Formula Experience Class
A recognized ISAF Class
(approved by ISAF November 2003)
1 - Name and residence
1.1 - The name of the association is the Formula Experience Class Association, a non-profit sports association, affiliated to the International Sailing Federation, (ISAF) and resides in the place of residence of its Chairman or possibly the Secretary.
2 - Purpose
2.1 -To promote and manage Formula Experience 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 Experience Class Associations, or National Windsurfing Associations or National Sailing Federations controlling the Class activity in a country, and preferably recognized as such by the ISAF member organization for that country.
4.2 - Membership may be granted to those National Formula Experience 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 annual fee will not be entitled to any rights or privileges of membership.
6 - Bodies
6.1 - The FE 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 that 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) each with the number of votes as set in the fee system 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 during an important event, where a maximum number of FE members and/or competitors can be expected, usually at the World or Continental 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 has one vote, each 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 sets of votes: his and 2 proxies. These proxy mandates shall be in writing and form of proxy shall be handed to the class 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 "FE" 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. The Class Chairman (or Vice Chairman) has a casting vote.
7.9 - The Quorum at a general assembly shall be delegates, committee members and postal votes, together holding a minimum of 9 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 (always an odd number) 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. The class committee will set up a schedule. 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 and a Secretary.
8.2.1 - The Annual General Assembly among the elected committee members elects the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman, for a period of four years. 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 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 Formula Experience Class to all national and organizations and event organizers.
8.6 - Class rules change recommendations submitted to ISAF, shall be subject to ratification by the general assembly prior to implementation.
8.7 - Decisions of the Class Committee shall be by a simple majority of votes, each member shall have one vote. The Class Chairman (or Vice Chairman) has a casting vote.
8.8 - 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.
8.9 - The Class Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman shall be responsible for the proper execution of the General Assembly.
8.10 - 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.