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.

IDNIYRA Technical Committee: Icewise Runner Planks

The IDNIYRA Technical Committee has determined based on facts found from numerous Hamrak/Icewise existing runner planks, that they fail to satisfy class specifications . Much time and careful consideration has gone into this decision. As of this notice, ALL Hamrak/Icewise runner planks shall be deemed illegal from this point going forward.

 

Owners who have found themselves with such a runner plank(s) may attempt to verify construction in order to exonerate them for use in IDNIYRA competitions.

 

The required method to do this shall be by providing a core sample of each plank within a designated area (see attached Image) Hole must be ¾” /19 mm diameter and go completely through full max thickness point of plank in region.

 

A hole saw must be used. NOT a drill bit. Remnant plug from hole saw is to be inspected and digitally photographed as well as a closeup up the hole itself showing interior construction if possible. Plug and or its remnants are the best way to evaluate.

 

IDNIYRA in NORTH AMERICA: These photographs shall be forwarded to any North American Technical Committee member for determination of legality. (North American TC members: Jeff Kent, Paul Goodwin, Steve Orlebeke)
IDNIYRA EUROPE: These photographs shall be forwarded to any class or National measurer, or to any member of the European Technical Committee for determination of legality. (European TC members: David Croner, Tomek Zackrzewski, Argo Vooreemaa)

 

If found to comply with specifications, area of hole may be repaired but not to be covered by paint or excessive fillers . Area of hole shall remain exposed until plank has been deemed legal by core sample / inspection and used in a continental regatta or higher to demonstrate its allowed use.

 

After that it may be faired and painted if so desired It is suggested you retain any and all information regarding this verification for future use. Hopefully you will not need to.

 

Voted by the TC

Jeff Kent US3535, Chairman, IDNIYRA Technical Committee
David Croner S1
Paul Goodwin US46
Tomek Zackrzewski P55
Steve Orlebeke US4926
Argo Vooreemaa C36
Click here to download a pdf file to print.

IDNIYRA Technical Committee Sept 2022 Update

Today we have finished work on two sections of IDNIYRA OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS.

Thanks to modern technology, Technical Committee met six times online for two-hour sessions each to prepare a updated version of the class rules.

We would like to thank Warren Nethercote for laying the foundation for the committee’s work. Without Warren’s work, it would not be possible to achieve our goals.

We hope that our work will be positively received by members of the DN class and that the proposed rule format will be voted on.

TC members will be happy to answer any questions that may arise after publication in Runner Tracks [September 2022].

On behalf of TC,

Tomek Zakrzewski, P-55

IDNIYRA Technical Committee Update


The IDNIYRA Technical Committee has been working diligently over the summer for the DN Class. Here’s an update on their progress.
Via  TC member Tomek Zackrzewski P55:

Here is short summary of what has happened within TC:

On Sunday, August 22, the IDNIYRA Technical Committee members completed online meeting #4. Main focus is to deliver revised wording of Section A (fuselage) and section B (runner plank).

The main goals are:

  • Incorporate interpretations into Official Specifications
  • Rewrite to deliver more user friendly wording
  • Enrich each section with measurement guide incl. measurement drawings
  • Consolidate fragmented sections
  • Eliminate loopholes and grey areas by giving more precise definitions
  • Maintain unchanged specs

There are two more online meetings scheduled by September 1st.
IDNIYRA Technical Committee Members:
Jeff Kent US3535
David Croner S1
Paul Goodwin US46
Tomek Zackrzewski P55
Steve Orlebeke US4926
Argo Vooreemaa C36