THE INTERNATIONAL E-BOAT CLASS
The name of the Association shall be the International E-Boat Class
2. CLASS EMBLEM
The emblem of the Association shall be a stylized capital letter E.
The objects of the Association shall be:
- a. to promote, develop and
govern E-Boat racing in all countries under uniform rules, and
- b. to maintain the E-Boat as a
class capable of racing safely offshore whilst remaining within the financial
reach of the man of moderate means, and
- c. to provide means whereby
all persons who have an interest in the E-Boat, whether they are owners, crew,
or supporters,`and whether their interest is in racing or cruising, may combine
together for racing, sailing or social pleasure.
It shall be the Policy of the Association to co-operate with all other yachting
organizations, in return for which observance and enforcement of the rules of
the E-Boat Class are expected.
The Association has final jurisdiction over all E-Boat activities. The powers
of the Association shall be vested in and administered by the Governing
Committee (GC). The Constitution, By-Laws, and One-Design Class Rules are
binding upon all members, Fleets, and National Branches and govern all E-Boat
races, except as modified by the Constitution for National Branches, in which
case the modified provisions shall be binding upon members of National
- a. A new fleet may be granted
Association approval upon an application being made by four or more full
members who are owners of four or more E-Boats, proposing to race in a locality
outside that of an existing Approved Fleet. Approved Fleets that fall in number
below four boats may have their approval revoked by the Governing Committee.
- b. Approval shall only be
granted to a fleet that is based upon a recognized sailing club and that has
the consent of that club.
- c. Each fleet must elect its
own officers to include a Fleet Captain and Fleet Secretary. The Fleet shall be
self-governing in all matters not conflicting with the Association
- d. The owners of all E-Boats
comprising an Approved Fleet must be full members of the Association.
- e. Groups of Fleets in
localities established from time to time by the Governing Committee shall
7. NATIONAL BRANCHES
- a. When two or more Approved
Fleets are established in any one country or fifteen or more full members are
registered in any one country, the Governing Body may establish a National
- b. A National Branch shall be
organized and run in accordance with the Constitution for National Branches but
shall be self governing in all matters not conflicting with the Association
8. SUBSCRIPTION AND FEES
Association subscriptions and fees shall be fixed by By-Laws and Fleet
subscriptions, if any, by the Fleet. Both must be paid before an Association
member can be in good standing.
- a. There shall be two classes
of membership, as follows:-
(i) Full Member. A full member must be an owner
or part owner of an E-Boat. If he ceases to qualify as a full member he shall
nevertheless retain his status until the end of the relevant subscription year.
A full member may hold office, vote, and skipper an E-Boat in events recognized
or organized by the Association.
(ii) Associate Member. An associate member is a
non-owner member and may not hold Association office nor vote on certain
matters at Annual General Meetings or postal ballots. In other respects the
rights and responsibilities of associate members are the same as those of full
- b. A member may not belong to
more than one Fleet at the same time, nor may an E-Boat be registered in more
than one Fleet at the same time.
- c. An E-Boat participating in
an event recognized or organized by the Association must be skippered by a
member of the Association.
- d. The Governing Committee
may, in the interests of the Association, grant full member status to any
person not qualified for such membership in accordance with this section.
10. ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
The following officers shall be elected annually by postal vote of the full
- a. President. The President
is the chief executive of the Association. He shall preside at meetings of the
Association and serve as chairman of the Governing Committee. He has sole
authority to authorize payment of bills.
- b. Vice President. The Vice
President shall perform the duties of President in his absence and shall have
such powers and responsibilities as the President shall from time to time
confer upon him.
- c. Treasurer. The Treasurer is
the custodian of the financial assets of the Association, and shall keep the
Association's books and financial records, and securities, and shall place
funds in such accounts as are approved by the GC. He shall disburse funds only
on the written order of the President.
- d. Secretary. The Secretary
shall keep minutes of meetings. He shall have charge over the day to day
business of the Association, including:
(i) maintaining communication with individual members, Fleets, and National
(ii) maintaining central records and keeping registers of E-Boats and members;
(iii) keeping a cash book and making bank deposits;
(iv) administering all other details connected with the operation of the head
11. ELECTION PROCEDURE
- a. Nominations: Nominations
for Association Officers must be forwarded to the Secretary on or before 1st
May. Nominations must be supported by two full members.
- b. Eligibility: A candidate
for office, before his name can be placed on the ballot, must certify in
writing that he is willing to serve and if elected will be able to attend
Governing Committee meetings held in London at least once per month. A
candidate must be a full member at the time of nomination and the time of
- c. Voting: Each full member
will be sent an official ballot form. Completed forms must be returned in a
sealed envelope to the secretary on or before the 1st June.
- d. Election: The sealed ballot
papers shall be opened and counted by the GC on the earliest date following the
closing date that the GC can meet. For the purpose of the election the GC shall
appoint a full member who is not himself a candidate for office to witness the
opening of the ballot papers and the counting of votes.
12. GOVERNING COMMITTEE
The powers of the Association are vested in the Governing
Committee (GC), subject to the limitations imposed by the Constitution and
By-Laws of the Association. The members of the GC shall hold office for one
calendar year and thereafter until a successor GC has been ratified by the
Annual General Meeting of the Association. The GC shall consist of the
president, who shall be its chairman, the Vice President, the Treasurer and at
least three and not more than seven Full Members designated annually, on or
before 1st July, by the President designate, and ratified by the Annual General
Meeting. Promptly after being ratified to take office the GC shall publish a
list of appointed officers and Committee for the coming year and may act on
other matters pertaining to its term of office.
- The Governing Committee is empowered to:
- (i) Transact all business of
- (ii) Purchase and sell
- (iii) Decide all inter-member,
inter-Fleet, and inter-Branch disputes;
- (iv) Approve the establishment
of Fleets and fix or alter Area boundaries;
- (v) Approve the formation of
- (vi) Approve race Committees
for Area and National Championships and appoint a race Committee for the World
- (vii) Determine questions of
the policy of the Association;
- (viii) Suspend Members of the
Association, subject to provisions of the Constitution;
- (ix) Appoint Members of the
One-Design and Measurement Committee and to Special Committees as required;
- (x) Appoint Area
- (xi) Promote the development
of the Class, particularly the formation of new fleets;
- (xii) Act upon any other
matters not otherwise provided for by the Constitution and By-Laws of the
- (xiii) In all disputes
affecting individual Members, Fleets, Areas or Branches, the Governing
Committee shall seek to obtain the views of those Members, Fleets, Areas, or
Branches, by such means as is considered appropriate.
13. APPOINTED COMMITTEES AND OFFICERS
The following Committee Members and Officers shall be
appointed by the GC from the Full Members of the Association, to serve the
calendar year of the term of the Committee:
- a. One-Design and Measurement
Committee (ODMC): The ODMC shall consist of at least two and not more
than five full members. The ODMC shall supervise all matters related to
measurement and the protection of the One-Design status of the E-Boat Class,
appoint measurers as required, grant or reject measurement certificates, sell
plans and specifications, and answer questions relating to measurement and the
One-Design Class Rules.
- b. Area Representatives: The
Area Representative shall be responsible for general supervision of E-Boat
activities in his Area, for checking entries to approved events, and shall be
Chairman of special E-Boat race Committees are approved Championships in his
14. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
- a. An Annual General Meeting
of the Association Membership shall be held at time and place fixed by the
Governing Committee, and which shall whenever possible be held during the
period of an in the vicinity of the UK National Championships.
- b. Notice of such meeting
together with the Agenda, and any notices in support of or against any proposed
amendments, shall be sent to members not later than one month before the date
of the meeting.
- c. The full members present at
an Annual General Meeting shall constitute a Quorum.
- d. Any members may be heard
but in general only full members may vote on motions. However the Chairman may
rule that Associate Members be allowed to vote on any motion that directly
affects the Associate Membership.
- e. Except when otherwise
specified in the Constitution, a majority vote shall decide all questions, In
the event of a tied vote the Chairman shall cast the deciding vote.
- f. The Chairman may impose a
time limit on speakers or debate.
- g. The order of business at an
Annual General Meeting shall be:
(i) Roll call of members present;
(ii) Approval of minutes;
(iii) Matters arising;
(iv) Reports of Officers;
(v) Ratification of Governing Committee members;
(vi) Proposed amendments;
(vii) Other new business;
15. SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION
- a. Suspension: A member may be
suspended by the Governing Committee for gross violation of the Class Rules, or
for unsportsmanlike conduct, or after due warning for willful and persistent
disregard of rulings. The duration of the suspension is fixed by the General
Committee but may not exceed the Governing Committee's term of office.
- b. Expulsion: A member may be
expelled by three-fourths vote of members at an Annual General Meeting, with or
- a. The Constitution, By-Laws,
One-Design Class Rules, Plan and Specifications can never be suspended but may
be amended, except as specified in paragraph b. of this section, by the
- Any member may propose an amendment by forwarding such
amendment to the Governing Committee not later than three months before an
Annual General Meeting. The Governing Committee shall publish such proposed
amendment not later than one month prior to such meeting. Each duly proposed
amendment must be submitted for consideration and vote at the appropriate
annual meeting and to be adlopted it must be approved by a three-fourths vote.
An approved amendment shall take effect from the 1st January following. Members
or groups including the Governing Committee for or against an amendment
resolution may set forth their views on one sheet of printed matter, at their
own expense, to be enclosed with the notice of the annual meeting at which the
amendment is to be voted on.
- b. The basic principles of
Sections 3, 4, 5 and 9 of the Constitution cannot be altered. No amendment
shall be valid that would render ineligible for membership or racing a member
or yacht whose eligibility had been established under existing Rules of the
Association, and whose status could not reasonably be changed to conform with
the proposed amendment.
The Association shall not be liable for any debts contracted by its members,
Fleets, Areas, or Branches other than for expenditure authorized by the
President in writing.
2. ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIPTIONS
- a. All Association members
shall register annually. The annual subscription shall be:
(i) for full members Five pounds
(ii) for associate members Two pounds
- b. Subscriptions are due on
- c. The Governing Committee
shall have power to vary subscriptions by notice to all members on or before
3. ELIGIBLE YACHTS
A yacht is eligible and considered to be in the E-Boat Class only if it
conforms to the Official Plans, Specification, and One-Design Class Rules, has
been properly registered and is owned or skippered by a member recorded at the
time as in good standing with the Association.
4. E-BOAT NAMES AND NUMBERS
- a. Names of E-Boats shall be
recorded with the Association.
- b. Whenever possible E-Boat
names should begin with an E.
- c. No two E-Boats shall have
the same name.
- d. The Secretary shall assign
a permanent official number to each new E-Boat on application. The number shall
be displayed on both sides of the mainsail and on the main bulkhead.
- e. If an E-Boat is registered
with an official Registration Authority or has an IOR Rating Certificate, the
letters and numbers issued with such registration may be displayed on the
mainsail in lieu of the E-Boat number. E-Boat owners are required to inform the
Secretary of any numbers, other than the official E-Boat numbers, displayed on
5. MEASUREMENT CERTIFICATES
- a. No E-Boat shall be eligible
to enter any race for E-Boats, recognized by the Association, until it has been
granted a measurement certificate.
- b. The Association measurement
certificate shall be binding upon all organizations conducting races for
E-Boats. An E-Boat holding a valid certificate shall not be subject to
re-measurement or protest on re-measurement grounds unless reasonable evidence
is available to suggest subsequent alterations have been made. Notwithstanding
the foregoing, the Governing Committee and the race committee for the National
and World Championships may require an E-Boat to be re-measured and any race
committee may require any E-Boat to submit proof that its actual sailing weight
is not less than 2300 lbs.
6. MEASUREMENT PROCEDURES
- a. The following measuring
procedures apply to E-Boats built by licensed builders:
(i) An officially appointed measurer will certify
to the Association that the production moulds of a licensed builder comply with
the official plans and that the production methods and materials used comply
with the Official Specifications.
(ii) All E-Boat hulls, keels, and rudders produced
by licensed builders from approved moulds will be certified by the builder as
complying with the official plans and specifications. A duly certified card
will be issued by the builder to the purchaser.
(iii) It shall be the responsibility of the owner
to arrange for measurement of spars, rigging, and sails. The measurer must sign
the measurement card to the effect that the spars, rigging, and sails comply
with the One-Design Rules.
(iv) The measurement card, duly signed by the
builder, sail measurer, and owner must be forwarded to the Secretary for
registration and authorization by One-Design and Measurement Committee. The
measurement card is not valid until signed on behalf of the Association. It
shall then be retained as the measurement Certificate.
- b. E-Boats built by persons
other than licensed builders shall be subject to special measurement
arrangements. Application for measurement should be made to the Secretary of
the Association at an early stage in the construction.
7. RECOGNISED EVENTS
The Governing Committee may recognize any event for E-Boats as an authorized
event, and may outlaw any event for sufficient cause.
CONSTITUTION FOR NATIONAL
1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
- a. Except as modified by this
Constitution, the Constitution, By-Laws, and One-Design Class Rules of the
International E-Boat Class Association are binding upon all members.
- b. Additionally the provisions
of this Constitution are binding upon members of National Branches.
- c. In all matters not
conflicting with Association Rules, National Branches shall be self-governing.
- a. A new Fleet may be granted
approval in accordance with Association Rules by the Managing Committee (MC).
- b. Approved Fleets that no
longer accord with Association Rules may have their Approval revoked by the
- c. The Managing Committee
shall notify the Governing Committee of all Fleets whose Approval is revoked.
Such notice shall include a complete list of yachts and members comprising such
- d. The Managing Committee may
establish Areas and appoint Area Representatives and shall notify the Governing
Committee of the extent of such areas and the names of the Area
3. SUBSCRIPTION AND FEES
A National Branch may fix such subscriptions and fees as it considers
appropriate, but shall each year forward to the Governing Committee a sum equal
to one half of the subscription laid down by the By-Laws for each member of the
Branch. The half subscription so forwarded on behalf of members with maintain
their membership status either as Full or Associate members of the
International E-Boat Association as the case may be.
4. NATIONAL BRANCH OFFICERS
- a. A National Branch shall
elect or appoint officers by such means as are considered appropriate. Such
Officers must include a Chairman and a Secretary.
- b. Duties and responsibilities
may be assigned to officers as are considered appropriate except that:
(i) The Chairman shall be the Chief Executive of
the National Branch and shall serve as Chairman of the Managing Committee.
(ii) The Secretary shall be responsible for
maintaining communication with the GC. He shall keep registers of E-Boats and
members fo the Branch and shall forward copies of these registers to the
5. MANAGING COMMITTEE
All business of a National Branch shall be managed by a Managing Committee. The
Managing Committee may be elected or appointed in such manner as is considered
appropriate and shall comprise of the Chairman and as many full members as
required. The Managing Committee is empowered to:
- a. Transact all the business
of the National Branch.
- b. Decide all inter-member and
- c. Approve the establishment
of Fleets and fix or alter Area boundaries.
- d. Approve race committees for
Area and National Championships.
- e. Appoint Area
- f. Promote the development of
the Class, particularly by encouraging the formation of new Fleets.
- g. Act upon any other matters
not otherwise provided for by the Association Rules and which are specifically
the concern of the National Branch only.
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