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These Articles were approved at the March 11, 2000 winter meeting. They are adapted from the Fleet #1 Articles except that the articles having to do with rules have been removed. In their place is a reference to the National Rules, with the exceptions for Fleet #14 noted.


Article I. Association Name
The name of the association is the J/105 Class Association, Fleet Fourteen, Southern New England ("Fleet").
Article II. Articles; Purpose of the Association
The Association is intended to promote racing and social activities among the J/105 owners and crews of Southern New England.
Article III. Eligibility For Membership
3.1 A voting member for the J/105 Class Association, Fleet Fourteen, shall be a legal owner of a J/105 who complies with the class rules and whose annual dues have been paid ("Active Member"). A proposal for the annual dues shall be prepared by the Fleet Captain and Treasurer based on the projected Fleet expenses for the ensuing year and adopted based on a majority vote of the Fleet members.
3.2 A non-voting member is a family member, crew or other individual supporting the class with $25 annual dues ("Associate Member").
3.3 In the case of two or more legal owners, the annual dues for the first owner shall be as provided in Article 3.1, and for each subsequent owner the annual dues shall be $25.
Article IV. Officers of the Association
4.1 The officers of the association shall be:

  • Fleet Captain
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Measurer
4.2 Each officer shall be elected for a term of approximately one year at the Annual Meeting and shall immediately take and hold office until a successor is elected or appointed as provided in Article 4.7. The Fleet Captain shall be an Active Member in good standing. The other officers may be either Active Members or Associate Members in good standing.
4.3 The Fleet Captain is the chief executive officer of the Association and presides at meetings, rules on procedures, appoints special committees, and represents the Fleet at J/105 related meetings and activities.
4.4 The Secretary is responsible for the sending of notices of annual and special meetings, for preparing minutes of each meeting and distributing copies to Fleet members, and for maintaining the minute book.
4.5 The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining a bank account and the financial records of the Association, and for ensuring that all Fleet members' dues payments are current, and for maintaining a current and accurate roster of Active and Associate members with their mailing addresses, phone numbers, and other relevant data.
4.6 The Measurer determines whether the yacht of each owner conforms with the J/105 Class Association Rules and makes such certification to that effect as may be required. With the prior approval of the Fleet Captain, the Measurer may engage a professional on a fee basis to perform the required measurements or may accept the measurements of a US Sailing Association approved measurer. The Measurer shall maintain a log for recording the date of purchase and measurement of each sail. A Measurer shall not measure his own boat or sails without confirmation by another party.
4.7 An officer may delegate his duties and/or responsibilities as prescribed in Articles 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, and 4.6 in whole or in part to another officer or Executive Committee member on an interim basis.
4.8 In the event a vacancy occurs in the Fleet Captain position, the Executive Committee shall appoint a new Fleet Captain for the unexpired term. In the event of a vacancy in any other position, the Fleet Captain shall appoint a replacement to the vacated office for the remaining unexpired term.
Article V. Executive Committee
5.1 An Executive Committee consisting of all the officers (Fleet Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, and Measurer) and the immediate past Fleet Captain (or Co-Captains) and such additional elected Active Members such that Active Members shall constitute a majority of the Executive Committee, shall assist the Fleet Captain in interpreting the letter, spirit and intent of these Articles and shall meet at the call of the Fleet Captain or any member of the Executive Committee.
5.2 The Executive Committee shall also serve as a Nominating Committee, and in such capacity shall nominate the Fleet officers for election at the Annual Meeting. No member of the Nominating Committee shall take part in any vote in which he or she is being considered for office. In addition to the nominees selected by the Nominating Committee, other persons may be nominated as prescribed in Article VI.
Article VI. Meetings
The Fleet shall meet at least once annually with such meeting to be held at a convenient time following the conclusion of the last race counting for the Fleet season championship ("Annual Meeting"). The Fleet Officers for the ensuing year, and any additional Active Members needed to serve on the Executive Committee as prescribed in Article 5.1, shall be elected at the Annual Meeting. Any person wishing to serve or nominate another member to serve as an officer of the Fleet may make such nomination by advising the Secretary prior to the mailing of Notice of Annual Meeting or by notifying the Secretary at any time prior to the election vote in the event such Notice has already been mailed. Notice of any meeting shall be given at least 15 days prior to the date of the meeting, which shall set forth the agenda of matters to be considered at the meeting and provide proxy forms for Active Members unable to attend the meeting. The Notice shall also provide the names of Fleet members placed in nomination for election as officers.

A special meeting may be called by either the Fleet Captain or by 40% or more of Active Members, upon at least 15 days prior written notice.

Article VII. Quorum
Fifty percent of the Active Members, represented in person or by written proxy, shall constitute a quorum for conducting the Fleet's business. In the case of joint ownership, only one Active Member, in the case of two or more, shall count in determining a Quorum.
Article VIII. Voting
Each Active Member in good standing is entitled to one vote, which may be cast in person or by written proxy. In the case of joint ownership, only one vote is permitted per boat. The vote of the majority of Active Members present or represented by proxy at a meeting shall prevail.
Article IX. Sailing Rules
9.1 Except where variations are specifically permitted by these rules, J/105s shall conform to the current national J/105 Class Assocation Rules.
9.2

Equipment Rule 5.1 is modified as follows:

Deleted 3/10/01

9.3

The following rules apply to helmsman and crew:

Deleted 3/10/01

Article X. Amendment of Articles of Association
An Active Member may propose an amendment to these Articles by submitting a written draft to the Fleet Captain. The Secretary shall notify each Fleet member by mailing a copy to each Fleet member not less than ten days prior to the Meeting at which the proposed amendment will be considered. Amendments may only be considered at the Annual Meeting or at a special meeting. To be adopted, a proposed amendment must receive the affirmative vote of a majority of the quorum present or represented by proxy at the meeting.
Article XI. Enforcement of Articles
The Executive Committee shall determine if there has been any violation of these Articles in a J/105 regatta and the appropriate penalty to be imposed upon the offending boat. The vote of a majority of the committee present at the meeting and entitled to vote shall prevail. No member of the Executive Committee shall participate in any proceeding in which his boat or the boat on which he crews is being protested. Meetings of the Executive Committee may be conducted by telephone conference.
Notwithstanding the above, enforcement of these Articles in respect of a specific one-design race or regatta may be sought by filing a protest with the protest committee for such race or regatta.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF: These Articles of Association will become effective as of the 11th day of March, 2000.
Fleet Captain: Don Priestly
Fleet Secretary: Nelson Weiderman
 
 
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