2022 IDNIYRA Fall Ballot Results for Spec Change & Epic Agreement

All 4 ballot questions were approved. They will take effect on May 31, 2023, as per the EPIC Agreement.

Via IDNIYRA Europe Secretary Atilla Pataki:

Happy Thanksgiving & Advent to all of our Class Members!

The 2022 Autumn DN Class Ballot closed yesterday.

The results are the following:

Results for 2022 Autumn DN Class Ballot

Proposal 1: Technical Specifications Amendment – Boom Stripe

Option Votes Percentage
Yes – I approve the amendment 142 (NA:78,EU:64) 82.08% (NA:80%,EU:85%)
No – I reject the amendment 31 (NA:20,EU:11) 17.92%(NA:20%,EU:15%)
Votes tallied: 173
Abstentions: 7
The proposal received the support of more than 2/3 of the votes cast. Passes.
PASSED

 

Proposal 2: EPIC Agreement Amendment – Technical Specifications Compliance

Option Votes Percentage
Yes – I approve the amendment 163 (NA:95,EU:68) 95.32%(NA:96%,EU:94%)
No – I reject the amendment 8 (NA:4,EU:4) 4.68%(NA:4%,EU:6%)
Votes tallied: 171
Abstentions: 9
The proposal received the support of more than 2/3 (66,6%) of the votes cast. Passes.
PASSED

 

Proposal 3: EPIC Agreement Amendment – Technical Committee

Option Votes Percentage
Yes – I approve the amendment 153 (NA:84,EU:63) 91.07%(NA:87,5%,EU:86%)
No – I reject the amendment 15 (NA:12,EU:3) 8.93%(NA:12,5%,EU:4%)
Votes tallied: 168
Abstentions: 12
The proposal received the support of more than 2/3 (66,6%) of the votes cast.
PASSED

 

Proposal 4: EPIC Agreement Amendment – Voting

Option Votes Percentage
Yes – I approve the amendment 163 (NA:98,EU:65) 96.45%(NA:97%,EU:96%)
No – I reject the amendment 6 (NA:3,EU:3) 3.55%(NA:3%,EU:4%)
Votes tallied: 169
Abstentions: 11
The proposal received the support of more than 2/3 (66,6%) of the votes cast.
PASSED

Also see: https://idniyra.eu/2022-autumn-ballot/

Notice of Electronic Ballot


Via IDNIYRA Europe Secretary Atilla Pataki:

Dear Fellow DN Class Members,

We cordially invite you to take part in our annual Autumn DN Class Ballot.
As defined in the EPIC Agreement, all members of IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA – Europe in good standing on September 1st, 2022 are eligible to vote.

Please check your inbox for the invitation email from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com.
Should you have any technical questions, please contact webmaster@idniyra.eu

The Ballot is open from Nov. 1st 23:45 CET (17.45CDT) until Nov. 26th 20.00 CET (13.00CST)

During the 2022 National Secretaries Meeting the following proposals from our members were approved to be forwarded to the Class Vote:

Question 1: Technical Specifications Amendment – Boom Stripe

Original text:

D. Boom

“7. A 1/2’’ (12. mm) wide stripe shall be painted around the boom in contrasting color.
Stripe shall be perpendicular to sail tunnel. Forward edge of the stripe shall be 8’ 10’’
(2692 mm) or less from forward inner surface of mast sail slot projected fairly.”

Proposed Changes:

D. Boom

7. A 1/2’’ (12. mm) wide stripe shall be painted around the boom in contrasting color.
Stripe shall be perpendicular to sail tunnel. Forward edge of the stripe shall be 8’ 10’’
(2692 mm) or less from forward inner surface of mast sail slot projected fairly.

Reasoning:
– we don’t need it, makes no sense to keep it
– make specifications more clear and simple
– we should measure the foot of the sail instead

Question 2: EPIC Agreement Amendment – Technical Specifications Compliance

Original Text:

Article XI – ENFORCEMENT OF THE SPECIFICATIONS

“The OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS shall be enforced in two ways;

1. Through a protest filed by any contestant, Judge or Race Committee member at the Gold Cup, European Championship or North American Championship Regattas against any competing yacht; or,
2. By the Race Committee measuring yachts during a regatta described in the CGDs, NIA rules, or the regatta Sailing Instructions.”

Proposed Changes:

Article XI – ENFORCEMENT OF THE SPECIFICATIONS

“Each and every sailor has the full responsibility to ensure that his/her iceboat is maintained to comply with her class rules and is in full compliance with the OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS

The OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS shall be enforced in two ways;

1. Through a protest filed by any contestant, Judge or Race Committee member at the Gold Cup, European Championship or North American Championship Regattas against any competing yacht; or,
2. By the Race Committee measuring yachts during a regatta described in the CGDs, NIA rules, or the regatta Sailing Instructions.”

Reasoning:
There was no proper responsibility defined earlier in the Governing Documents.

Question 3: EPIC Agreement Amendment – Technical Committee

Original Text:

Article VI – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

“The DN Class Technical Committee (TC) shall consist of six members, three elected from North America and three elected from Europe. TC members shall be elected according to the respective Continental Governing Documents (CGD). One member will be elected every year, alternating between continents. North American members will be elected in even years and European members in odd years. The term of office is six years. Term of office will begin July 1, and expire June 30 of the appropriate year. Each year the TC shall elect from its membership a chairperson to serve until June 30 of the following year. All decisions of the TC require 2/3 majority vote of all members. Upon resignation prior to six years, a replacement member will be elected by the respective CGG to complete the unexpired term. The Chairperson shall report to the CGGs on all recommendations of the TC. The TC may initiate changes in the OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS or OFFICIAL PLANS by proposing a change to both CGGs.”

Proposed Changes:

Article VI – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

“The DN Class Technical Committee (TC) shall consist of six members, three elected from North America and three elected from Europe. TC members shall be elected according to the respective Continental Governing Documents (CGD). One member will be elected every year, alternating between continents. North American members will be elected in even years and European members in odd years. The term of office is six years. Term of office will begin July 1, and expire June 30 of the appropriate year. Each second year the TC shall elect from its membership a chairperson to serve until June 30 of the appropriate year. The chairperson must be elected alternately from American and European members. If the chairperson resigns or cannot fill out his/her term, a new chairperson from the appropriate continent is to be elected by the TC to fill out the remainder of the term. Upon resignation of a member prior to six years, a replacement member will be elected by the respective CGG to complete the unexpired term.

All decisions of the TC require 2/3 majority vote of all members. The Chairperson shall report to the CGGs on all recommendations of the TC. The TC may initiate changes in the OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS or OFFICIAL PLANS by proposing a change to both CGGs.”

Reasoning:

We believe that serving one year as chairperson is not enough to carry out long-term plans. At least a two-year term must be given to the chairperson.
The European Community would like to have more even representation of their interests in the TC, therefore requires the election of the TC chairperson alternately from the American and the European members. Without examining the reason why in the past there were only NA chairpersons elected in the TC, we would like to enshrine this rotating principle in the EPIC Agreement.

Question 4: EPIC Agreement Amendment – Voting

Original Text:

Article IX VOTING

“The DN Class will submit a ballot to the membership, no later than Oct 1. All members having valid membership at Sept. 1 and a valid e-mail address on file will have the right to vote. The method of voting will be an electronic ballot or any other safe and reliable method. The voting will be closed 21 days after the submission. The chosen electronic voting system should be able to certify and to verify the voting results. DN Class members that are members of both the North American and European organizations may only cast one ballot.

Passage: To pass a proposal must get at least 2/3 yes votes. Any proposal which does not pass may not be resubmitted for one year.
Effective Date: Changes in the Official Specifications or Official Plans shall become effective May 31 unless both Governing Groups agree an earlier effective date, and that the effective date is on the ballot proposal. “

Proposed Changes:

Article IX VOTING

“The DN Class will submit a ballot to the membership, no later than Oct 1. All members having valid membership at Sept. 1 and a valid e-mail address on file will have the right to vote. The method of voting will be an electronic ballot or any other safe and reliable method. The voting will be closed 21 days after the submission. The chosen electronic voting system should be able to certify and to verify the voting results. DN Class members that are members of both the North American and European organizations may only cast one ballot.

Passage: To pass a proposal must get at least 2/3 yes votes from the votes cast. Abstentions count as votes that have not been cast and are therefore invalid. Any proposal which does not pass may not be resubmitted for one year.
Effective Date: Changes in the Official Specifications or Official Plans shall become effective May 31 unless both Governing Groups agree an earlier effective date, and that the effective date is on the ballot proposal. “

Reasoning:
The previous wording was not clear and could have given rise to misunderstandings and controversy. The current wording is clearer and fully in line with Robert’s Rules of Order.

Friendly Reminder: 2 Spec Changes in Effect

Previous: Results of 2021 Autumn Ballot
The two specification ballot proposals that IDNIYRA and IDNIYRA EU approved back in Autumn 2021 came into effect on May 31, 2022.
They are G.14 Sail Window Size and A.30 National Letters and Sail Numbers. The DN World portal Specifications section has been updated to reflect the changes. The DN World portal at dniceboat.org will always have the most up-to-date specifications.

Results of 2022 IDNIYRA Officer & TC Election

Link to results.

 

Past Commodore

The results have been tabulated in the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association Election of 2022-2023 IDNIYRA Officers and one Technical Committee member.

The proposed slate of officers and Technical Committee member have been elected. 49% of those eligible voted -114 ballots submitted of 231 eligible voters.
[Note: The Past Commodore ballot was sent separately. 29% of those eligible voted. 67 ballots submitted of 231 eligible voters.]

Commodore: Jody Kjoller:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 106 votes (99.1%)
No – I reject the candidate: 1 vote (0.9%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 99.1% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 107
Abstentions: 7

Vice Commodore: David Frost:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 111 votes (100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 111
Abstentions: 3

Secretary: Deb Whitehorse:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 114 votes (100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 114
Abstentions: 0

Treasurer: Deb Whitehorse:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 113 votes (100.0%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 100.0% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 113
Abstentions: 1

Past Commodore: Bob Cummins:
Yes – I approve the candidate: 65 votes (98.5%)
No – I reject the candidate: 0 votes (0%)
Kent Baker: 1 vote (1.5%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 98.5% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 66
Abstentions: 1

Technical Committee Jeff Kent
Yes – I approve the candidate: 108 votes (98.2%)
No – I reject the candidate: 1 vote (0.9%)
Warren Nethercote: 1 vote (0.9%)
Yes – I approve the candidate wins with 98.2% of the vote.
Votes tallied: 110
Abstentions: 4

Notice of Electronic Ballot for 2022 IDNIYRA Elections

Photo: Catherine E. Firmbach

In a few days, you will be receiving an electronic ballot via email from the International DN Ice Yacht Racing Association. We have sent an email to confirm that your email address is correct. If you did receive the email, there’s no need to reply. If you have not received the email from the IDNIYRA, please check your spam folder. If it’s not in the spam folder, please email to secretary.idniyra@gmail.com to let us know.

In the coming days, please watch your inbox for the invitation to vote email so that you can vote. The ballot offers candidates for five positions: Jody Kjoller for Commodore, David Frost for Vice Commodore, Robert Cummins for Past Commodore, and Deb Whitehorse for Secretary and Treasurer. Jeff Kent is up for a six year term on the Technical Committee*.  A simple majority is required for election and write-in candidates are allowed. As allowed by the IDNIYRA Constitution, the same candidate is offering for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. The Governing Committee has found this practice to be quite effective for the management of IDNIYRA.

*UPDATE:
From the Established Procedure of Iceboat Competition (EPIC) Agreement
Article VI – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
The DN Class Technical Committee (TC) shall consist of six members, three elected from North America and three elected from Europe. TC members shall be elected according to the respective Continental Governing Documents (CGD). One member will be elected every year, alternating between continents. North American members will be elected in even years and European members in odd years. The term of office is six years. Term of office will begin July 1, and expire June 30 of the appropriate year. Each year the TC shall elect from its membership a chairperson to serve until June 30 of the following year. All decisions of the TC require 2/3 majority vote of all members. Upon resignation prior to six years, a replacement member will be elected by the respective CGG to complete the unexpired term.