These bylaws were approved unanimously by a postal ballot in April-May 1999, and became effective June 1, 1999.
(Effective Jan 1, 1969)
(Revised Jan 1, 1989)
(Revised Apr 1, 1999)
The name of the association shall be the "Canadian 505 Class Association."
The objective of the association shall be to support the sport of 505
sailing in Canada and internationally. To achieve this, the association shall organize and promote the annual Canadian Championships
and Regional Championships in various parts of the country; keep members
informed of developments in design and techniques, and keep in touch with
other national sections and the International Headquarters. Canada is
divided into the Eastern and Western Regions, the dividing line being the
Ontario/Manitoba border. The association shall be carried on without
purpose of gain for its members, and any profits or gains to the
organization shall be used in promoting its objectives.
- There are four types of membership as follows:
- A full membership is available to owners and part owners of registered
boats, or people with a keen and active interest in the 505 class.
Privileges are to hold office, to vote and to sail in class championships
and any other races sponsored by the class association.
- An associate membership is available to part-owners or non-boat owners
who are interested in the class and such members may act as skipper or crew
in any class race but may not vote or hold office. However, there shall be
at least one full member (or family member) for each registered boat. This
class of membership is also open to boat owners who are full members of
other national class associations.
- A family membership is available to two or more active 505 sailors
living at the same address. Privileges are extended for two full members
(ie, to hold office and to vote) and for all other members in the household
to sail in class championships and any other races sponsored by the class
- An honourary membership may be bestowed upon an individual by the
members of the association at the AGM to any person who has actively
supported the 505 class.
- In order to compete in any regional or national championship, either
the skipper or the crew must be a member of the class association, or
another national association. For international championships, both skipper
and crew must be members of a national association.
- Any member wishing to resign from the association shall notify the
secretary of the national class association. The executive may at any time
cancel the membership of any member for cause, but any such cancellation
shall be subject to appeal to the International Committee.
- The association shall have the power to fix the annual dues payable by
all members. The proportion payable to the International Association shall
be paid in one annual sum by the National Association out of its revenues.
- Where three or more registered boats are active in a given area, not
already within the jurisdiction of an organized fleet, they may apply to
the National Association for recognition as a Fleet.
- The Fleet shall be responsible for promoting the 505 class in that
local area and shall be self-governing in local matters not conflicting
with National or International Rules. The Fleet shall elect a Fleet Captain
and other officers as required.
- Fleets shall be numbered in order of their formation and designated by
a geographical or yacht club description. Example: Fleet #1, Vancouver, B.C.
- Where a fleet consists of five or registered more boats, the fleet
shall be entitled to representation on the National Executive. In such
case, the fleet captain of the fleet shall notify the national class
president of their desire to participate in the work and decisions of the
5. NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
- The affairs of the Canadian Class Association are to be managed by a
National Executive consisting of:
- a President,
- a Vice- President,
- a Secretary,
- a Treasurer,
- any ex-officio member elected at the AGM,
- any Fleet Captains requesting representation.
A single person may fill the role of two of these positions, as required.
- Members of the executive shall be elected at the AGM and shall hold
office for one year, but may be re-elected without restriction. Every
effort shall be made to elect a president and vice-president from different
- For meetings of the executive, decisions shall require the agreement of
a majority of the entire executive, (i.e. not only those present).
6. GENERAL MEETINGS
- The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the class shall be held at the time
of the Canadian Championships. A Special General Meeting may be convened
- All votes shall be decided by a simple majority.
- Any changes having a major and on-going impact on the activities of the class shall be confirmed by a postal ballot (or other appropriate means, such as an e-mail ballot). In such cases, quorum shall be 50% of the eligible voters, and votes shall be decided by a simple majority.
- It is the intention to avoid modification of the International Rules as
far as possible. Any resolution proposing modification to such rules and
passed by a General Meeting shall be passed on to the International
Committee for discussion.
- The class shall elect a national measurer at the AGM. The national
measurer is responsible for providing input and representation to the
International Measurements Committee, for examining measurement reports,
and for recommending issuance of Measurement Certificates by the
International Class Association. The national measurer and executive may
together appoint class measurers.
- Measurement forms and templates are obtainable from the Secretary and
must be returned as soon as possible. The report will be considered by the
Measurement Committee and if satisfactory, a certificate will be issued.
8. GENERAL RULES
- The National Association shall pass application for measurement
certificates and sail numbers onto the International Office and collect
royalties and other fees and dues.
- Application to register new boats and apply for numbers must be made on
the Official Form which can be obtained from the Measurer.
Applications must be returned accompanied by a remittance in respect of
designer's royalty and other fees and dues.
Committees, as deemed necessary, may be appointed by the president and/or