mistral junior one design
MISTRAL JUNIOR ONE DESIGN
An International ISAF Class
Mistral Junior One Design Class
Directors: Ivor Hopkins & Bill Mason (Treasurer)
IMCO International Limited, Company No: 2965563 (England & Wales)
Registered Office: 4 Park Place, North Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
Minutes of the 2002 Mistral Junior One Design Class Annual Council Meeting held at the Yacht Club Hotel, Puerto Sherry, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, Spain on Tuesday July 9th at 1830hrs.
1. Election of Chairman of the Meeting & identification of voting delegates
· The number of national classes in good standing with representatives in the room was identified and the number of voting delegates agreed.
· There being 3 MJOD Committee members present, a Quorum was present according to the constitution and the meeting was declared valid.
· Tak Sum Wong (HKG) was elected as chairman of the meeting
Proposed GER Seconded BRA – 11s votes in favour- accepted
2. Minutes of the 2001 Annual General Meeting & matters arising
· There being no matters arising the minutes of the 2002 AGM were accepted as read.
Proposed GER Seconded NED – 13 votes in favour
3. To receive the reports of the MJOD chairman, the IWA Representative and the Treasurer
a) Chairmans Report (See Appendix 1 )
b) IWA Representatives Report (See Appendix 2 )
c) Treasurers Report (See Appendix 3 )
4. 2003 MJOD Class Rules
The existing Class Rules have been re-formatted to match the ISAF Standard Class Rules format. This allows International Regatta Rules to be included so that common sailing instructions do not have to be repeated at each regatta in which the MJOD Class competes (see section H). Equipment Rules have not been changed but the following
points should be noted:
a) New Class Rule C.5 –Advertising
The class is currently defined as a Category A Class under ISAF Regulation 20. After some discussion, the following proposal was put forward:
That the MJOD Class change its designation from Category A to Category C (unrestricted)
Proposed ISR Seconded GER – 12 votes in favour- accepted
b) New Class Rule C.6.2 – Hull Weight
The meeting was asked to note that the new minimum hull weight is proposed to be 15.50kgs (still 4.5Kgs approx lighter
than an Aloha). An increase of 0.50Kgs introduced to ensure that used equipment remains competitive for longer. After
some discussion the following proposal was put forward:
That the minimum hull weight shall be 15.50Kgs
Proposed BRA Seconded MEX – 8 votes in favour and 3 abstentions- accepted
c) New Class Rule H.7 – Jockey Colours
In the light of the decision on Advertising above, the matter of Jockey Colours was raised for those competitors not carrying full Category C as defined by ISAF Regulation 20. There was some discussion lead by Jochum (NED) who expressed concern that the current IMCO Class Rule on Jockey Colours was not working properly. The following
proposal was put forward:
That a new class rule be inserted in the final draft of the 2003 MJOD Class Rules stating that Crews not carrying ISAF Category C advertising as specified in RRS Section ll, Appendix 1 shall carry Jockey Colours, being national flags, colours or emblems together with the competitors national ranking number, on their sails in an area of a minimum size 25cms X 50cms. Jockey Colours shall be carried immediately above the competitors sail numbers as specified in Class Rule 9.2
Proposed AUT Seconded GBR – 9 votes in favour and 3 abstentions- accepted
5. Future Development:
a) Regional Racing
The MJOD Committee have developed this policy on the development of regional racing. Whilst this is working in many regions of Europe and Asia, the committee encourages more national MJOD Class Associations to work together to develop such regional events in their area.
- MJOD Class recommends that National IMCOs and Organisers should co-operate to form regional junior racing regattas so that neighbouring countries can act together to give their competitors the maximum opportunity to develop their skills and make friends;
- Neighbouring National Regatta Organisers (LOAs) should co-operate together in agreeing a calendar of regional junior events over several years.
- An exchange system is proposed so that an LOA should offer visiting junior competitors free food and accommodation (possibly within the families of local junior competitors) as well as doing all they can to reducing travel costs to a minimum.
- The next year an LOA whose own competitors had benefited from such hospitality previously should offer the same hospitality to visiting competitors. By mutual help in this way, junior competitors will gain international experience at minimal cost to all concerned as well as making new friends.
- Training camps should be included in any pre-regatta schedule.
b) Equipment Bank
Whilst work has been done to set up a bank of u sed Mistral One Design boards to be made available to countries wishing to establish a junior windsurfing development initiative, there have been very few offers of equipment. Charly Schliemann (GER) can refurbish equipment in Roses, Spain. Those with used equipment that could be made available to others after some restoration are asked to contact the IMCO office on IMCO_International@compuserve.com There is certainly demand from the less well off nations.
c) Global Holiday Calendar
It would greatly help the scheduling of events if the office was aware of the major school holiday periods in each continent. National MJOD class associations are requested to contact IMCO_International@compuserve.com with details.
6. Amendments to the Constitution
1.06 insert new sentence at the end...
The classes governed by this constitution are members of the International Windsurfing Association (IWA)
Proposed AUT Seconded GER – 11 votes in favour- accepted
b) 4.2 (annual membership subscriptions) insert the following phrase at the end… in close co-operation with the IWA.
Proposed GER Seconded HKG – 11 votes in favour- accepted
c) Changes to the constitution proposed in the light of discussions at the 2001 IMCO AGM.
i. There was some discussion about the motion to change the name on top of the constitution. However, in the light of its membership of the IWA, it was felt necessary to maintain the classs identity and therefore the following
changed motion was put forward.
That the MJOD class objects to any motion to change the name on top of its constitution
Proposed AUT Seconded GER – 15 votes in favour- accepted
ii. Constitution clarifications discussed and agreed at the 2001 IMCO AGM now requiring approval from the 2002 MJOD AGM.
These were discussed and it was agreed that they should be taken en bloc as one item
- Art. 7c Clarify constitution by inserting the word "individual" before the word "members"
- Art. 12.1 Term for Committee members is to be 2 years not 4 years. (First term 1 year and then 2 year periods so 2 terms per quadrennial in line with the Olympics
- That an elected member may serve no more than 4 terms in any one position
- That each class governed by the constitution shall have its own measurement committee:
That an "international" will have a greater number of votes in the Association Board than a "recognised" class:
- Art 17.1 --Independent Accountant's Annual Report:
That the Independent Accountant's Annual Report shall contain the revenues and expenditures of each class covered by this Constitution.
-That the Association Board shall approve annual Revenue/expenditure budget.
- Art 13.1.2 -- That each committee should have a membership made up of 30% women if possible – a goal but not mandatory
Proposed GER Seconded AUT – 13 votes in favour- accepted
7. 2003 Mistral Junior One Design World Championship
Pedro Pablo Silveira (MEX) presented the bid from Yucatan, Mexico to host the championship which includes 50# 4 bed rooms for competitors in a good quality hotel right on the beach. The bid is supported by the Governor of the Yucatan who has agreed to be responsible for logistical support on land; the Mexican sailing Federation who will be responsible for the technical execution of the championship on the water and a good media team. The one detail that has not been finally resolved is the cost of flights and the excess baggage deal from Sky Team (Aero Mexico, Delta, Air France and Korean Air). The following proposal was put forward:
That the MJOD Class World Championship is awarded to the Yucatan, Mexico on condition that an acceptable flights/excess baggage deal is put in place
Proposed GER Seconded BRA – 14 votes in favour- accepted
Rusty Buchanan of the Space Coast, Florida formerly withdrew their bid for 2003 but re-affirmed that they stood ready to organise the 2005 version of the Youth & Junior Worlds. The following proposal was put forward:
That the 2005 MJOD Class World Championship be awarded to the Space Coast, Florida, USA subject to an acceptable detailed bid being put forward at the 2004 championship.
Proposed GER Seconded AUT – 15 votes in favour- accepted
8. Any other business
a) White Paper – Route Map to the selection of the 2008 Olympic Equipment (See Appendix 4)
The history of the development of this document was explained as was the reason for its creation being that it is important that all classes in windsurfing work together with the industry and ISAF to identify and agree the criteria and the process by which the equipment is selected.
The importance of everybody working to lobby their own national authorities to ensure that windsurfing remains an Olympic discipline was emphasised. The sport may be evolving at this time so it was thought vital that communication between all parties remains at a high level to avoid misunderstandings.
The White Paper has been forwarded to Rich Jeffries, Vice Chairman of the Windsurfing Committee, who is preparing a report for discussion at the 2002 ISAF Conference.
b) Mistral Representatives Report (See Appendix 5)
c) International Status
The growth in the number of National MJOD Class Associations in two years and the recommendation made in the Chairmans report that the class apply for international status to ISAF was discussed. The following proposal was put forward:
That the MJOD Class applies to ISAF to become an approved International Class
Proposed GER Seconded HKG – 15 votes in favour- accepted
d) Future Junior Format
This was discussed and it was agreed that, in future, Junior Racing should follow the Olympic format as closely as possible. It was emphasised that this policy has already been adopted in Asia. It was suggested that co-operation between Boards & More and Bic Sports would benefit the whole sport and potentially offer greater returns to each
company than their current individual policies.
e) Small Spare Parts
It was agreed that Rory should carry a small stock of spare parts to regattas.
Class Chairmans Report
The Class has grown from 3 nations to more than 20 within two years. There are 16 nations from 4 continents taking part in this the 2nd World Championship. The class is therefore on a strong upward growth trend worldwide, which is very gratifying. The policy of providing free accommodation, an excess baggage allowance, transfers and food for
competitors is therefore paying off. It is regretted that MundoVela have not been able to provide the same level of support than in previous years but we will redouble our efforts to ensure that whoever is awarded the bid for next year will do so.
It is therefore my recommendation that the class apply for International status from ISAF this November so I suggest that we vote on this point when we reach Any other business on the agenda.
In the meantime, as far as future championships are concerned,
- the 2003 Worlds will be staged outside Europe;
- An Open European Youth & Junior Championship will take place in Puck, Poland from July 20th >26th;
- We have a firm bid from Bulgaria to stage the 2004 Worlds. This will be fully investigated so that a report can be made to the 2003 AGM;
- The unsuccessful bidder for the 2003 Worlds will be invited to hold his bid over for 2005
It is therefore clear that despite the fairly tough criteria defined by the class for a potential Youth & Junior World Championship Organiser, we are not currently experiencing problems in finding suitable venues.
It should be noted that the dates for this World (2002) Championships were changed from those planned in early August to early July so as to avoid a clash with the Aloha, Raceboard and FW Youth Worlds. This was necessary to demonstrate a spirit of co-operation between the classes involved in the IWA and has resulted in us having to set dates that were inconvenient to various national regatta/school schedules including France. Despite this, the numbers of competitors overall has increased as has the number of nations involved.
IWA Representatives Report
Activities since MJOD became a member of the IWA (January 2002)
In January 2002 an IWA-Executive-meeting was held at BOOT in Düsseldorf.
Representing their Classes/Associations on the IWA were:
Ceri Williams, (Aloha), Bruno de Wannemaeker (IFCA), Felipe Bellini (Raceboard), Marc Cardon (FW), Diederik Bakker (IMCO), Peter Krimbacher (MJOD), and Phil McGain (PWA).
The Windsurfing Industry was represented by Guy Chilvers (BIC Sport). Also in attendance were the Honorary Treasurer (and director) John Ellis and Steven Schrier (ex IFCA) and the then Honorary Secretary. This was to be Steven¹s last meeting and Ceri Williams was appointed the new Honorary Secretary for the IWA, in his place.
Bruno de Wannemaeker from IFCA was elected as President of the IWA for 2002.
The existing constitution of the IWA defines the directors as the nominated class-representatives who together with the IWA President constitute the IWA Executive Committee (ExCom). This ExCom -meeting was held in an atmosphere of strong co-operation between member-classes with a view to work closely together for the benefit of the future of windsurfing.
Goals for the IWA are to represent and promote the sport of windsurfing through:
* Competition at National and International level;
* Help the ISAF to make decisions that will benefit the sport;
* Knowledge sharing with competitors, manufa cturers, press and media;
* Provide a central administration for the classes;
* Establish a corporate identity for Windsurfing World-wide;
* Co-ordination of International class events;
* Keeping an IWA diary of events;
* Establish a new website ( www.internationalwindsurfing.com) with updates/links on all windsurfing matters
* Promoting the activities of member classes and National member authorities (MNA's);
* Maintaining IWA database, class databases, membership logs and ranking lists;
* Representing the Member class interests to Associated bodies (including the ISAF).
An IWA Office has been based on Hayling Island in the UK, - Annie Smith has settled in as Administrative Officer. She can be contacted at:
IWA Mengham Cottage, Mengham Lane, Hayling Island, UK, PO11 9JX.
Tel/Fax + 44 23 9246 8831.
Mobile: +44 7860 142 704.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or info@internationalwindsurfing.
New EVENT CRITERIA/GUIDELINES /STANDARD CONTRACTS have been prepared:
The E/C sub committee are reviewing a raft of proposals --most of which have come from a collaboration between Rory Ramsden and Ceri Williams --but which were further explored in detail at a sub committee meeting in Portugal.
All those proposals have been reworked and will be put forward by the executive committee as a group to the IWA-AGM. These proposals include agreements for "tour" promoters as well as "championship" organisers.
INTERNATIONAL DIARY –Annie Smith achieved the near impossible in producing a unified calendar .
The NEW WEBSITE is active -through the efforts of Rory Ramsden and Annie Smith.
An IWA-YEARBOOK as common information about all member-classes was prepared mainly by Rory Ramsden.
The Executive is still in discussion appointing a MANAGER for the IWA. There is the constitutional right to appoint a manager to take care of the management of IWA.
Rory Ramsden is appointed by IMCO, MJOD, PWA, and Aloha, but there are still voices against (IFCA, FW, Raceboardclass, manufacturers).
A Route Map for a SELECTION 2008 of Olympic Windsurfing Equipment was prepared and sent for consideration to the ISAF windsurfing committee as a common draft proposal . This should be sent as a proposal to ISAF till July 31st. This draft IWA "Proposal for 2008" has been sent as a circular to the trade with an invitation to comment.
A new CONSTITUTION for IWA is prepared on the base of the IMCO-constitution, mainly put together by Rory Ramsden and Ceri Williams. It is in a format that will be recognisable to IMCO/MJOD--it does in fact include ALL the relevant points in the existing Memorandum and Articles of Association of IWA as it exists at the moment , whilst at the same time does not conflict with the existing class constitutions. It also addresses the concerns of members of the Board to previous incarnations of the document and does nothing to alter the "spirit" or essence of the original IWA constitution. This proposal does define standard procedures and systems to allow all classes ,etc.,..to manage their affairs in a clear and business like way. The document should be on the agenda for the IWA –AGM. There is an opportunity for the MJOD class to give its approval at the forthcoming AGM in July. Then the document would need to be submitted to the ISAF by the end of July to be on the agenda of the November-meeting.
There are still PROBLEMS to have an exact IWA-BUDGET, as the FW-class didn´t sent their budget till now. There are also still overdue monies, held by Peter England, which led the IWA to start LEGAL ACTIONS against Peter England.
Recommendation for the upcoming IWA-AGM at Largs 2002-08-03:
Every National MJOD-Class Association should take their possibility to vote, or, if not being there, should give their proxyvote to me, as I am taking part at the IWA-AGM at Largs 2002.
Peter Krimbacher (AUT)
MJOD – Representative /
Director of IWA
The 2000 Junior Gold Cup staged in Andros, Greece before the class was Recognised BY ISAF; the 2001 Mistral Junior Worlds in Pattaya, Thailand and the 2002 Mistral Junior Worlds in Cadiz, Spain have not produced an income for the Class. Neither have they produced a loss. This is intentional. The reason being that in making strong demands of championship organisers to provide accommodation, food, transfers and an excess baggage allowance for competitors, it would seem unreasonable for the class to then make money. Rather it is felt that the class should invest in the future of the sport of racing by keeping the entry fees as low as possible.
Any expenses incurred by the MJOD or its representatives are therefore being subsidised by IMCO International Ltd who also paid its IWA membership fee.
One set of accounts is prepared each year by IMCO International Ltd and the latest situation is published in the IWA Yearbook (IMCO Section) and on the IMCO website.
ROUTE MAP TO THE SELECTION OF THE 2008 OLYMPIC EQUIPMENT
The aim of this report is to
a) define the IWA (and thus its membership) recommendations on the selection of Olympic windsurfing equipment to be
used at the Olympic Regattas of 2008 & 2012;
b) so that a unified lobby can be made of the ISAF National Authorities (MNAs);
c) to ensure that windsurfing retaining its Olympic status for both men and women;
d) and that the most appropriate equipment is put forward by the IWA for selection by the MNAs. This report therefore aims to set out criteria and a design brief so that an additional development path be considered in parallel with the IMCO and FW formats. The development path herewith proposed would allow the IWA/ISAF to consider a wider choice of alternatives in the light of the critical factors highlighted in the background section.
a) It is very important that the majority of MNAs agree that windsurfing is included in the Olympic Regatta and support the ISAF Windsurfing Committees recommendations on the most appropriate Olympic windsurfing equipment to select:
b) All windsurfing classes and the PWA actively promote a unified policy on the 2008 equipment. No class or class official should express a dissenting view in public.
Windsurfing has been an event within the Olympic sailing regatta for almost 20 years. There are currently two sets of medals, one for men and one for women. It is currently the least expensive Olympic sailing discipline; therefore apart from being a potentially spectacular to watch its inclusion ensures that a lot of developing nations can take part (60% of the entry in 1996).
Whilst remaining very technical equipment with a well-developed & valid format, IMCO is losing its sparkle. It is fair to say that the majority view within the current Olympic class is that the Mistral One Design should be replaced after the 2004 Olympics and that more than one manufacturer should produce the replacement equipment.
Here are some background facts that help the reader to understand more fully the reasoning behind the conclusions of this report:
a) The ISAF President has already stated that he believes that the class selected should be Formula Windsurfing but that the equipment to be used at the Games should be One Design;
b) There is little enthusiasm amongst the FW racers for a One Design format as evidenced by the low number of registrations for the so-called One Design Formula event at the 2002 ISAF World Sailing Games.
c) - The Spanish Sailing Federation (RFEV) made a submission last year stating that both the equipment and the class should be changed for 2008.
d) The President of the RFEV has since written to the ISAF saying that he has changed its mind and now does not support the Formula concept but does support a change in the equipment.
e) The historic data for wind speeds in Qing Dao for July & September may not support a proposal to move the whole Olympic Games to a date in September. It is therefore unlikely that the political momentum for a change of dates will build up inside the ISAF or the IOC.
f) It is believed that in certain areas, the waters in Qing Dao have quite strong currents and that the historic data for wind speeds in July show a low average wind speed.
g) Any proposal to change the dates requires the summer sports federations to convince the IOC that a move is necessary. The IOC would then be required to re-negotiate its TV distribution & media rights deals. July is a more valuable period from the point of view of the value of media rights than September. BOCOG will not make any requests to the IOC themselves. A decision to move the Games is therefore unlikely.
h) There is now a written threat from a powerful MNA (France) to lobby against windsurfing as an Olympic event.
PROPOSED EQUIPMENT CRITERIA
It is recommended that the selection of windsurfing equipment is based on the following criteria:
Racing is possible at the same time as other Olympic Sailing Classes;
In many major Olympic Class Regattas worldwide, the Olympic windsurfing class has to compete at the same time and in the same conditions as the other sailing classes;
The likely conditions to be expected in Qing Dao 2008
Not to do so would be impractical;
It is a strictly controlled restricted class;
This goes a long way towards supporting the position of the ISAF President, whilst permitting differences between items of equipment within very tight tolerances;
This will be more interesting to manufacturers than a One Design concept;
The Olympics should be a test of talent not technology;
To maximize commonality between mens & womens equipment (KISS);
To strictly limit the cost of participation;
Production licences to be controlled and issued by the ISAF:
The decision on the actual equipment is made at the 2004 ISAF November Conference
To allow racers and MNAs to build up a long term experience of the chosen format;
To allow MNAs to invest in new equipment with confidence;
To allow MNAs to plan long term development programmes with confidence;
e) The existing criteria established by the ISAF Events Committee in November 1999
Must allow athletes around the world, of different size and weight, male and female, to participate;
Must achieve the IOC objective of a minimum of 30% participation for women;
Must give the best sailors in each country the opportunity to participate in readily accessible equipment;
Must combine both traditional and modern events and classes, to reflect, display and promote competitive sailing.
General Design Brief for NEW OLYMPIC EQUIPMENT:
1. The equipment definitions for both men and women shall be the same where possible;
to enable women to reach high levels of performance by training and possibly racing with men on equal terms;
to maximize development opportunities;
To reduce the number of equipment components required to establish a viable Olympic programme and thus reduce the overall cost of such a programme;
2. The equipment shall conform with the criteria specified above and…
be supported by a global distribution network or networks;
be accompanied by clearly defined measurement rules & tight tolerances;
be restricted to 1 board, 2 fins, 1 centerboard & 2 rigs per competitor.
3 The method of construction employed shall be durable and of a consistently uniform high quality whilst offering the best trade off between weight > performance > price.
4.The ideal weight band for men should be 70>82 Kgs and for women should be 55>70 Kgs;
5. Safety shall be considered so that competitors will be able to sail home unassisted in sub-racing or quickly increasing winds wind speeds;
boards are designed to perform in large waves and chop in a "well-behaved" way;
each rig is as durable & as light as possible whilst being easy to rig/derig at sea;
The fin shall be easily demountable without the aid of tools;
6. Attention should be paid to the possibility of using the same hull(s) combined with smaller rigs so that a global junior racing programme can be established at minimal cost.
Design brief HULL:
Easily transportable by normal scheduled airline as passengers excess baggage;
Max Weight bare hull weight 12 kg/ minimum bare hull weight 9kgs;
Retractable centre board allowed;
2 production fins, easily removable without tools;
Strong Durable Construction; Positive flotation in case the board is holed;
Easily repairable on a regatta site;
Construction method and materials to be identical around the world.
Price around USD 1200 retail
Design brief RIG(s):
Two rigs for women, each of a different defined size;
Men to use the same two rigs sizes if possible;
If not, men shall use two rigs, each of a different defined size;
Same carbon mast for all rigs (commonality of components);
Same Carbon boom for all rigs (commonality of components);
Each rig to have the maximum flexibility in terms of wind range (trim systems);
The largest womens rig (max. size) to be easily manageable by someone of 55 kg;
Sails to be made " as visible as possible " to the naked eye from a great distance;
DESIGN AND TEST EVENT
That the ISAF invite key manufacturers/brands to participate in a design competition leading to a test event in order to select one board prototype with two matching rig sizes around which tight tolerances can be defined so that new equipment can be selected for use at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games that meets the above criteria.
Manufacturers/Brands who participate in this development will have the right to build/market the Olympic equipment.
That the ISAF make an open invitation to any board shapers whether they be involved with a current known production board brand or not to put forward one prototype each at its intended production weight for evaluation at an ISAF test event in order to select one board prototype with two matching rig sizes around all of which tight tolerances can be defined so that new equipment can be selected for use at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games that meets the above criteria.
i) The winning board/rigs will be made in established factories licensed by ISAF; Said factories will be subject to a regular manufacturing audit to ensure that the building specification is being tightly adhered to;
ii) To stimulate the custom board shaping community, the IWA should establish a sizeable prize fund for the best proposed board in the opinion of the ISAF evaluation working party put forward by a custom shaper not already associated with a board brand with a registered production board on the ISAF list;
iv) Any board that later becomes a production board registered on the ISAF List shall pay the associated fee;
Registration regulations for all such boards will be strengthened;
v) Brands who wish to market the selected board/rigs may do so by paying a sponsorship fee per unit sponsored to the IWA for their logo to be put on the Olympic board. This will allow Sponsored riders to compete on equipment branded with their sponsors logos In all regattas except the Olympic Games where the board shall be white (no logos);
Sponsors from the wider world of commerce and industry to participate.
NB - The selected option should be initiated as quickly as possible;
- The prize fund suggested under Option B would be established by drawing down funds from the balances accrued
by the classes managing the Olympic equipment over the last 20 years.
KEY ISAF DEADLINES
a) IWA classes submit this report to ISAF with a list of MNAs by July 31st
b) ISAF agrees the selection criteria for Olympic equipment at their November Conference
a) IWA classes make a submission to ISAF that Windsurfing is an Olympic Event for men and women with a list of
supporting MNAs by July 31st
b) ISAF select the "Events" for the 2008 Olympic Regatta.
a) IWA classes make a submission to ISAF that the criteria, which best meets the criteria be selected for the 2008
Olympic Regatta with a list of supporting MNAs by July 31st
b) ISAF select the "equipment" for the 2008 Olympic Regatta.
Manufacturers Representatives Report
Boards & More GmbH and also its brand Mistral, which is perceived as the jewel in the crown of Boards & Mores group of brands, have recently undergone a management shuffle, both at the top of the company and also within the windsurfing business centre.
What are the implications for IMCO and for the MJOD? Only positive.
The new management is fully behind IMCO – Rory and I have already briefed the Managing Director Finance, Ralph Frischknecht (CH) , in Molln and have prepared papers for Stephan Guter (GER) the MD for Marketing and Sales, to bring them up to speed in the world of class (in both senses of the word) racing.
The new Windsurfing Business Manager, Boris Zwetkoff, has long years of windsurfing and PWA experience as Brand Manager of Fanatic and the new Brand Manager for Mistral, Raoul Joa, has many, many years of experience as Product and then Brand Manager of North Sails. They know the industry inside out and their different perspectives will bring a new impulse into IMCO and the MJOD. Rory and I will be meeting them in the UK in the very near future for a serious debriefing!
All in all, the response from the management team is nothing but positive and this is further backed up by the guys in the Austrian production wanting to make nothing but great OD equipment. They have now made over 1000 new One Designs in Molln so their skills have been properly honed.
Also within Boards & More, the Licencing Department, which deals with licensed products as diverse as shoes and perfumes, bicycles and fashion all over the world, sees IMCO as very important added value to the brand Mistral.
There has also been a sea change in opinion within the importer network for Mistral, which we experienced for the first time at the recent Mistral Sales Conference in Molln. They are beginning to become much, much more focussed on the leisure and youth end of the market and this will certainly impact on the MJOD, and not only in the potential for smaller racing type rigs which Rory has been banging on about for years!
MJOD is very much the future for IMCO and for the development of the sport so Boards & More GmbH / Mistral thanks you all for your input and wishes you more and more success.
Hastings, July 02.