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Proposed Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships to be voted on at the Governing Board Meeting, March 15, 2012 – St Petersburg Yacht Club, 9:00 am, Quarterdeck Room
Proposed Amendment #2
ARTICLES GOVERNING ALL LIGHTNING CLASS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
ARTICLE IV — TIME AND PLACE
Tthe World Championship shall be held in a different major geographical Area each time until each Area has either held the Championship or has declined to do so. Thereafter, the Championship shall be held in an Area which has not held it for the greatest length of time. IN DECIDING BETWEEN COUNTRIES WITHIN AN AREA, THE COUNTRY THAT HAS NOT HELD IT FOR THE GREATEST LENGTH OF TIME (OR NEVER HELD IT) MAY HAVE PRIORITY.
- Major geographical Areas shall be North America, South America,
and Europe AND A COMBINED AREA OF ASIA, AFRICA AND OCEANIA. THE CONTINENT DEFINITIONS WILL BE CONSISTENT WITH ISAF EXCEPT THAT FOR THE ILCA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEXICO WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NORTH AMERICAN AREA. The Governing Board shall review these groupings at least each two years immediately following the World Championship and take such steps to revise this article as may be indicated by an increase or decrease in Lightning Class activity in all the areas of the World.
ARTICLE V — ENTRIES
- Qualifying races shall be conducted in accordance with these articles. From any area, the competitor having the best score among those eligible, willing, and able to represent the area, shall be named their entrant. Those having the next best scores, in sequence, shall likewise be named up to the number to which the area is entitled.
An area shall always be entitled to at least one entry.
Qualifying races must be free from discrimination and be open to every active member of the area. Scoring in such races shall be computed exclusively on the basis of eligible entries belonging to the particular area holding the series. No arbitrary selection can be made except in the case where the number of qualified, willing, and able skippers is less than the number of entries to which the area is entitled.
1.1 Each major geographical area shall be entitled to seventeen (17) boats, except North America twenty-TWO (
20 22), ASIA, AFRICA, and OCEANIA (6) and selected in accordance with Paragraph 2 of this article. EACH COUNTRY WITH ORGANIZED LIGHTNING ACTIVITY (AT LEAST ONE ACTIVE FLEET) SHALL BE ENTITLED TO AT LEAST TWO ENTRIES.
- INITIAL SELECTION
Within each Area (North America, South America,
& Europe, & AAO), qualifiers shall be determined as follows:
2.1 Within each Area (North America, South America,
& Europe, & AAO), qualifiers shall be determined as follows: BY EITHER 2.2 OR 2.3 BELOW:
2.2 Whenever practical entries to World Championships should be decided by an Area Championship conducted in accordance with articles Governing All Area Lightning Class Championships. The competitor having the best score among those eligible, willing, and able to represent the Area, shall be named their entrant. Those having the next best scores, in sequence, shall likewise be named up to the number to which the Area is entitled. Should the quota to which an Area is entitled not be filled in this manner, additional entries may be named in accordance with Paragraph 2.3 of this Article.
2.3 When any Country within an area decides an Area Championship is impractical or the quota to which the Area is entitled is not filled in accordance with Paragraph 2.2 of this Article, each Country within that Area with organized Lightning activity (at least one Active Lightning Fleet) will be allocated entrants in proportion to the average number of Active and Life Members as of December 31st of each of the two years preceding the World Championship.
Each such Country shall be entitled to at least two entries.
If you have any questions on this proposed amendment please contact any member of the Executive Committee or the Class Secretary:
Rob Ruhlman - President
Bill Clausen - Chief Measurer
John Faus - Secretary
Victor Lobos - Treasurer
Debbie Probst - 5th Member at Large
Laura Jeffers - Executive Secretary (727) 942-7969