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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:35 pm 
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Folks,

It looks like the discussion about rules changes to open up the IC to development again is getting to a point where there will be a class rules vote. A couple of people have asked me to set up a schedule.

Refer to the change system on this web site for the details.

Essentially each country gets votes in proportion to its class membership, with the class membership to be determined by the national organization.

Potential schedule;
Rules change proposal finalized end of October.
Put out to the membership for vote mid November.
Voting closes first of the year.
Sailing committee presents proposal for change to ICF BoD at the next meeting which is expected to be in January.

The objective here is to get a decision relatively soon, as by the Northern Hemisphere standard there is one less sailing season than normal before the next World Championships.

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I think that before we can put together a valid vote, which asks the right questions of IC members and sailors, we need to establish a direction for the class.
We strive to build the best possible sailing package (fast, challenging in both sailability and modification, aesthetically pleasing)in all conditions over all types of courses, whilst keeping true to our core identifying features: canoe profile, 10sqm of sail, sliding plank.
Around the world there are many different sailing conditions, so individual nations can always choose to modify their boats to better suit their environment. But when we come together every three years we race International Canoes, One Class, One Regatta, One Champion, but everyone is a winner!
We also use our triennial Regattas to showcase possible future developments within the class, competing on the same courses (a mixture of short, long, triangle, and windward return) as the measured IC's. With voting on future direction being made by members at the event, given our online resources, members who can't attend can:
see pictures
download comparison results and
view submitted build costs
so they too can be a part of the decision making process and influence the future of the class.


Proposed IC Mission Statement:
The International Canoe Class is a restricted development high performance single-handed dinghy that combines canoe heritage with cutting edge technology.
The classes development is centred around providing the best possible high performance single handed sailing experience for sailors of all size and weight ranges. It's core features include its:
<ul><li>canoe profile,
</li><li>10sqm of sail and
</li><li>it's sliding plank</li></ul>
The International Canoe Sailing Committee (ICFS) is aware of the investment sailors make in a High Performance dinghy and utilise the following methods to assist in the directing of development:
International Canoes compete at World Championship level in accordance with the current ICF approved rules (located at......)
The International Canoe Class encourages class development through:
A rule proposal and class voting system for International changes
Support for prototype designs at National and World events

As the IC progresses it will always be compared to other craft, which may be faster or more technologically advanced but one thing is for certain. The IC will continue to be developed by IC sailors with the goal of providing the highest quality International sailing package available.

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Folks,
Based on conversations off and on forum, it seems to make sense to postpone any votes on opening up the class to development until after some trials proposed for the IC Midwinters in March in Florida. This would be at a multi class regatta hosted in Sarasota.

This would also be the occasion for a Sailing Committee meeting after which we could fast track voting. The ICF BoD will now meet in early March and again late in the year for ratification of any decisions taken.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:52 pm 
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The meeting minutes of Sarasota said that the procedure to work with the box rule was left being discussed by the sailing committee.

What has happened:
A draft box rule incorporating some changes has been complete and has been added as an appendix. This is to give potential builders some parameters. It can be changed as experience with prototype boats this summer warrants. Several boats are have been or are in the process of being built. Already there are some lessons that are being learned and there may be some tweaks needed in the box rule.

The class will not vote on the potential of changing the IC rule to incorporate the box rule until after the trials at the Australia worlds. At that time the class can vote to get rid of the box rule entirely , allow it to change the basic IC rule, or allow a third type of canoe to develop. As you all recall, this is fundamentally different from the AC as the AC can and has been converted back to an IC.

As far as the ICF is concerned there is nothing that says that there can't be multiple classes of worlds championship standard and indeed that happens in paddling. The only provision is that to meet worlds standards, 6 nations must enter an event and 3 continents must be represented at the championship.

To refresh memories on rules change procedures see http://www.intcanoe.org/library/Rule%20amend%2098.pdf
Essentially the committee has to approve sending a change to the membership. Membership needs to vote. Changes then are ratified at an ICF BoD meeting.

For any changes that are wanted before the worlds, these will need to be balloted, and ruled on by the BoD.

There have been some scheduling changes and it looks like the next BoD meeting will be in January at the ICF Congress which has been moved from Iran to Hong Kong. There would also be BoD meeting in the spring of 2007.

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