International Formula Windsurfing Class
Constitution

Approved by voting during Class AGM Sylt 27.09.02
1 - Name and residence.
1.1 - The name of the association is the International Formula Windsurfing Class Association, a non profit sports association, affiliated to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and a full member of the International Windsurfing Association(IWA) and resides in the place of residence of its Chairman or possibly the Honorary Secretary, if there is one.

2 - Purpose

2.1 -To promote and manage International Formula Windsurfing Class competition at International, Continental and World Championships level and represent the interest of the owners and their National Associations at ISAF.

3 - Language

3.1 - The official language of the Class and all its publications is English.

4 - Membership

4.1 - Membership may be granted to those National Formula Windsurfing Class Associations, or National Windsurfing Associations or National Sailing Federations controlling the Class activity in a country, and recognized as such by the ISAF member organisation for that country.

4.2 - Membership may be granted to those National Formula Windsurfing Class Associations who apply for membership to the Class General Assembly.

4.3 - An individual or group of individuals may apply for membership provided there is no existing NCA governing their equipment from that country.

4.3.1 - Any individual or group of individuals cannot claim to represent their country and/or to have a right to vote. If they have paid the subscription, they can only have an individual affiliated non-voting status.

5 - Membership Affiliation Fees

5.1 - Each member shall pay annual fees, as set by the General Assembly.

5.2 - All subscriptions are due on 1 January each year.

5.3 - A member who has not paid his (their) annual fees will not be entitled to any rights or privileges of membership.

5.4 - Fee categories to be determined by the size of membership in any given country.


6 - Bodies

6.1 - The International "FW" Class consists of the Class Committee and the General Assembly.

7 - General Assembly 

7.1 - The General Assembly shall be the Authoritative body of the Class which will devolve such general administrative and /or executive power to the Class Committee it deems relevant.

7.2 - The General Assembly shall consist of member delegates (appointed by the member Associations) and the elected members of the Class Committee, each with one vote.

7.3 - The General Assembly may appoint honorary members with or without voting rights.

7.4 - Ordinary meetings of the General Assembly shall be held annually, usually at the World Championships.

7.5 - 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 above.

7.6 - The Agenda of ordinary General Meetings shall contain:

        · Previous Minutes.
        · Chairmans report
        · Financial Statements
        · Class Committee Elections (Bi -annual )
        · Class Committee recommendations
        · Class Rule change submissions for ISAF.

7.7 - Each delegate or Committee member has one vote, but may represent other member associations or Committee members from whom he or she has received a proxy vote mandate. Every delegate or Committee member can have, at the most, 3 votes: his and 2 proxies. These proxy mandates shall be in writing and form of proxy shall be handed to the class Honorary Secretary or Class Chairman prior to the meeting. The names of the members authorising and Authorised shall be declared at the start of the meeting. 

7.7.1 - Alternatively, member associations may vote by (password protected if possible) e-mail. Postal votes must be e-mailed to the "FW" Class 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 website.

7.8 - The decisions of the general Assembly shall be by simple majority of votes.

7.9 - The Quorum at a general assembly shall be delegates, committee members and postal votes, together holding a minimum of 15 votes as defined in 7.7 and 7.7.1 above.

7.10 - At least 4 weeks notice of the general assembly and its agenda shall be given, this will be by E mail to the member Associations and by posting it on the Class Website. Any items to be voted on shall be posted on the Class website not less than 14 days before the general assembly.

7.11 - The date and place for the General Assembly shall be decided by the Class Committee.

8 - Class Committee

8.1 - The Class Committee size shall be determined by the General Assembly and is elected for a period of four years. After an initial two years at least 50 % of those elected in shall resign, but may candidate for a further term of 4 years. At least one from each specific interest (Technical, Youth, Woman, Sailors) shall sit for the full term. All retiring Class Committee members may stand for re-election.

8.2 - The committee is made up, at least, of: a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, an Honorary Secretary and, if and when required, an Honorary Treasurer.

8.2.1 - The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman are elected by the Annual General Assembly among the elected committee members. The Class Committee shall elect from within all the other charge committee members.

8.3 - In case of a vacancy the Class Committee may co-opt a member until the appointment is confirmed at the next General Assembly.

8.4 - The Class Committee can invite to work with it, the persons who seem to it necessary for specific assignments. These assignments are limited in time, must be confirmed by the following first AGM and can be renewed. These persons can be invited in the committee meetings but have no right to vote.

8.5 - The Annual General Assembly has a right to remove the Committee Member based on the submission from the Committee. 2/3 of the Committee members shall vote for the submission.

8.6 - Commercial tour operators cannot act as class officials or voting members of the committee; they can only be co-opted in an advisory capacity only.

8.7 - The Class committee is responsible for the technical management of the class and all matters not delegated to other bodies by the general assembly. The Class Committee represents the International Formula Windsurfing Class to all national and International organizations and event organizers.

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

8.9 - Decisions of the Class Committee shall be by a simple majority of votes, each member shall have one vote. 

8.10 - Meetings, these will normally occur only at major championship events, where a minimum of 50% present (including the Class chairman and/or vice-chairman) shall form a quorum. Normal business will be conducted by E mail where a Quorum of two-third votes (including the chairman or vice-chairman) shall be the minimum.

8.11 - The Class Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman shall be responsible for the proper execution of the General Assembly.

8.12 - The Class Chairman or Vice Chairman shall report to the general assembly on all relevant matters pertaining to the relationship with ISAF, other Classes or bodies .

9 - Consultative Committees

9.1 - Consultative Committees shall contain at least one Class Committee member.
9.2 - Consultative Committees may be established by the General Assembly .
9.3 - Consultative committees shall report to the General Assembly.
9.4 - Consultative committees may be established for a definite or an indefinite period.

19th of October 20182018 Annual General Meeting minutes

The meeting was held on Wednesday 19th September 2018, Clube Naval Portimao.

9th of October 2018Committee changes ...

Following this years AGM Vasco Chaveca has decided to step down from the class committee.

29th of June 20172017 AGM of the International FW Class - MINUTES

Thursday 29th June 2017, Santa Croce, Italy.

8th of February 2017General Meeting approves change to Production Board Rule

The committee approved a change from 50 boards to 25 boards required to commit to producing by brand registering a design with World Sailing.

15th of December 2014Alex Morales joins the management committee

Steve Bodner, long serving member of the FW community, has decided to stand down from committee duties; Alex Morales has been co-opted to fill the vacancy and to represent the North American formula community.

20th of April 2014AGM Agenda published .....

The 2014 AGM will take place during the upcoming Worlds in the Azores.
There have been no proposals submitted to change Class Rules or Championship Rules.
AGM_agenda_proposals_2014.pdf
Delegate_appointment_AGM.pdf
PROXY_VOTE_FORM.pdf

28th of August 20132013 Annual General Meeting Minutes

Annual General Meeting of the International Formula Windsurfing Class held on Thursday 11th July 2013 in the competitor area, event site, Viganj, Croati. Here're minutes from the 2013 AGM.

2nd of July 20132013 AGM Agenda is published ...

This years Annual General Meeting can look forward to a good attendance, since the venue looks to have attracted a (potential) record entry.
It may be the first visit to Croatia for an IFWC Worlds, but if you are not booked in now you may be asking yourself - Why Not !?
The Agenda is long, even without many submissions to vote on, because there are some important "discussion" items that will help drive future class policy .

Agenda & proposals
Voting Paper

14th of January 2013New Racing Rules of Sailing - Windsurfing Competition Rules - changes explained

Andrus Poksi, ISAF IJ from Estonia, has very kindly put together this short summary of changes to WCR in the RRS 2013>2016 edition.

26th of November 2012Class Rules updates

The updated version of class rules is now available.

22nd of October 2012FW AGM 2012

Minutes are now published for the 2012 AGM held in Conil, Spain.
See also the Voting Results paper for details of voting - how many voted yes or no!
A detailed commentary o the meeting will be published later .
AGM minutes
AGM voting results

30th of September 2012

AGM 2012 - Agenda
Please read:
AGM_agenda_proposals_2012.pdf
AGM_agenda_proposals_2012.doc
2012_FW_AGM_voting.pdf