SPECIAL MEETING OF THE
J/105 CLASS ASSOCIATION
FLEET 1, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Agenda of Business Items Discussed:
The proposal to change the Fleet One Articles was discussed at length. One objection to the proposal was that it precludes non-Group 1 fractional owners from driving, as pointed out by one owner whose son is a Group 2 fractional owner. Another objection was lack of confidence in the US Sailing eligibility determinations. In an effort to remedy these problems, Chuck Eaton proposed an amendment to delete the words "…100% of a Yacht or (b) is a Group 1 Competitor (as defined by US Sailing Competitor Eligibility Appendix) with" in paragraph 3.3. The proposed amendment was defeated by a show of hands with 12 ayes and 14 nays. Discussion of the proposal itself resumed with the primary objection being that the current Articles are working fine and that changes are not needed. Chuck Eaton pointed out that, in fact, the current Articles have a couple problems, including the lack of requirement that owners be members of Fleet One to sail in Fleet One races. Nevertheless, a motion to approve the Articles proposal was defeated by a show of hands with 7 ayes and 20 nays.
After brief discussion of the proposed Fleet One Articles change, the proposal was tabled pending discussion of the Kevlar issue. Chuck Eaton introduced that proposal by describing the relative cost and durability of Kevlar and Dacron and suggested that Kevlar might be a better solution to the performance difference problem than the proposal to remove the two-year mainsail purchase restriction, and that even if Kevlar is approved there would have to be a considerable lead time so removal of the two-year purchase restriction for Dacron mainsails would be a good interim solution. Considerable discussion ensued. One owner expressed concern about whether there actually are performance differences between new and two-year old mainsails, stating that his Quantum sails are just fine after two years. Another owner expressed support for the proposal stating that there is no question that due to the stretchiness of Dacron, there are performance differences between new and two year old sails, that a Kevlar mainsail will retain its shape far better than Dacron and that despite higher initial cost, in the long run Kevlar would be more cost effective than Dacron. A question arose about the "7 oz" wording of the proposal and Chuck Eaton offered an amendment to remove the weight restriction until the appropriate wording could be determined after consulting with sailmakers. After some additional discussion, the amendment was defeated by hand count with 8 ayes and 18 nays. A motion to approve the Kevlar proposal then failed by hand count with 7 ayes and 20 nays. Discussion returned to the tabled proposal with several members questioning the change to calendar year instead of anniversary date and tying sails to yachts instead of owners. Chuck Eaton proposed an amendment which deleted both the calendar year feature and the tying of sails to yachts. After very little additional discussion, the amendment was defeated by hand count with 3 ayes and 23 nays. A motion to approve the proposal was then defeated by hand count with 4 ayes and 22 nays.
Jaren Leet adjourned the meeting at 2113 hours.
After adjournment, Jaren Leet reminded members about the dock party at the Spring One Design and the StFYC St. Patrick's Day party later that evening and urged all to attend. He also asked members interested in the Tinsley Island race/cruise in mid-August to indicate their interest by signing a sheet at the front table or e-mailing Jaren.
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