Wayfarer International Committee Constitution (2009)
To provide an International Committee representing all
National Wayfarer Class Associations; to define its
terms of reference and to lay down the manner in which
its business will be conducted.
2. DEFINITIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS
2.1 WIC shall mean the WAYFARER
2.2 National Class Association (NCA) shall
mean any of the respective WAYFARER Class Owners
Associations organised on a national or multi-national
basis and recognised by the WIC.
2.3 The Class shall mean the class of sailing
dinghy known as a WAYFARER, originally designed by Ian
Proctor, and as described in the Wayfarer Class Rules.
2.4 The Class Rules shall mean the Rules
adopted internationally and relate to measurement,
construction and racing conditions of the Class, as
well as governing the building of each WAYFARER and
its rating as a recognised boat for Class racing
2.5 The International Secretary shall mean a
secretary acting for and nominated by the WIC.
3. TERMS OF REFERENCE
The objects of the WIC are:
3.1(a) To maintain the One-Design character of
the WAYFARER dinghy and preserve the concept of Ian
Proctor's original design as a simple, multi-purpose
craft, suitable for cruising as well as racing.
(b) To further the interests of the WAYFARER
Class throughout the World; to assist and advise on
the formation of new NCA’s and to approve the
Association Rules of prospective NCA’s.
3.2 To recommend to the NCA’s such amendments
to their current National Class Rules as will provide
a common code constituting the Class Rules.
(a) To advise the NCA’s of the interpretation
of the Class Rules.
(b) To consider any proposals for amending
or adding to the Class Rules as received from NCA’s.
3.3 To promulgate to all NCA’s the
Class Rules, together with all properly approved
amendments, additions, and interpretations.
3.4 To explore the possibility of organising
International events and make recommendations to the
NCA’s on how this may best be accomplished.
3.5 To make such amendments to the
Constitution of the WIC as may from time to time be
carried by weight of motion in the WIC as hereinafter
3.6 To publish updated versions of the
Class Rules on the WIC Website and circulate these to
3.7 To approve the Association Rules
of prospective NCA’s.
4. COMPOSITION OF THE WIC
shall comprise of two representatives of each NCA,
together with such co-opted members as agreed by the
WIC reps. A representative of Ian Proctor Designs
Ltd, of the Copyright Holder, and of any licensed
Wayfarer builder shall be invited to be part of
the WIC as Honorary Members.
4.2 The WIC shall have power to co-opt any
person who is not a full member of an NCA, but such
person shall have no vote in the WIC.
5.1 The Secretariat of the WIC shall
comprise the International Secretary, who will also
act as Chairman, and such other persons as may be
nominated by the WIC.
5.2 The function of the Secretariat shall be
to initiate, organise and process the work of the WIC.
5.3 The Secretariat shall be financed as
provided under Article 8 hereof. The International
Secretary shall be appointed for a period of three
years, and whenever possible, a
new International Secretary shall be appointed
from a different NCA on a rotational basis.
6. VOTING RIGHTS
NCA's shall have voting rights, and this
only while their WIC dues are not in
arrears. Each such NCA shall have voting rights
according to the number of paid-up members existing at
1st Sept of each year, on the following basis:-
10 - 50
- 500 members
one extra vote per 500 additional members. (See
6.2 No representative of Ian Proctor
Designs Ltd or the Copyright Holder shall
have any vote.
6.3 A motion shall be carried when it
receives at least two thirds of the total votes cast
under the WIC voting procedure.
6.4 Voting shall take place by e-mail or
postal ballot except where a Committee Meeting is
held at which all persons having voting rights, or
their nominees, are present.
7.1 The International Secretary shall be
informed of any changes in representation on the WIC,
such changes are made by any NCA. Details
of nominations to the WIC shall include the full
contact information to which correspondence is to be
7.2 The business of the WIC shall be
conducted by e-mail, and shall be directly addressed
to the International Secretary, or copied to him or
7.3 Any proposal for a change in the
Class Rules or the WIC Constitution shall be submitted
by its sponsor(s) to all members of the WIC for the
purpose of soliciting input and/or suggested
amendments to the proposal. Having allowed six
weeks for the consultative process to be completed,
the sponsoring party must submit a final version of
the proposal to the WIC Secretary by 15th October, if
it is to be eligible for the following year's voting
and implementation. (See Appendix 1)
7.4 The WIC Secretary shall send any
proposal thus received to the WIC representatives of
each NCA by 1st November, (or 15 days after receiving
any such proposals).
7.5 It shall be the sole responsibility
of each NCA to ensure that its representative consults
with its membership and acts in accordance with the
wishes of its members.
7.6 Any WIC member failing to vote on a
proposal by the date required shall be deemed to have
7.7 Amendments to the Class Rules or to this
Constitution, approved by WIC votes, shall be
communicated to all WIC members in writing by the
International Secretary as soon as possible, and no
later than 4 weeks after the voting deadline.
7.8 Amendments to the Class Rules or to this
Constitution shall become operative on the 1st April
of the year in which they were approved.
7.9 The official wording of the Class Rules
and this Constitution, or amendments thereto, shall be
the English language. Translations shall be the
responsibility of each NCA.
8.1 The WIC shall authorise the
expenditures of its Secretariat, which shall be
financed by contributions according to the paid-up
membership of each NCA as of the 1st Sept.
8.2 Contributions shall become due on the
15th September in each year.
8.3 Any NCA which is in arrears
with its subscription payments shall lose its voting
rights until such time as all missed payments have
8.4 The rate of contribution per paid-up
member shall be determined by the WIC. (see Appendix
9.1 The acceptance of this Constitution
and any changes to its current wording shall be
dependant upon the WIC voting procedure, in accordance
with items 6 and 7 of this Constitution. Changes to
this Constitution may also be proposed outside the
time frame set out in item 7 and Appendix 1, provided
that there is unanimous approval from the WIC
9.2 The WIC shall be entitled to grant
National dispensation in relation to variation
from the Class Rules. Such amendments shall govern
Area and National Championship Racing and Open
Meetings under the control of the relevant NCA and
(unless otherwise agreed by the WIC), any
International Wayfarer Championships taking place
under such control.
10. AUTHORITY OF COPYRIGHT HOLDER
Notwithstanding anything which might appear to the
contrary in the Wayfarer International Class Rules,
any decision of the WIC which may be in any way
connected with the official drawings and/or
specifications of the Wayfarer Dinghy is subject to
the approval of the Copyright holders. The Copyright
Holders will refer any proposed changes to the plans
and/or specifications which affect Section III of the
Wayfarer International Class Rules to the WIC.
The official drawings and specifications are made and
the Class Rules are enforced (or their enforcement may
be waived) without responsibility on the part or any
member of the WIC or any member of any Wayfarer
National Class Association, or the designer of the
Wayfarer, or the Copyright Holders for the time being
of the Wayfarer design, for any injury, loss or damage
TIMETABLE FOR PROPOSED CHANGES TO WIC:
Initial proposals for any rule changes to WIC
15th Oct. Final rule
change proposals due to WIC Secretary
Ballots and rule change proposals mailed to WIC
15th Mar. Votes counted;
results announced by WIC Secretary
Approved changes become effective
NCA VOTING PROPORTION (an example based on
NCA membership for 2006)
SWS (352 members)
would need 10 votes to carry a 2/3rds majority
The current rate of contribution per paid-up member is set at 50 cents