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INTERNATIONAL MISTRAL CLASS ORGANISATION - CONSTITUTION

NAME, RESIDENCE & PURPOSE

1.  NAME & RESIDENCE

1.1     The name of the association shall be the International Mistral Class Organisation ( IMCO ), a non-profit sports association, affiliated to the International Sailing Federation, a member of the IWA, and currently resident in the UK.

1.2     The General Assembly may decide to transfer the Association Residence to another country more suitable for the purpose of carrying out the activities of the Association.

2.  PURPOSE

2.1     To govern the activities of the Mistral classes including, but not limited to, the Mistral One Design Class (MOD) and the Mistral Junior One Design Class (MJOD).

2.2     To promote and manage Class competition at International, Continental and World Championship level and represent the interest of the owners and their National Associations at ISAF.

2.3     To develop one design practice at recreational and elite level, and to all age groups including junior, youth and masters.

3.  LANGUAGE

          The official language of the class and all its publications is English. In this constitution the word "shall" is mandatory and the word "may" is permissive.

4.  MEMBERSHIP

4.1    Membership may be granted to those National Class Associations (NCA's) controlling the class activity in a country and recognised as such by the ISAF member authority for that country.

4.2    Members of the Association shall agree to abide by this Constitution.

4.3     The classes of membership of the Association shall be:

          a) Full Member (FM)

          National Class Associations who shall represent the views of their membership to their National Authority and other official Associations.

          b) Individual Member (IM)

        Individual Competitors may apply for membership provided that there is no existing National Class Association representing that country. Individual Members have no voting rights.

          c) Honorary Member (HM)

          A General Assembly may as a mark of respect , or in appreciation of past services, confer honorary membership on any person who has been active in the Association. Honorary Members have no voting rights.

          d) Associate Member (AM)

          Individuals involved professionally, in the sport of windsurfing in some capacity, for example: physiotherapists, coaches, race officers, judges, measurers, media personnel.      

4.4   ISAF Member National Authorities. Full Member status may be granted to a National Sailing Federation in countries where no NCA exists or the NCA is unwilling to pay the membership fees.

4.5    Membership applications made to the Executive Committee shall be ratified by the General Assembly.

4.6     A member may be suspended by the Executive Committee for gross violation of the Rules, for committing an unlawful act in relation to the Association or one of its members, or for any unsportsmanlike conduct contrary to the interests of the members of the Association. The duration of the suspension shall be fixed by the Executive Committee  and a suspended member shall during such period be  precluded from enjoying any rights of membership.

4.7         On being admitted to membership, each member is entitled to and the Association shall give him, without charge, a copy of the constitution and bylaws of the Association.

5.  MEMBERSHIP FEES

5.1     Each member shall pay annual fees, as set by the General Assembly. As long as the Association  wished  to remain a member of the IWA, the fee structure for classes shall be agreed with the IWA.

5.2     All subscriptions are due on 1 January each year.  

5.3     A member who has not paid their annual fees shall not be entitled to any rights or privileges of membership.

5.4     An Honorary Member shall not pay a subscription of any sort.

ORGANISATION

6.  BODIES

          The IMCO consists of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.

7.  GENERAL ASSEMBLY

7.1     The General Assembly shall be the authoritative body of the  association which shall devolve such general administrative and / or executive power to the Executive  Committee it deems relevant.

7.2     The General Assembly shall consist of delegates appointed by the Full Members of the Association and the elected members of the Executive Committee, each with one vote. Full Members representing more than one Class may appoint one delegate for each Class it represents.

7.3     Ordinary meetings of the General Assembly shall be held annually, usually at ,but not confined to, a Class  World  Championships.

7.4     A special meeting of the General Assembly shall be held on demand of 1/3rd of the current member associations as defined in Item 4.

7.4.1 Special General Assembly business is all business except...

          a) the adoption of rules of order;

          b) To consider the request and its reasons for calling the Special General Assembly;

          c) the consideration of the financial statements;

          d) the report of the auditors, if any; and the appointment of the auditor, if required;

          e) and any other business that ought to be or is required to be transacted at an Annual General Assembly.

7.5     The Agenda of an ordinary General Assembly shall contain:

  •  Previous Minutes
  •  Chairman's Report
  •  Financial Statements
  •  Executive Committee Elections (bi-annual)
  •  Executive Committee recommendations
  •  Class Rule change submissions for ISAF
  •  proposals for future championship sites and dates

7.6     Each delegate or Committee member has one vote, but may represent no more than two other member associations from whom he or she had received a proxy vote mandate. These proxy mandates shall be in writing and declared at least 24 hours before the relevant meeting to the Executive Committee Chairman or Vice Chairman.

7.7    Alternatively, member associations may put in their vote by password protected e-mail. Postal votes must be e-mailed to the Executive Committee at the designated e-mail address, at least 24 hours before the date and time of the General Assembly as posted on the official class web site.

7.8     The decisions of the general Assembly shall be by simple majority of votes. In case of an equality of votes the chairman shall have a casting vote.

7.9     The Quorum at a general assembly shall be delegates, elected committee members and postal votes, together holding a minimum of 10  votes as defined in above.

7.10   At least 6 weeks notice of the general assembly and its agenda shall be given, this will be by email to the member Associations and by posting it the IWA website and on each Class website. Any items to be voted on shall be posted on the Class website not less than 20 days before the general assembly.

 7.11 Proposed amendments to the constitution must be submitted to the Executive Committee 30 days prior to the published date of the Class General Assembly.

7.11.1 Amendments to this constitution shall be approved by each of...

          a) The Executive Committee;

          b) At least 66% of the Annual General Assembly.

7.12   The date and place for the general assembly shall be decided by the Executive  Committee.

8.  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

8.1     The Executive Committee size shall be determined by the General Assembly (minimum of 4, and maximum of 9)  and is elected for a term of two years. They shall serve in his/her elected capacity for no more than four terms.

8.2     All retiring committee members may stand for re-election.

8.3     The Executive Committee shall elect from within itself a Chairman & Vice-Chairman. Should the IWA affiliation cease, an Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary may be appointed. In case of a vacancy the Executive Committee may co-opt a member until the appointment is confirmed by the next General  Assembly.

8.4     The Executive Committee is responsible for the technical management of the associaton and all matters not delegated to other bodies by the general assembly. The Executive Committee represents the Association and the Mistral Classes to all national and International organisations, and event organisers.

8.5     Class rule change recommendations submitted to ISAF, shall be subject to ratification by the general assembly prior to implementation.

8.6    Decisions of the Executive Committee shall be by a simple majority of votes, each member shall have one vote. In the case of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

8.7     Meetings will normally occur only at major championship events, where a minimum of 4 present (Including the Chairman or vice-chairman) shall form a quorum. Normal business may be conducted by e-mail where a Quorum of 4 votes (including the chairman or vice-chairman) shall be the minimum.

8.8     The Executive Committee Chairman or Vice-Chairman shall be responsible for the proper execution of the General Assembly.

8.9     The Executive Committee Chairman shall report to the General Assembly on all relevant matters pertaining to the relationship with bodies.

9.  BYLAWS

          The Executive Committee may make bylaws for the purpose of carrying out the objects of the Association and to fulfill their obligations as defined by this constitution. Bylaws shall be ratified by the General Assembly.

10.  DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

10.1    Dissolution shall be decided by a vote of not less than two thirds of all Executive Committee members.

10.1.1Votes shall be expressed in writing, duly signed and handed or sent by post to the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Association.

10.2   All funds remaining after settlement of all accounts shall be shared among the Full Members in proportion to the annual subscription paid by each Full Member in the  last two years of the Association's existence.

11.    CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES

11.1    Consultative Committees may be established by the General Assembly.

11.2    Consultative Committees shall contain at least one Executive Committee member.

11.3    Consultative Committees shall report to the General Assembly.

11.4    Consultative Committees may be established for a definite or an indefinite period.

 

May 2006