Special members of the class present were introduced:
1. Minutes: The Chairman requested the minutes of the previous meeting at Plymouth, England, 1970, to be read by Acting Secretary. They were read and approved with correction noted that R. Dutton was present at that meeting.
2. President's Report: Derk Vyn again emphasized the importance of communication within the Class. To this end he outlined a preliminary form for a new International Bulletin:
Again each National Section was requested to actively pursue their National representatives to the IYRU Selection Committee for support the 505 to be chosen as the Olympic two man centerboard boat. It was pointed out that this is our most effective method of gaining selection. This goal was approved by majority vote of the Class.
Personal thanks were extended to Jean Cettier for his devoted efforts for the Class during the past year.
Appreciation and personal thanks were extended to Derek Farrant for his able work with the Rules and Class Constitution Committees during the past year.
3. Secretary's Report: Monique Baudry presented a personal letter to the meeting from Jean Cettier. The Chairman amplified this report:
New boats registrered in 1970 ... 285 (Compared with 316 in 1969)
(220 registered from 1 Jan. 1971)
Breakdown by section as follows:
SOUTH AFRICA ..........4
HONG KONG .............2
Total registrations for 1970 are 726 boats (annual dues payers).
Total class income from annual dues and new registrations ..........$3,397.00
Total class expenditures, (see audit report for breackdown.............$2610.00
(This surplus compares with 1969 of $2,620.00)
4. Treasurer's Report: Combined with Auditor's Report.
Maurice Dobeyn, International Auditor was introduced by the Chairman and requested to read the Treasurer's Report and follow this by his Auditor's Report (See attached copies).
After the report a request was made from the floor that the contents of each report be made available to each 505 member.
This request was answered from the chair by explaining that the International Secretary had sent copies to each National Section for their distribution and will continue to do so.
The Chairman raised the question of the master set of templates indicated on the Treasurer's Report as an asset. A general discussion followed concerning these templates and their accounting procedures in the balance sheet submitted. The use and distribution of the template was also discussed.
To defray the cost of production each National Section requesting a master set should be expected to pay a fee.
President Vyn appointed Derek Farrant an official committee of one to investigate the condition of the templates and submit his findings to all National Section Presidents in a summary report. It was further emphasized that each set of templates to be produced from the master set be stamped and registered by the International Office before being issued to National Sections. It was recommended that these registered, templates then be kept by the National Section's as their master set as standard only and copies made from them for actual measurement purposes.
5. Old Business
In connection with the rules discussion, Larry Niswander, USA, demonstrated his electronic starting timer and asked for an opinion by the class on possible rule violation of "electronic devices". This particular timer was judged to be not in violation of the class rules.
Derek reviewed correspondence end discussion held previously with President Vyn concerning the Constitution. His committee will submit the final draft for postal ballot.
The American Section and President Vyn's comments concerning some points were noted.
B . Olympic Selection Discussion was opened again on this item. It was reiterated that each National Section is instructed to support the Class position for Olympic selection of the Class to their National Representatives to the IYRU. American Section President, Dennis Surtees, outlined efforts made with letters to officials of the NAYRU and IYRU from the 505 American Section Officers.
President Vyn, officially and personally thanked Derek Farrant for all his time and work for the Class with the rules, constitution and now the templates. the members present supported this by a round of applause.
6. New Business
2. Hong Kong 1973: The Chairman outlined correspondence with the Hong Kong Section. The site, the South China Sea directly south of Hong Kong Island and entirely within the Colony's territorial waters. The time, during the month of November, exact dates to be determined. This was voted on and approved. This choice of time provides the best sailing conditions and does not deprive competitors of a large portion of their own racing season.
3. 1972: Again the bid was presented for the 1974 World's from Reinert Anderson of Sweden. They propose to hold the event on the Island of Marstrand, near Gothenberg. There have been many major regattas held at this site and competent, qualified people will be in charge for our event. Similar winds to Santa Cruz but without the high seas. The Chairman requested the Swedish section to submit their formal proposal prior to the AGM in Finland 1972 for final approval to come from that assembly.
4. 1975:, A preliminary proposal was presented by Mr. Stanley Floyd of Bermuda for the World's to be held there in August 1975. Heavier winds could be expected later in the year and the exact dates will be determined later. Free accomodations and transportation from New York will probably be possible. The Bermuda Section was also instructed to submit their formal proposal to the AGM in Finland 1972. M. Loday requested that the Class set up standard rules for conducting World's Championships and specifications for conditions to be followed. A discussion followed and it was noted that these rules do exist but they should be updated. This was approved and will be included into the present Rules Committee work under the direction of Derek Farrant.
Discussion was opened concerning the European Championships but was shelved by the Chair because of the few Europeans in attendance might make any decision in conflict. The Central Office in Paris will coordinate this event with the European Sections.
Dennis Surtees, on behalf of the American Section placed into nomination for President, Cmdr Percy Chandler, currently Secretary of the British Section. The nomination was graciously accepted.
The Canadian Representatives at the meeting stated: "A letter from our Section was sent to the Central Office in Paris nominating Marcel Buffet for President".
Marcel Buffet acknowledged and appreciated the honour but respectfully declined. His name was not placed in nomination. A postal ballot will be formed and distributed by the Central Office.
By unanimous acclimation the present International' Secretary and Treasurer and Auditor were approved for the coming year.
With thanks to the Santa Cruz Yacht Club and the Host American Section, President Vyn adjourned the meeting at 11.30 Am