The International Annua1 General Meeting was opened on 30th August 1968 at 21.00 in the salon of the hotel Puls Kiel Strande.

The International President of the 505 Class, Mr F. Garner, took the chair at the meeting assisted by the International General Secretary, Mr. Cettier, and the Assistant International Secretary, Melle M.Baudry.

Apologies: Mr G. Moizan, International Treasurer


The minutes of the previous meeting, held at a Baule in August 1967, were approved.

The following dates for future World Championships were confirmed:

Argentina12th to 18th January 1969
Great Britain1970
U.S.A. (W.Coast)1971
South Africal973

Ireland put forward an application to hold the World Championships in 1973.

A. Laguix gave information about the YC Olivos, course, etc. He said that one team per nation would be accommodated free at the Club. The YC Olivos would also bear embarkation and re-embarkation costs of boats as yell as transport from port to club and return.


Ireland17th to 23rd August 1969
DenmarkJuly and August 1971

The Secretarygeneral gave information on the expansion of the Class throughout the world and said that the last number issued (end of July) was 3240. The number of boats increased in the past year by 350 and the principal Countries showing progress were USA, Great Britain, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, etc.

Two new National Associatione were formed in Finland and Japan.

A long discussion took place on the candidature of the 505 for the next Olympic Games. Several members spoke and were united in the opinion that the 505 should only be chosen by the IYRU on its merits: expansion, price and qualities as a real dinghy.

In the event of the 505 not being represented at the Olympic Games this would not impede the development of the class and it would continue to prosper, although less rapidly, but in a more stable manner. In fact Olympic recognition is not a matter of life or death as for other classes.

The expansion in number of 505s throughout the world has meant a corresponding substantial increase in paper and organisational work. The General Secretariat therefore asked the International AGM for authorisation to set up a Secretariat with a paid secretary and to agree the consequent expenditure.

The office would require an income but would enable work to be carried out which it too time-consuming to be done on a voluntary basis. The subject was discussed and it was mentioned that the Class could be administered by the IYRU, but this was rejected by the meeting and agreement was given to the Secretary-General's proposal.

In the absence of the International Treasurer the Secretary read the financial report, an extract from which is given

Income - Contributions received at $2 per boat

Germany 341.75
Argentina 470.41
Bermuda 165.66
Canada 277.33
Denmark 511.46
France 4,970.00
Great Britian1,126.67
Morocco 40.00
Rhodesia 106.40
Sweden 619.10
U. S .A 830.09
Various 67.23
Frs. 9,526.l0

Bank charges were increased to Frs.7.87

The international account had a debit of Frs. 666.17 to the French Section and of Frs. 405.62 to J. Westell.

Office expenses, postage, etc are borne by the French Section and are not shown in the international accounts.

The financial report was approved by the meeting.

It was decided that the accounts should be endorsed by an accountant and our friend M. Dobeyn (South Africa) was nominated to carry this out.

After a fairly lively discussion it was decided that sail numbers would only be issued by the international office after the payment of a sum of $16, made up as follows

$9 Designer's royalties (3.30 - rate before devaluation)
$5 Registration fee for International Office
$2 Annual subscription

National Associations are required to pay annually to the international office Us $2 per boat registered by their association.

At the International AGM held at La Baule the rules sub-committee of the British Association was instructed to study a new edition of the rules.

D. Farrant explained the principles to which the committee had worked. He asked that the proposed text should not be subuitted for the immediate approval of the International AGM but studied by a rules committee from another Country.

The English sub-committee had found more discrepancies than had been realised.

D. Farrant requested that the rules committee should meet frequently in order to determine what had not been done over several years. He also recommended that all official documents be published by the single central office.

On the proposition of D. Farrant a new rules committee; composed of the French and British sub-committees, would replace the former committee presided over by J. Westell.

This proposal was unanimously approved.

This Committee would be authorised to modify and clarify the measurement rules and in general to make any provisions concerning the rules.

It would be obliged to inform National Associations and its decisions would be submitted either to the next International AGM or to a postal vote (cf International Rules). However, each National Association would be able to submit to this committee any proposals for modifications.

P.L. Chandler (UK) proposed that the Technical Committee as at present constituted under the Chairmanship of John Westell should be disbanded. G. Rogers (UK) seconded the proposal and it was carried by the meeting.

The President, Fred Garner, proposed that the International Presidency should be held for a term of two or three years with a change of nationality and that there should be a Vice-President or President-Elect. Messrs P. Chandler (UK) and J. Cettier (F) explained the policy followed by their own Associations regarding the rotation of Presidency. Following the suggestion that the position of President should change at regular intervals, Jean Cettier said that thought should be given to a similar arrangement for the position of International Secretary, although he realised the importance of continuity of work in any arrangement that might be made. The meeting adopted the proposal for the change of International President every three years, with a President-elect one year before replacement. It was recommended that National Associations should apply this system.

The following were re-elected

International President F. Garner
Asst. International Secretary M.Baudry
International Secretary J. Cettier
International Treasurer C. Moizan

The President warmly thanked members of the German Association for all their work in organising this most successful World Championship meeting.He also thanked Miss M. Baudry and her secretaries for all their work on behalf of the Class throughout the year.INTERNATIONAL AGM 1969It was decided that the International AGM for 1969 should be held in Ireland during the European Championships.An informal meeting would be held during the World Championships at Olivos.The meeting closed at 23.45.