
18 2010 RS:X World Championship or European Championship
deferred to the 2008 RS:X AGM in New Zealand

4.    Any Other Business
4.1 Coaches Meeting
Rene Appel reported on the coaches’ meeting held before the opening of the 07 Worlds and confirmed that there was concern over equipment tolerances and class rules which must be clarified so that tough measurement can take place. In addition, there was some concern expressed about the potential cost of the ‘flags on sails’ initiative.

4.2    Gold Standard
Barry Edgington expressed a wish to see a ‘Gold Standard’ introduced to control the tolerances on existing equipment.

4.3    Sails
The meeting agreed to restrict the use of sails at the 2008 World Championship to Version 3 sails only.

The International RSX Class Association
Financial Summary as at 30th June 2007
Income
Subscriptions and race fees 18727
Expenditure
Committee costs and expenses:
R Ramsden 3750
R Jefferies 8769
B Barger 1723
14242
Cyprus Europeans 2333
Bank Charges 109
Company Formation 323
17007
Surplus income over expenditure 1720
Represented By
Funds in Bank 6153
Less Monies owed:
R Jefferies 4000
Europeans 2333
6333
-180
Add Monies Prepaid 1900
Surplus Funds 1720