CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
THE CLASSIC MOTH BOAT ASSOCIATION
The objectives of the Classic Moth Boat Association shall be:
- To promote and encourage Classic Moth Boat Racing.
- To form and enforce universal rules for the measurement and racing of Classic Moth Boats.
- To help in the exchange of ideas in the design and construction of Classic Moth Boats.
- To secure for ourselves and others the right to compete in the designing and racing of Classic Moth Boats and the right to govern ourselves.
The Classic Moth Boat Association shall derive its power from its members.
The Classic Moth Boat Associations shall have full power to form and enforce rules pertaining to Classic Moth Boats and no member shall have power to change them.
The power to make and amend rules shall be vested in the members.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-‐LAWS OF THE CLASSIC MOTH BOAT ASSOCIATION
Section 1. Active members of the Association shall be those who have current dues paid.
Section 2. Members may be suspended by the Executive Committee, but may be expelled only at a meeting of the Association by two-‐thirds of the vote cast.
Section 3. Dues, as fixed by these by-‐laws, must be paid and received by the Association before a member can be in good standing.
ARTICLE II Meetings
Section 1. The Annual Meeting of the Association shall be held at the time and place designated by the Executive Committee in each year.
Section 2. Special Meetings of the Association may be called by the President or upon request of twenty-‐five per cent of the members. No business shall be transacted at a special meeting except such business as is stated in the notice of the meeting.
Section 3. Written notice of the Annual Meeting and of special meetings shall be mailed by the Secretary to each member not less than thirty or more than forty-‐five days prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 4. All meetings of members present or represented by proxy shall constitute a quorum. .
Section 5. Any member of the Association shall have the right at any meeting, when recognized by the chair, to address the meeting.
ARTICLE III Officers
Section 1. The executive officers shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary/Treasurer, and a Chief Measurer.
Section 2. All officers shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Association by a plurality of the votes cast and shall serve for one year commencing in January, or until their successors are-‐duly elected or appointed and qualify. All officers must be active members in good standing. Retiring officers shall turn over all books and papers pertaining to their office to their respective successors or to the Secretary/ Treasurer.
Section 3. President -‐ The President shall be the Chairman of all committees and meetings. He shall have the power to appoint all committees, except as otherwise provided in these by-‐ laws or rules. He shall take personal charge of publicity for the promotion of the national Regattas and general welfare of the Association. He shall make a full report of all activities pertaining to his office, to the Annual Meeting.
Section 4. Vice President -‐ The Vice President shall assist the President and act in his absence. If the Office of the President shall become vacant, the Vice President shall take the Office as President.
Section 5. Secretary/Treasurer -‐ The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep a true record of all boats and members of the Association. He shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Association. He shall keep the original deed of gift of all trophies. The Secretary shall receive and answer all communications as directed by the Executive Committee. He shall receive all money due the Association and pay out all money owed by the Association as directed by the Executive Committee.
Section 6. The Chief Measurer shall oversee the measurements of all boats and issue certificates of approval.
DUES AND CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
Section 1. Each active member shall pay annual dues of $25.00. Registering of boats is $15.00 at which time a sail number will be issued.
Section 1. The fiscal year of the Association shall be the Calendar year.
ARTICLE VI AMENDMENTS
Section 1. These by-‐laws may be amended at any meeting of the Association by two-‐thirds of the votes cast at such meetings, and provided a quorum is present, and provided that notice of such amendment is sent to each member at least thirty days prior to the date of the meeting.
Section 2. Any amendment proposed by a member shall be in the hands of the Secretary/Treasurer of the Association at least thirty days prior to the date when the notice of the meeting of the Association to consider amendment is to be mailed, and notice of such amendment shall be given to each member by the Secretary/Treasurer.
CLASSIC MOTH BOAT MEASUREMENTS
Section 1. The measurement of all Classic Moth Boats shall be as described in the Enclosure of Specifications.
NATIONAL REGATTA STANDARDS
The Association shall sponsor annually a National Regatta for the selection of National Champion for the Moth Class.
ARTICLE IX RACING DIVISIONS
Section 1. The Classic Moth Boat Association (CMBA) has divided the fleet into three divisions for the class Nationals and Midwinters. In general Mothboat designs with low wetted surface (and to a lesser extent, narrow waterline beam) are significantly faster and race in a separate Gen II division. Slower designs race in the Gen I division. Vintage Mothboats, those which meet the Vintage measurement rules in the Enclosure of Specifications, race in the Vintage division.
Section 2. Classification of hull designs to Gen I and Gen II divisions will be determined by a Classification Committee. The Classification Committee is tasked to classify all new Mothboat designs as Gen I or Gen II; and to review and if needed, reclassify designs that have been extensively modified. The Classification Committee will consist of three class members: two class members in good standing, who will stand for election at the class annual general meeting (AGM), and the Chief Measurer. Classification Committee decisions will be majority vote (2/3). A quorum for the Classification Committee is two. If a member of the Classification Committee has a Moth boat under review by the Classification Committee, that member will recuse himself/herself from voting on the classification.
Section 3. The following Mothboat hull designs are considered Gen II: Duflos, Mistral, Stockholm Sprite, Skol, Swiss Moth, Tweezer. All other Mothboat hull designs not listed in Gen II specifications, or qualified to race under the Vintage Divison are Gen I. All new Mothboat designs or radically modified Mothboat hull designs are considered Gen II until classified by the Classification Committee. A builder or designer may apply to the Classification Committee for pre-‐approval of a Gen I classification. A temporary Classification can be issued at the beginning of a regatta, before formal review by the Classification Committee, with the approval of all competitors. Any class member of good standing can request a reclassification as an order of New Business at the class AGM. Approval by the majority of class members at the AGM will override any Classification Committee ruling.
Section 4. Local Regatta Organizers may use the Classification Divisions at their discretion and may modify them with approval of the competitors.