Now that we have a suitable set of class rules, an established World Council and a committed ICA Committee we feel that we should start to work towards organising some international event.
As these events need to be announced at least 1 year in advance the likely dates for any Global and Regional Championships will probably be sometime in 2024 (but we are happy to work on an earlier date if we believe it is achievable) but the first step it to invite all of the ICA nations to come forward with an “Expression of Interest” if they would like to host such an event.
We have today asked the World Council members to contact us if they would like to host such and event and, to support that, we ask you all to talk to your World Council member if you or your Club would like to organise and host one of these championship events.
We are pleased to announce that, following a unanimous vote in favor by the World Council, the 2022 RG65 Class Rules are now published and should be used in all RG65 events going forward.
Much work went into drafting these rules and one of the main focuses of the team who carried out the review was to ensure that fundamentals of the class remain unchanged.
We are confident that all RG65 stakeholders with find these new rules easy to understand and implement. Should you have any questions about the rules then please address those questions to your World Council Member.
You will find the new Rules and associated documents under the Class Rules heading
Today the RG65 ICA World Council held it’s AGM with the main agenda covering topics that needed the World Council to vote.
16 of the 18 World council members voted which is a great turnout and here are some notable points that were decided including the following:
2 methods of how to allocate the number of votes that each World Council Member may cast were proposed and it was decided that in all future votes each World Council member will have 1 vote, and those countries that were represented at a recent World/Global Championship would also have a 2nd vote.
The World council voted with a 100% majority to adopt the 2022 Class Rules. These rules will be published on the ICA website in the coming days at which time they will become the official class rules. Many people contributed a lot of time to drafting these rules and I would like to thank all contributors, but most of all Achille Chatin for the 100’s of hours and late nights he put into them.
The World Council also voted on the appointment of the ICA Committee and I am pleased to announce that your elected committee for the next 2 years is:
Wayne Stobbs (GBR) – Chair
Achille Chatin (FRA) – Technical Officer
Vangelis Simonidis (IRL) – Web and Publicity Officer
Andrew Cook (AUS) – Committee Member
The minutes and full voting details of the AGM will be published on the ICA website in due course.
The final agenda for the 2022 AGM of the RG65 ICA has been published together with details of the 20221 accounts and budget for 2022, motions to be voted on at the AGM and details of the candidates standing for election to the Executive Committee.
All RG65 ICA World Council Members are requested to attend the AGM at 8PM GMT on 26 March 2022. Details of how to join the meeting and how to vote will be distributed to the World Council in due course.
The ICA Committee has today announced the date of the next AGM of the RG65 ICA.
The meeting will be held online via video call at 8PM GMT on 26 March 2022.
The full timeline and draft agenda is published on the ICA website HERE
The Committee will welcome member motions for inclusion in the Agenda as well as nominations for the ICA committee. The committee elected at the AGM will replace the temporary committee currently in place.
Any RG65 owner may serve on the ICA committee and all member of the temporary committee have indicated their willingness to stand for election if nominated by a member of the World Council. The committee would additionally like to attract a nominee for the role of Secretary and Treasurer.
Any questions should be addressed to the committee on the email address .
The ICA committee have been working to update the current Class Rules and are now ready to publish the draft for review.
The aim of the re-draft is to bring the rules up to date, correct some previous issues and ambiguities and rewrite them in a modern format that most R/C sailors will already be familiar with.
We have sought to ensure that the draft rules do not unnecessarily change the RG65 class and should not mean that any boat developed under the previous rules will be impacted.
We would now like you to spend some time reviewing the proposed rules and giving us any comments and feedback that you might have. Where possible please can you send your feedback via your ICA representative, the details of which you can find on the National Reps page.
There are 3 documents that you should review:
The main Rules document.
This document includes many temporary drawings so please do not be worried if the drawings do not look good. Once we are ready to make a final release we will include good quality drawings. See the document here
This is the form that will be used to declare that your boat and rigs comply with the class rules and here you will notice a change. Whilst the class rules still support Self-Certification we will now also accommodate traditional measurement and certification as this is already required in some countries. See the document here
Sail Measurement Spreadsheet
This spreadsheet is to be used to calculate the sail area of your rigs using the measuring technique defined in the Rules. The main part of the spreadsheet is unchanged from the one previously in use. See the document here
A lot of work has already gone into these documents and we hope to have them adopted by the class in late March 2022 at an AGM of the RG65 ICA World Council Members.
We will accept comments through until 14 January where after we will finalize the draft and get them ready for the World Council AGM.
One final important note – until these are accepted by the world council they are only a draft for review and should not be used. The 2014 edition remain the official class rules for now.
We hope that you are well and you are getting some good sailing in.
A bit of maintenance news. We are currently moving our website to a new host, mainly to save us money. Hosting the site on wordpress.com is quite expensive and we can save around 75% of the cost by moving it to a new provider.
It is a fair amount of work to move things over and there is a chance that there will be some small issues when it is moved, but please rest assured that we will get those issues resolved as fast as we can.
The most dynamic part of the site is the Forums which some of you are using, and it is here that we may see some issues. Posts/topics made in the next few days will not appear on the new site but once things are moved we will try to replicate things again.
Thanks for bearing with us while we make this change.
Good day to you all, and thank you for bearing with me while I have been dealing with some personal topics. RG65 is never far from my mind but I have just not been able to put anything down in writing for a while.
I can confirm that Achille is making some great progress on a new draft of the RG65 Rules that will be opened up for review very soon. He has received some good feedback from his initial group of Tech advisors and he is now converting this input into a workable proposal.
What we did learn from this process is that everyone has many great ideas of how they would like the class to evolve but as you can imagine not everyone has exactly the same view. What remains very important to me is that the future direction of the class must not be determined by me, the ICA committee or the ICA Technical committee. The future evolution of the class must come from you via your World Council representatives.
So for now we are concentrating to keeping the concept of the rules as close to the current 2014 Rules as we can, but converting them into a format which is modern, easy to read and understand, clear so that misinterpretation is reduced, adaptable to local requirements and finally and most importantly, a solid platform to allow future amendments and adaption by the class through democratic process.
So please don’t expect anything too radical when they are published for comment, but please also do not simply reject them because they look different.
Something else that has been happening is that Vangelis and I have been encouraging the various Nations to sign up to our memorandums and we now have 17 countries signed up and forming our Founding World Council, and there are a few more which should soon join. This is a fantastic take up and we look forward to working with you all to take the class forward. You can see details of all this Here and if you click the map image above you can see how the call is distributed around the world.
It is good to see so many countries getting back to sailing after the last few years of disruption and I hope that all of you will be able to get some sailing this year. On the ICA website we have a page where you can advertise your National Championships . If you would like your event to be included then please get in contact with Vangelis using the online Form.
Talking about events, while 2021 will have it limitations, it would be good to see some regional, or international events taking place in the coming years. If you would like to explore the possibility of hosting such an event then please get it touch.
As always, if you have anything that you want to discuss or bring to my attention then please get in touch. I am always available and keen to engage with as many of you as I can.