The name of this organization shall be the “Kirby 25 Class Association.”
The constitution and the class rules may be translated into any language. However, in the event of a dispute the English text shall prevail.
Section 1 – Objectives
1.1 – To maintain the one-design character of the Kirby 25.
1.2 -To manage the affairs of the Class and actively promote all aspects of sailing the Kirby 25.
1.3 -To encourage and coordinate competition within the Class and to organize the annual Class championship.
1.4 -To administer the Class Rules so as to maintain the Kirby 25 as a modern one-design class.
1.5 – To provide a means of communication between Association members, and to represent the class.
Section 2 – Membership
2.1 -Full membership shall be upon payment of the prescribed annual subscription, to be open to any owner of a Kirby 25, or in the case of joint owners, to one of them, or in the case of a Kirby 25 owned by a corporation or association to a nominated member of that organization.
2.2 -Associate members shall, upon of the prescribed annual subscription be open to any individual club interested in the Kirby 25 Class Association.
2.3 -The annual general meeting shall have the power to elect honourary members as a mark of appreciation for services to the Kirby 25 Class Association.
Section 3 – Annual Dues
3.1 – The annual dues for full and associate members shall be determined by majority vote at the annual general meeting
Section 4 – Management
4.1 – General Committee
4.1.1 -The affairs of the Kirby 25 Class Association shall be managed by the Executive members.
4.1.2 -The executive members shall be elected annually at the annual general meeting and shall serve until the conclusion of the following annual general meeting.
4.1.3 – In the event of vacancies occurring on the committee for any reason whatsoever, the committee shall have the power to co-opt replacements.
4.1.4 – Each committee member shall have one vote. Decisions shall be reached by a simple majority. In the event of an equality of votes the President shall have an additional vote.
4.1.5 – Three members shall form a General Committee quorum and telephone, internet and email meetings are permitted.
4.1.6 – Fourteen days notice of meetings must be given to all general committee members. This notice shall include an agenda.
4.2 – Class Championship
4.2.1 – The championship schedule for the following year will be determined at the annual general meeting.
Section 5 – Annual General Meeting
5.1 – The annual general meeting of the Kirby 25 Class Association shall be held each year in conjunction with the Class Championships.
5.2 – Business at the annual general meeting shall comprise of:
A vote on the annual dues for the following year.
Election of honourary members.
Election of officers and committee members.
5.3 – At any general meeting decisions shall be by simple majority except on matters concerning the Kirby 25 Class Association Constitution. Alterations or amendments to the Constitution must be carried by a two-thirds majority vote.
5.4 – At any general meeting both full and associate members may vote. In the event of an equality of votes the President chairman shall have an additional vote.
Section 6 – Class Rules
6.1 – Proposals for any alterations or amendments to the class rules shall be submitted in writing to the President.
6.2 – All proposed rule changes will be presented by the President to current members of the Association via email, fax, or mail. Proposals shall be deemed carried if two-thirds of the votes are cast in favour. The approved rule changes will come into effect on March 1st of the following year.
6.3 – Boats found not in compliance with the class rules, will, at the discretion of the executive be assessed a penalty, awarded last place or disqualified from any race or series.
6.4 – All boats can be subject to an on the spot measurement inspection by a Class executive, or designee as a result of a protest.
Section 7 – Class Championship Rules
7.1 – The Kirby 25 Class Association shall arrange the annual Class Championships, but may delegate the running of such championships.
7.2 – Class Championships will be conducted under the ISAF racing rules and the Kirby 25 Championship rules. The owner of each boat taking part in a Class Championship must be a paid-up member of the Association.
7.3 – For a Class Championship, a minimum of five races shall be scheduled.
7.4 – For a championship to be valid, at least three races must be completed.