MINUTES of the Annual General Meeting of the Formula Experience Class held on Tuesday 7 July 2009.
Venue: Jury Room, Event Centre, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz.
1) Welcome, and registration of delegates and votes.
Marc Cardon, Vice Chairman, took the chair and welcomed delegates and observers to the meeting.
The following votes were recorded:
With 9 votes in the room it was determined the meeting was quorate.
2) Minutes of the 2008 AGM - Ancon, Peru.
There were no matters arising.
3) Chairman's Report.
Remi Vila apologised for his absence due to a windsurfing accident. Marc Cardon read the Chairman's report to the meeting. (see below)
4) Financial Statement.
The 2008 IWA Accounts are to be published at the end of July.
5) Class Rule changes.
6) Class Committee recommendations.
7) Future Championship venues.
8) Any other business
No proposals were received or voted on.
Following the decision (6.a) to allocate the ISAF world title to the "open" division, the AGM confirmed its commitment to supporting junior (under 17) racers, and to building the class towards ISAF "International" status and additional world titles. A junior fleet will still be offered a separate start at future championships.
Last year we had a beautiful Championship in Peru with an organization more than motivated. It is the first time that I saw a Championship changing the venue for one day to find the wind; congratulations, it was a real success.
We were able to notice during this Championship that the South America Continent in particular is really motivated for this class which allows windsurfing at lower cost.
In 2010 we will return on this continent with Brazil where the target of more than one hundred registered competitors could be reached. One of reasons moreover for which we propose that ISAF title passes in Open for 2010 so that the class grows even more fast.
It is clear that I do not want to forget the young people and we will approach ISAF to try to become an International Class and so to benefit of 4 titles instead of 1 that we have now.
I have also to thank all people involved in this class to have made a real success of it in this continent and I wish that this success is followed in the rest of the World.
Nobody is shielded from an accident and I speak from bitter experience.. The life jacket is not a superfluous accessory. I suggest so to include, that the life jacket must be worn to compete in FE, in our next class rules.
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