J24 Class Association AGM Minutes – Draft

Posted 24 June 2016


J24 UK Class Association AGM mins. 

Location: Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole.

Date: Saturday 28/05/16

Previous minutes: proposed by William Pollock and seconded by David Cooper. Vote passed unanimously.

Nominations for Committee: Jim Anderson resigning, David Cooper standing for Chairman.There were no other candidates. Proposed by Stig McDonald, seconded by Austin Davies. Vote passed unanimously.

Mark Lewers standing for Vice Chairman: Proposed by David Cooper and seconded by Jim Anderson. Vote passed unanimously.

All other members to remain the same as 2015. 

Fleet Captains:

Poole: Andy Taylor to take over from Duncan McCarthy. 

Plymouth: George Kerr.

Solent: Graeme Love. 

Treasurers Account: Continues to be well funded, however funds decreasing down due to cost of Class Secretary. UKJCA Net Worth and Stock (see attached documents).

Spending class funds on youth fleets, 2 boats in Plymouth and class sponsored boat in Poole. 

2 Poole club boats owned by Parkstone Yacht Club. The Girls Team were sponsored for the Worlds in 2015, Girls team not to be sponsored this year.

Europeans- request for sponsorship from Stig McDonald to assist in funding, current deficit of £5000. William Pollock proposed £2,500 of funding from UK Class for international jury expenses: with agreement to increase by further £2500if required  Andy Taylor seconded- all in favour.  Call for people to enter the Euros to increase popularity of event. 

Suggestions for class promotion called for.

Membership: 51 members, class depends on membership to maintain its funding. 

Racing Programme:

Tattinger Regatta: Southern Areas, Yarmouth 29/31 July, good regatta, difficult for travellers, launching could be arranged from Poole and sail up together. 

Europeans: Plymouth, August 13/19. 

Worlds: interest in participation from Stuart Jardine and possibly Chris McLaughlin

Autumn Cup: Parkstone, 1/2 Oct. 

2017 Season Events:

Max.Qualifying points (awarded to 1st boat) for Italy Worlds 2018

Proposed: entry +5 for UK events, +10 for European Championships and selected European events (e.g. Keil Week), and +15 for World Championship.

Vote passed unanimously

Also, it was suggested that a system of deposits for popular World Championship venues (e.g. Lake Garda in 2018) will be required to ensure early commitment from qualifiers by the end of season (that would enable early substitutions for qualifiers who do not take up their allocation).

(See proposed Worlds Qualification Rules Document.) 

Saltash to hold the Spring Cup- to approach re storage for boats until Floral Cup. 

Dartmouth- was much enjoyed in 2016 and would like to return in 2017. To be known as the Floral Cup. 

Nationals: Plymouth. 

Southern Areas: Tattinger.

European Championship: Hungary.

World Championship: Canada.

Autumn Cup: Parkstone. 

Requires confirmation by end of 2016 season from fleet captains. 

Website/ Social Media;

Nina is doing a fantastic job with Facebook. Twitter not so successful. 

3rd placed boat in an event to continue to do the event report for website. 

U.K. Fleets:

Poole: Parkstone have 3 club boats £500/ yr. Used by youth boys, all girls team and adults with this children. Next year one boat to be sailed by parents of youths. 

8-9 boats out regularly on Monday and Thursday’s. Manypeople interested in participating. 

Plymouth: 6-7 boats regularly sailing on Wednesdays runs through to the Autumn. 

Saltash: 2 club boats used regularly on Thursday evenings, used with Cadets on a monthly basis. People who have used club boats have progressed to purchasing boats of their own. 

11 boats regularly sail on Thursday evenings, all but 1 are Westerly design. Close racing, 3 Series of racing all won by a different boat. 5 boats participating in the Europeans. 

Dartmouth2 boats racing under IRC. Hope to encourage more owners for class start.

UKJCA Class RulesIt was proposed that the 2nd spinnaker- Class Rule Appendix J be made a UK prescription and therefore always applicable for non-international UK events  : Stig McDonald Proposed, David Cooper Seconded. Should 2nd Spinnaker be declared as part of inventory? – to be clarified with the IJCAJim A)

Waterproof torch has come back in the new rules, not on the inventory- to clarify with IJCA (Jim A). 

Adjustable forestay- need guidance on how to police it and how and when to adjust. 

Rudders- Paulo Buido is only European maker of class rudders, concerns over quality. Propose to WCM for a UK maker to be authorised

Canada WCM: Discussed finding a proxy to take our vote as the UKJCA cannot afford to send a rep. If no video conferencing is set up then we need to instruct SWE or GER or other rep. to cast our votes.

World Qualifier Rules

Joint owners; for world qualifiers- split helming count as one person if both on board and alternation is noted. To be investigated and sorted through the year. Jim A) It was agreed that where there are 2 helms that steer a single boat they should be counted as a single helm for the purposes of qualifying for the Worlds. (See proposed Worlds Qualification Rules Document.)

AOB: availability of boats in uk- It was proposed that we should approach other countries to advertise any of their boats for sale on the UK class website.

Thanks to Jim Anderson for his term as Class Chairman.  

Meeting closed @ 5.55.