Reading of the President’s report was waived.
Replacement of Classic Committee chairman, Leif Bockelman, Finland
was discussed, as Mr. Bockelman did not wish to continue. Mr. Henrik
Andersin, Finland was elected new chairman of the Classic Committee
and will also assume the role of Vice President on the ISMA Board.
Financial statement was circulated among the delegates and will
also be posted on the website. Some discussion followed with regards
to improving finances and the allocation of funds especially as
it refers to ISMA News.
It was observed that the newly introduced mandatory sail stickers
purchase requirement would substantially strengthen future account
Annual dues for 2006 were unanimously approved at 50 Euros.
Some confusion regarding 2005 dues existed and some countries paid
in 100 Euros. Reimbursements will be effected by non-payments for
A vivid discussion ensued with regard to the printing of the ISMA
News versus only posting the news bulletin on the website and thus
generate substantial cost savings. It was argued that the cost of
producing the hardcopy was unreasonably high in relation to the
total ISMA income stream. Opponents on the other hand argued for
the value of actually having printed copies for repeated future
references and also the value of promoting the Class, by distributing
copies to yacht clubs, yachting magazines and other interested persons
Beat Furrer announced quite clearly that he would not continue to
produce the periodical if it was not issued as a hard copy.
Various ideas for separately financing the ISMA news were discussed,
including advertising, contributions by the National 6mR organizations
as well as individual subscriptions. Mr. Furrer made it clear that
he could not be responsible for securing sponsors or advertisers
nor the collection of subscription fees. Representative Carmody,
France announced that Mr. S. O’Reilly-Hyland might take on
the task of securing sponsorships etc.
It was agreed that the National Authorities could collect individual
subscription fees in addition to the annual fee. The cost per copy
to be determined.
Beat Furrer deservedly received enthusiastic accolade for his tireless
efforts and countless hours spent to produce ISMA NEWS magazine.
There was a proposal from the floor that the participants in major
events should be able to participate in the sponsor funds received
by the organizing clubs and authorities. It was pointed out that
individual owners are every year facing substantial costs in positioning
the boats at the venues and in addition contributing to the local
economy. It was expressed that the 6mR events are prestigious and
it should therefore not be unreasonable to expect that the organizers
help to defray the cost.
A proposal regarding maximum wind speed was discussed and it was
generally agreed that sea conditions played an equal role in decisions
made whether racing was safe and/or recommended or if races should
be started or continued or not. The Class already has guidelines
with regard to wind velocity and it was agreed that the Technical
Committee should further develop acceptable wording and instructions
for race committees.
Douglas Peterson, USA and Pasi Kaarto Finland, were elected as new
members of the Technical Committee.
A Finnish proposal regarding an alteration to the existing advertising
rules did not obtain a second and was not voted upon.
A proposal introducing the use of GPS while racing was discussed
briefly but was not seconded.
The replica rules as adapted were confirmed and will become an appendix
to the 6mR Rating Rule & Measurement Instructions and filed
The existing definitions of Classic 6mR will be further developed
by the Classic Committee and presented for ratification. The ratified
version shall be an appendix to the 6mR Rating Rule & Measurement
Instructions and filed with ISAF’s keelboat committee.
Representatives from GBR are working on updating the Class Rules.
A 29 page final version will be presented by the end of the year
for ratification and presentation to ISAF.
The Jean-Pierre Oddero Trophy was presented to Peter Norlin with
great enthusiasm from the floor for his many years of constructive
contribution to the 6mR Class.
It was resolved to hold the 2006 European Championship in Flensburg
for both Classics and Moderns instead of in Finland and in La Trinite
respectively, as originally decided. Both Finland and La Trinite
gracefully agreed to this proposal, showing great understanding
for the importance of keeping the Moderns and Classics together
for ISMA events.
A written proposal from the Museum of Yachting,
Newport, R.I. for hosting the 2009 World Championship was accepted
after some discussion.
A Class organizing committee is to be formed and it is generally
agreed that this committee has 2 years to determine if the event
can be held in Newport.
The main issue is to secure sufficient funding from sponsors to
cover oceanic transportation cost.
All 6mR enthusiasts with experience in fund raising are urged to
There was an observation from the floor that only about _ of all
the boat owners present at Sandhamn, attended the AGM. It was proposed
that for future events
better efforts were made to increase participation at AGM's
There not being any further business, the meeting was adjourned