The Javelin Constitution
1. NAME: The Association shall be known as "The Javelin Association of Great Britain".
2. OBJECTS:The objects of the Association are:-
2.1. to encourage the international growth of Javelin dinghies as a one design and
2.2. to foster the racing ofJavelin dinghies, and
2.3. to organise such National and other Championships, and other fixtures; as are in accord with the foregoing objects, at places and intervals to be decided from time to time.
3. MEMBERSHIP: Membership shall be open to everyone who is interested in the Javelin Class. There shall three classes of membership:-
3.1 Full Membership, which carries one vote per member, and
3.2 Associate Membership, which carries no voting rights, and
3.3 Junior Membership for those underage 16 on 1st January each year.
Application for either class of membership shall be made on the appropriate application form, obtained from the Hon. Membership Secretary. Completed forms, together with the appropriate annual subscription, shall be returned to the Hon. Membership Secretary. Acceptance of each application shall be at the discretion of the General committee. The General committee shall have the right to expel any Member or Associate or Junior Member from the Association for conduct. which, in the sole discretion of the General Committee, is prejudicial to the welfare of the Association or If an annual subscription is in arrear.
4. SUBSCRIPTION: Annual subscription shall be:-
4.1 £25.00 for each Full Member, and
4.2 £20.00 for each Associate Member and
4.3 £15.00 for each Junior Member
and shall be paid to the Hon. Treasurer by 1st January each year.
5. ACCOUNTS: The Accounts of the Association shall be made up to 30th June in each year, shall be audited by the Hon. Auditor and copies of Accounts shall be made available to all Members, Associate and Junior Members.
6. ATTENDANCE AND VOTING
6.1 Members, Associate and Junior Members may attend all meetings of the Association but only the full Members may vote. Members who are unable to attend a Meeting may vote on Agenda items by post. Postal votes reaching the Hon. secretary after the tenth day before the date of the Meeting in question shall be invalid. No proxy votes shall be counted.
6.2 Any Change to this Constitution or to the Rules annexed shall require a two-third majority of the valid votes cast in the Meeting in question. If in the opinion of the General Committee the proposed change is of sufficient importance then they shall Instruct the Hon. Secretary to poll the Members by post in advance of the Meeting in question and, subject to the provisions o f paragraph 6.1 and to the foregoing stipulation as to such poll shall govern. If a two-third majority of Members present and voting, voting at a Meeting shall so require, the proposed change shall be of a subsequent postal poll of all Members. In this case the Hon.Secretary shall set a time limit upon the receipt by him of postal votes which shall not be less than thirty days from the date of his letter of poll: votes received after this time limit have expired and shall be invalid.
6.3 No amendments to proposed changes to this Constitution or to tile annexed Rules shall be accepted during meetings but must be made in writing to the Hon. Secretary less than thirty days before the Meeting in question. Such amendments maybe Incorporated in the Agenda or rejected, in the discretion of the General Committee, unless these have the prior written support of a simple majority of Members.
6.4 All other matters appearing on the Agenda of a Meeting shall each be resolved by a simple majority of valid votes of the Members present and voting at the Meeting in question, except that the Chairman of the Meeting may, in his discretion, adjourn voting on all or part of an Agenda Item to the next meeting at which any question so adjourned shall be voted.
7.1 The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held annually during the National Championships or, If these are not held, during the month of October in that year. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by the General Committee at anytime on fourteen days notice to Members, Associate and Juniors Members. An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by the Hon. secretary upon receipt by him of written notices requiring such a Meeting from not less than five percent of paid up Members. such notices shall state the reasons for requiring the Meeting and shall state the questions to be resolved..
7.2 An Agenda for each Meeting Shall be sent to all Members, Associate Members and Junior Members not less than twenty days before the date of the Meeting in question.
7.3 Members, Associate and Junior Members may propose matters for inclusion in the Agenda of a Meeting but the last sentence of paragraph 6.3. shall apply to such proposals as if the word "amendments" had read "matters''.
8. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
8.1 The General committee shall comprise a Chairman, Honorary secretary, Honorary Membership Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and four Members, one of Which may be nominated by the General Committee as Vice-Chairman and all of whom shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. The General Committee may co-opt Members, and may constitute such other Committees and subcommittees as it thinks fit.
8.2 No ex. officio or co-opted Member of a (sub) Committee snell vote in that (sub) Committee.
8.3 Committees and sub. Committees shall report to the General Committee who shall accept or reject such reports (or parts of them) by a two-third majority of the votes cast in the General Committee, or may refer such reports(or parts of them) for further investigation.
8.4 The General Committee shall resolve matters other than reports of Committees and Sub-Committees, by a simple majority of the votes cast on each matter. The quorum in the General Committee shall be five members one of Whom shall be the Chairman or Vice-Chairman. The Chairman (or in his absence the Vice-Chairman) shall not have a second or casting vote.
8.5 A Member may be elected to more than one post save that the Chairman and Vice chairman shall be different individuals.
9 . TECHNICAL ADVISERS
Technical Advisers to the Association Who (in the capacity)shall be ex-officio Members of the General Committee. For the time being Messrs. J. Jarvis, P.Milne, P.Wright, and T Lincoln have been appointed to these posts.
10. RACING CERTIFICATES
10.1. The Association member shall ensure that his or her boat conforms to the Rules with regard to measurement in all its aspects. A certificate signed by a measurer shall only be valid at the date of issue and the measurer will not be held responsible for any changes to tho boat or any part of it thereafter. The hull, provided it Is plated, need not be measured. The declaration shall be signed by the Member not the measurer.
10.2 A Racing Certificate Will automatically become invalid If:
10.2.1. Any modification to a vessel is made which contravenes the annexed Rules or such modified Rules as may be in force, or
10.2.2. The Rules In force are modified, or
10.2.3. The hull, sails, mast and boom (or any of them) is replaced from time to time, or
10.2.4. The Javelin dinghy which is the subject of a certificate is sold. Provided that if the hull, sails, mast and boom (or any of them) are replaced from time to time
and such replacements are Supplied by the Official Builder, or measured by an approved Measurer and found to confirm with the Rules then in force, and an appropriate declaration signed by the member to renew his Certificate.
11. CLASS RACING
11.1 No Javelin dinghy shall compete in a race against other such dinghies unless it has a valid Racing Certificate but if it does so compete, then the results of any such race shall computed as if the dinghy in question had not been racing as that term is defined in the 1969 Yacht Racing Rules of thee international Yacht Racing Union.
11.2. No Javelin dinghy shall compete in a race against other such dinghies unless it has at least one crew member who is full or Junior Member of the Javelin Association of Great Britain.
12. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
In accordance with paragraph 2.1 it is the intention of the founders of this Association
to encourage the international growth of Javelin dinghies. The founders wish it to be known that:
12.1. When twelve or more Javelin dinghies are owned by Nationals of any country, then this Association will help and foster the foundation in that country or a National Association.
12.2. When two such other National Association have been founded, then this Association will propose and foster the foundation in Great Britain of an International Association.
2.3. When such International Association is founded, the name of this Association shall automatically be changed to "The Javelin Association of Great Britain".
12.4 Until each National Association musters twenty five or more Javelin dinghies
(owned by Nationals of the country in question and each possessing a valid Racing Certificate) then each such Association shall nominate two Members to the General Committee of the International Association who shall together have one vote in that Committee but thereafter the number of votes for each National Association in that Committee shall be one for every twenty-five Javelin dinghies owned and certificated as above.
Dated August 1994 (amendment 9. Technical Advisers 2015)