Charlie Blair US4387 at the 2020 North American Championship in Ft. Peck, Montana. Photo: Gretchen Dorian

This is the announcement of a combined ballot for members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU, although North American and European results will be available separately.

At their Spring 2020 meeting the IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported sending six measures to a ballot of the members.  Three of the six will be on this combined ballot.

  • Changing Article II of the EPIC Agreement to add considerations of environmental friendliness to reasons for changing the Official Specification.  The IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported this proposal.  The IDNIYRA Governing Committee believes that environmental friendliness should be located in the Regatta Management Agreement. The current proposal may restrict construction materials currently in use.  The IDNIYRA Governing Committee recommends rejection of this proposal.  This is Question 1 on the ballot.
  • Changing Paragraph 10 b) of the Regatta Management Agreement to add “Skippers who finished in the first 3 places in the Gold Fleet of the preceding continental or higher regatta” to Gold Fleet assignments.  The IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries supported this proposal.  The IDNIYRA Governing Committee and the scoring committee recommend rejection of this proposal because it addresses one unique occurrence of an unranked sailor finishing in the top three of the Gold Fleet and may reduce the opportunity for advancement from the Silver and Bronze Fleets. This is Question 2 on the ballot.
  • Changing Paragraph A 16 (Fuselage) of the Official Specification to introduce a ±2 degree tolerance to the 90 degree corners (‘rectangle’) of the fuselage.  Both the IDNIYRA EU National Secretaries and the IDNIYRA Governing Committee support this proposal.  This proposal has been further developed by the Technical Committee and is Question 3 on the ballot.

Further work is required on the other three proposed changes to the Official Specifications and they will be submitted for a future ballot once technical issues have been resolved.

Members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU who were in good standing as of September 1, 2020 are eligible to vote and can expect to receive an electronic ballot invitation at their email address on file with IDNIYRA or IDNIYRA EU.  The ballot will be open from 2345 Atlantic time, 1 November 2020 to 2345 Atlantic time, 22 November 2020.  To pass, a proposal must receive at least 2/3rds yes votes.  Any measures passed will come into effect on May 31st, 2021.

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