After many years as a Class Association within the IRSA, the Marblehead (IMCA) class is now fully operational as an International Class Association.
The last part was the separation and agreement with the IRSA on an Associate Membership. This gives the new association the ability to now determine its own future including the development and promotion of international events like Regional and World Championships.
At the 2016 World Championships at Lake Garda, Italy, several interested groups worked on the founding and development of an International Class Association. This has taken some time to reach this point, but over the last few months great progress has been made with the help of key individuals to finish the development of the IMCA.
This involved the writing of an international standard Constitution to guide future executive committees and the development of a realistic schedule to turn a strong desire for an association into reality over the next 12 months.
The Schedule of Events
Dec 2019: Establishment of the Foundation Executive to oversee the next 12 months in preparation for the General Assembly and to assist the 2020 WC organisation in West Kirby.
Dec and Jan 2019/20: Invitation of prospective Member Nations
Jan 2020: Final discussion finishes on the future details of the organisation and it’s Constitution
1st Feb.2020: Vote on Constitution by the Foundation Executive and Members
Feb 2020: Establish the organization within Swiss law
Mar 2020: Publish the website and start a dedicated forum
Mar 2020: Agreement with IRSA for take over responsibility of the ICA
Nov 2020: First General assembly, including nominations and vote on Executive Officer positions
during the world championship in Gouda sailors voted for a group of sailors to develop a concept for an international class association. Unforunately most work stopped after arround 6 month. But there was the idea born to change IRSA to have class chairman for M and other classes