The results are in from the 2015 AGM. 82% of those eligible to vote did so – here are the results.

Q1 To elect Ben Meakins Polly as Class Captain of the Impala Class Association. Proposed by: Jo Lloyd ex-Lammergeyer Seconded by: Kevin Palfreeman Zulu

For: 23
Against: 0
Abstain: 0

2: To re-elect Officers of the Impala Class Association as follows: Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Samantha Flint (Two Franks) in a dual role Rules Secretary: Olly Love (Two Franks)

For: 23
Against: 0
Abstain: 0

3: To re-elect the following as Committee Members of the Impala Class Association: Philip McDanell(Trudi) Barney Smith (Imptish)

For: 23
Against: 0
Abstain: 0

Q4 To adopt the 2014 Accounts

For: 23
Against: 0
Abstain: 0

Q5 To maintain the subscription rate as follows: Full Member: £15.00 or €30.00* Associate Member: £10.00 or €20.00* *The Euro price is not a direct conversion as we incur increasingly heavy bank charges on Euro payments. Please note: we can only accept Euro payments electronically or in Euro or Sterling notes. We cannot accept Euro cheques.

For: 23
Against: 0
Abstain: 0

Q6 To amend the Class Rules to insert a new Item 8 under the Section entitled ‘Sails’ as follows: 8. Any Spinnaker used must be symmetrical about its foot median. The current Item 8, The maximum sail dimensions (in metres) . . . . will now become Item 9. This Rule amendment is being introduced to clarify the Class position on using asymmetric spinnakers when racing takes place under Class Rules.

For: 23
Against: 0
Abstain: 0

Q7 Carbon Spinnaker Poles
As the Class progresses, certain new technologies become increasingly cheaper and more readily available; carbon spinnaker poles are one of these technologies. Impala owners who race regularly under IRC can have carbon poles and, when the Nationals come round, have to revert (sometimes at considerable expense) to aluminium poles: these owners asked the Class Association to look at the adoption of carbon spinnaker poles as Class legal poles in addition to the existing aluminium spinnaker pole. Olly Love has carried out an extensive testing project over winter 2014-2015 and recommends the adoption of carbon spinnaker poles in addition to the existing aluminium pole. His reasons for recommending adoption are: Tests carried out by the Class Association show there is no distinct performance advantage over aluminium poles Carbon spinnaker poles can help physically smaller bow team members (women & youths) to work safely on the foredeck, including when gybing Momentum on the pole is also reduced which means if someone is hit by a pole, the injury is lessened. They are easy to repair if broken. Fully fitted carbon poles, depending on where purchased, show a relatively small uplift over an aluminium pole (The Class Association has costed fully fitted carbon poles at around £400-£500 ex VAT). Existing ends can be fitted to carbon tubes. The Class Association is proposing to make carbon spinnaker poles Class legal. It will still be an owner’s choice of what type of pole (aluminium or carbon) he or she uses.

Proposal: Carbon spinnaker poles should be made Class Legal Proposed: Olly Love Seconded: Jo Lloyd

For: 21
Against: 1
Abstain: 1

Thanks to all who voted.

So that means that:

  • Ben Meakins is elected as new class captain
  • Class spinnakers must be symmetrical
  • Carbon spinnaker poles are now legal

It’s now time to join the class association for 2015 – you can download a form here.

Thanks to Jo Lloyd and Kevin Palfreeman for all their hard work over the years. The Nationals is in under a month- and you can still enter. Please enter now, before the 1 June as entries will be at the committee’s discretion after that date.

We’ve got a record entry for the nationals this year – 15 boats and counting – and the round the island race the following weekend has a great entry. Further ahead, there’s a good Impala entry for Cowes Week too. It’s going to be a good summer!

 

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