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Friday, 30 December 2016 19:29

Club Mykanos Kite Windsurf Cup

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:57

Mark John Grinnell

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Mark John Grinnell

 

 

 

New World production speed record and i recommend All African speed record

 

2015 Windsurfing

 

 

"Those who take part in windsurfing world attempts have to be more than a little crazy, almost fearless and driven by some impulse that most people will simply never understand."

 

 

~ Mark Grinnell ~

 

Mark Grinnell again entered the Lüderitz speed challenge that takes place in Namibia in a man-made canal. The Lüderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge is the most extreme windsurfing event on the planet. A manmade canal with hurricane plus winds that the average person would take cover from yet alone sail down. It’s dangerous and unbelievably fast and on the extreme limits of control if there is such a thing.

 

He has been knocked out at least four times while windsurfing in his speed sailing career. In 2013, in the first week of the event he broke three ribs. He was patched up and ‘tied together’ with duct tape and in the second week (bolstered by anti-inflammatory pills) he managed to achieve his top speed, which secured for him the seventh place in international ranking and the top place in South Africa and http://seterbygda.no/cialis100mg Africa.

 

 

"This year, on the 2nd of November the World no 1 Antoine Albeau of France did a 53.27knots after 33 runs down the canal and sailing with custom equipment. World no 2 Patrik Diethelm of Switzerland achieved 52.33knots after many runs too. On the 14th November I managed an average of 51.83knots over the 500m run with a top speed of 53.51 which equates to 99.61kph. The wind was blowing over 109kph so the desert sand stings your hands and feet and makes it difficult to walk. Stones fly and it really is like being assaulted by the elements of nature.

 

 

 

According to the Beaufort wind scale, a violent storm consists pf 88.5kph winds and a hurricane 102.99kph, so my record run was achieved in insane hurricane plus winds whilst standing on a windsurf speed board and holding onto a sail for dear life. I was the only sailor in the water as the conditions were not only insanely windy but also choppy on the canal so danger of getting hurt and discount avodart wow)) having an accident. I started my run crossed the start line and just continued to accelerate while trying to hold on and keep the board in the water. As I crossed the finish line and tried to stop, I realised that the water was just too choppy and impossible, so I let go of my equipment and rolled over and over in 30cm deep water at nearly 90kph. It was like being in a car accident while carrying an extra 10kg of lead on my back in a weight jacket. This is how I got the name Cannonball.

 

In short you get your speed board ( big water-ski ) going, hold on for dear life, "turn the corner" and accelerate from 20 knots to 50 knots in just over 50 meters! It’s like having a rocket up your ass and then navigate your way down the 500m long canal while getting pulled around by the wind, blasted by sand and cipro xr small stones and when it’s all over you need to stop within 50 meters which is in itself near impossible. Far less control than being in a race car as the elements are in control and with the use of your weight jacket you hold on and hope to keep it all together.

 

At the end of the day I am 1.44knots off the world record and only 0.5knots off second place and all that with standard production equipment. Not bad as a recreational sailor compared to world professionals whose living is derived from the sport of windsurfing. Now I’m the third fastest in the world of all time.

 

The fastest production speed sailor in the world ever. No 1. !!"

 

 

Lüderitz Canal 2015

 

 

(The starting line on the left followed by a 500m run and then the stop over 50m on the right)

 

 

 

Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:35

Grinnell / Thule Kite Windsurf Cup Registration

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Grinnell / Thule Kite Windsurf Cup will be proceeding as planned with registration at Friday Island Sunday 25 Jan at 10 am. All competitors to attend.

The Kite Windsurf Cup Facebook page will be the official  communication page for the competition. All updates , results and general info will be available on:

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The Langebaan Downwind Dash Postponed.
Langebaan-Saldanha Downwind Dash Postponed 1 Week! Due to poor wind conditions this coming weekend, the 2015 Langebaan-Saldanha Downwind Dash will be postponed to Saturday 31 January.

Saturday, 08 November 2014 07:31

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Kite - Windsurf Cup

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MAC (Milnerton Aquatic Club)

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:50

WSA Championship Rules

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Part A.       organization

Section A.1          General

(I)   Objective

1)        The object of the WSA Tour Championship Rules is to establish a framework for competition windsurfing.
2)        That framework shall include, but not limited to, the regulation of the disciplines competed in, the structure of racing/competition, the equipment rules and regulations, the minimum requirements for running an event, safety at events, and, rider points and advair cheapest ranking administration.

(II)  LANGUAGE

1)        The official language of the class is English and in case of dispute over translation the English text shall prevail.
2)        The word shall is mandatory and the word may is permissive.
3)        The Tour refers to the WSA National Tour.
4)        The Rules refers to the WSA National Tour Championship Rules described in this document.
5)        The Rules are open; where it does not specifically say that you shall not then you may.

(III) ABBREVIATIONS

WSA

Windsurfing South Africa

ISAF

International Sailing Federation

SAS

South African Sailing

SASProCC

SAS Provincial Colours Criteria

RRS

Racing Rules of Sailing

NOR

Notice of Race

SI

Sailing Instructions

(IV) Governing AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1)        The WSA National Tour, the classes/disciplines or riders that compete on the Tour, shall be governed by the Rules outlined in this document.
2)        Where relevant, WSA may co-operate with SAS and their affiliates in matters concerning these Rules.

(V)  Responsibility of Governing Authorities

1)        WSA, SAS, its affiliates or representatives accept no liability or legal responsibility in respect of these Rules.

(VI) Responsibility of Competitors

1)        It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to decide whether or not to start or to continue to race and to provide for his/her safety.

(VII)           Safety

1)        Dangerous sailing will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
2)        When in a position to do so, a rider must make every effort to assist a fellow rider in danger.

(VIII)          WSA and SAS

1)        SA national and provincial champions, the associated SA national rankings, and, SAS Colours, shall be determined from WSA Tour events only.
2)        SAS Colours shall only be awarded to riders who are SAS members and have met the SASProCC.

(IX) wsa tour events shall be run according to the following criteria

1)        Each region is entitled to host one round of the Tour.
2)        The host region may select a venue outside of their region.
3)        Each round may include any combination of the recognised disciplines.
4)        It is the responsibility of each region’s representative to nominate, motivate and organise a round of the Tour in a manner that produces the best conditions for competition and cheapest 50mg generic viagra growth in the sport.

(X)  Tour calendar period

1)        The Tour calendar period will run from 1 May – 30 April.

Section A.2          Administration

(I)   ADMINISTRATION OF THE rules, regions and disciplines

1)        It is the responsibility of each region to elect a representative to co-administer the rules by which the Tour is governed by.

(II)  Establishing a region

1)        Any region or sub-region may form a new region in which a round of the Tour may be hosted.
2)        The new region’s representative shall propose and motivate for the additional region, to the existing regional representatives.
3)        The regional representatives shall vote on the establishment of the new region on the bases that it will be in the best interests of the sport.

(III) voting and amendments to the rules

1)        All amendments to the rules shall be made by a unanimous vote by the regional representatives on behalf of the riders of that region.
2)        Voting may be conducted by any means, on any medium, provided sufficient and transparent record keeping of the process is made.

Section A.3          regional classification

(I)   the country will be divided into four regions with the following designations

1)        Inland Provinces (GP)
2)        Kwa-Zulu/Natal (KZN)
3)        Eastern Cape (EC)
4)        Western Cape (WC)

Section A.4          Disciplines

(I)   the following discplines ARE recognised on the Tour

1)        WAVE
2)        SPEED
3)        SLALOM
4)        SUPERCROSS
5)        FORMULA
6)        FREESTYLE

Section A.5          Divisions

The following divisions shall be recognised on the Tour.

(I)   Leagues

1)        Pro-League (Master)
2)        Open-league (Blaster)

(II)  Gender

1)        Men
2)        Women

(III) age

1)        Youth: under 19 years on 31 December in the current season
2)        Senior: 19 – 44 years
3)        Masters: 45+ years on 1 January in the current season

Part B.       Eligibility

For a rider or equipment to be eligible for competition on the Tour, it shall comply with the rules in Part B.

(I)   Rider eligibility

1)        Any rider is eligible to compete in the Open-League on the Tour.
2)        A rider wishing to compete in the Pro-League shall be a member of WSA before the start of his/her first Tour event.

(II)  equipment MANUFACTURERS

1)        Any equipment is eligible to be used on the Tour provided it meets the requirements and limitations of Part D.

(III) SAIL numbers

1)        All riders wishing to compete in either League of the Tour shall register a sail number with WSA.

Part C.       Conduct of events

Section C.1          general

(I)   Event duration

1)        Events shall run for a minimum of two competition days.
2)        Events shall not exceed nine competition days.

(II)  suitable conditions

1)        The decision on the suitability of the conditions shall be made by the Race Director.

(III) Disciplines

1)        Any of the recognised Tour disciplines may be run at an event.
2)        The SPEED discipline shall primarily be run independently from the Tour events in the form of the WSA GPS Speed League.

Section C.2          Notice of race

(I)   Purpose of the NOR

1)        The NOR is a notice to riders about an upcoming event that will form part of the WSA National Tour.
2)        The NOR shall be published no less than 60 days prior to the first day of the event.

(II)  the nOR shall contain the following information

1)        Title, location, schedule and dates of competition
2)        That the event is sanctioned by WSA and governed by the WSA National Tour Championship Rules
3)        Any changes or additions to the rules that may apply during the event
4)        Average anticipated weather conditions at the venue
5)        Tourist, travel and canadian pharmacy accommodation info
6)        Scheduled disciplines
7)        Conditions of entry
8)        Fees payable
9)        Place, time and conditions of registration
10)    Location of the Official Notice Board
11)    Any special circumstances in which the SI, or changes to the SI, will be published/issued

Section C.3          Sailing instructions

(I)   Purpose of the SI

1)        The SI shall define all information relevant to the conduct of the event described in the accompanying NOR.
2)        The SI may supplement the rules that govern the event.
3)        Alteration of a rule may be made by specific reference to it.
4)        The SI shall be posted on the Official Notice Board at the event.

(II)  Contents of the SI

1)        That the event shall be governed by the WSA National Tour Championship Rules, the NOR and the SI
2)        The schedule of races/elimination heats
3)        The maximum number of races/elimination heats
4)        A description of the start/finish system
5)        A description of the start/finish line
6)        A description of the competition area and any hazards that may be found
7)        The location of the Official Notice Board
8)        Any special safety information
9)        Any social functions that shall/may be attended by the riders
10)    The names of the race officials

(III) Changes to the SI

1)        Any change to the SI shall be posted before 09h00 on the day it will take effect.
2)        Any change to the schedule of races shall be posted by 20h00 on the day before it will take effect.
3)        Any change to the competition venue shall be posted by 20h00 on the day before it will take effect and be communicated directly to each competitor.

Section C.4          Start and end of race/heat

(I)   slalom

1)        The start procedure shall use SYSTEM 2 or SYSTEM 3 identified in Appendix B3.3 of the RRS.

(II)  wave

1)        Heats shall be conducted according to Appendix B4.2 of the RRS.

(III) speed

1)        The SPEED event shall start and end with the calendar year according to the criteria laid out by the WSA GPS Speed League.
2)        Should a SPEED heat be conducted at an individual event, heats will be conducted according to Appendix B6.2 of the RRS.

Section C.5          scoring at an event

All scoring of races/eliminations will be made according to the RRS, with the following exceptions.

(I)   scoring system

1)        Scoring at an event will be made using the Alternate Points Scoring System:

 

Finishing place

Points

First

0.7

Second

2

Each place there after

Add 1 point

2)        Riders who tie in a WAVE or SLALOM elimination will be given a score equal to the average of the position scores covered by the tied riders.

For example, if four riders tie for 5th in a WAVE elimination, the four riders will each earn 6.5 points as identified below:

Position

Points earned

Rider

1

0.7

Rider 1

2

2

Rider 2

3

3

Rider 3

4

4

Rider 4

5

(5+6+7+8)/4 = 6.5

Rider 5, 6, 7, 8

(6)

(6)

-

(7)

(7)

-

(8)

(8)

-

9

9

Rider 9

3)        The rider with the lowest points, in a given discipline, at the end of the event, shall be that discipline’s event Champion.
4)        No scoring will be made for SPEED at an individual event – scoring will only be made with respect to the overall GPS Speed League Rankings using the Rankings Points System identified in Section C.6.

(II)  race/elimination discards

1)        One in every four races/eliminations shall be discarded.
2)        The races/elimination with the worst score shall be discarded.

 

(III) ties

1)        In the case of two or more riders with the same points, the tie shall be broken according to RRS Appendix A8.

Section C.6          tour scoring

To determine the relevant Discipline National Champion, each event on the Tour will be scored as follows.

(I)   Ranking points system

1)        The final rider positions for each discipline, from each event, shall be scored as follows:

Position

Points

1

25

2

20

3

16

4

13

5

11

6

10

7

9

8

8

9

7

10

6

11

5

12

4

13

3

14

2

15

1

2)        Points shall not be awarded to positions after 15th place.
3)        The rider with the highest ranking points, in a given discipline, at the end of the Tour season, shall be that discipline’s WSA National Tour Champion.

(II)  event discards

1)        One in every four events shall be discarded.
2)        The event with the lowest ranking score shall be discarded.

(III) ties

1)        In the case of two or more riders with the same ranking points, the tie shall be broken according to RRS Appendix A8.

Section C.7          Overall Tour Champion

(I)   the overall WSA National Tour Champion will be determined as follows

1)        The ranking points from a rider’s top three disciplines shall be added to give their overall tour ranking score.
2)        The rider with the highest overall ranking points at the end of the Tour season shall be the Overall WSA National Tour Champion.

Section C.8          SA SAILING COLOURS

(I)   PROCEDURE FOR THE AWARD OF SOUTH AFRICAN SAILING (SAS) PROVINCIAL COLOURS FOR SAILING

1)        SA Sailing Provincial Colours shall be awarded in accordance with criteria described in the SASProCC.

Part D.       REQUIREMENTS AND LIMITATIONS

An event, rider and equipment shall comply with the Rules in Part D in a given calendar year.

Section D.1          tour requirements and limitations

(I)   Validity of event/round

1)        A minimum of 10 entries are required for an event to be considered valid.
2)        A minimum of four fleet races, or, one completed elimination is required for the event to be considered valid.

(II)  windsurfing conditions

1)        The wind minimum for SLALOM racing shall be 12 knots over the course area.
2)        The WAVE competition must be held in surf and riders must be capable of sailing beyond the breaking waves.
3)        The Race Director shall ultimately decide if the conditions are suitable for windsurfing.

(III) ADVERTISING

1)        Advertising shall only be displayed in accordance with Category C of the ISAF Advertising Code.

Section D.2          equipment requirements and limitations

(I)   GENERAL limitations

1)        During a single WSA Tour season, not more than 2 boards and 4 sails shall be used in each of the recognised disciplines.
2)        Every rider’s equipment shall be inspected and registered prior to the start of the rider’s first event.
3)        Only 1 board, 1 sail and 1 fin shall be used during a race/heat.

(II)  board identification

1)        The board shall carry a permanent unique serial number applied by the manufacturer.
2)        The serial number shall be used to identify the board at registration.
3)        A board without a serial number shall be “marked” by the Official Equipment Inspector at the first event the board appears in.

(III) SAIL identification

1)        Sail size and manufacturer shall be recorded at registration.
2)        The national letters and sail numbers shall comply with RRS-Appendix G.
3)        The sail letters and numbers shall be of a contrasting colour to the body of the sail.

(IV) SUBSTITUTION during an event

1)        The Jury, Race Director or other appointed Official may only permit substitution of irreparably damaged equipment on a 'like for like' basis.
2)        Other equipment is interchangeable provided it complies with the Rules.

(V)  substitution during the tour

1)        Equipment may be substituted on one occasion only during a WSA Tour calendar year.
2)        Substitution shall be on a ‘like for like’ basis as determined by an Official Equipment Inspector.
3)        The substituted equipment will be required to be re-registered.

(VI) MODIFICATIONS, MAINTENANCE and REPAIRs

1)        Normal damage repairs are permitted.
2)        A damaged fin box may only be replaced by the same 'type' of box, and be positioned the same as the original.

(VII)           PERSONAL EQUIPMENT limitations

1)        Clothing and equipment for the purposes of increasing the weight of the competitor is prohibited.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:40

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Constitution Amendment

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Amendment to the Constitution  

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Windsurfing South Africa (WSA)

 

Clause 8.1.3 of the WSA Constitution has been amended as follows. 

From; 

8.1.3 Sailing Officer 

The Sailing Officer shall: 

1) Serve as chairman of the sailing committee and manage and control all sailing functions/regattas falling under the umbrella of WSA. 

2) Act as, or approve selection of, principal race officers for all WSA and regional events. 

3) Identify and submit recommendations for change of the WSA class/discipline instructions, as needed, to the WSA Executive Committee on behalf of WSA Members. 

To; 

8.1.3 Tour Director of Sailing 

A Tour Director of Sailing may be elected for each discipline, as defined in clause 5, who’s duties shall be to; 

1) Serve as director of the sailing committee for the relevant WSA Tour discipline. 

2) Manage and control all sailing functions/regattas falling under the umbrella of the relevant WSA Tour discipline. 

3) Act as, or approve selection of, principal race officers for the relevant WSA Tour event discipline. 

4) Abide by the rules of the WSA Tour Championship Rules. 

5) Identify and submit recommendations for change of the WSA Tour Championship Rules, as needed, to the WSA Executive Committee on behalf of WSA Members. 

The WSA Executive Committee 

02-03-2013

Saturday, 23 March 2013 01:14

Constitution

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Constitution
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Windsurfing South Africa (WSA)



1 Definitions

In this Constitution, unless the context indicates otherwise;

WSA/Club: means the Club established in terms of clause 2;

WSA Tour: means the event championship as defined in the WSA Tour Championship Rules

Regions: refers to the regions as detailed in clause 4

Disciplines: refers to the windsurfing disciplines as outlined in clause 5

Member: means a member of WSA as contemplated in clause 7;

Executive Committee: means the executive committee contemplated in clause 8;

Official: means any one of the officials mentioned in clause 8.1 through 8.3, and "office" shall have a corresponding meaning;

Chairman: means the Official mentioned in clause 8.1.1;

Secretary: means the Official mentioned in clause 8.3.1; and

Treasurer: means the Official mentioned in clause 8.3.2;

Prescribed: means prescribed by rules made under clause 25;

Gender: all references herein to the male gender also equally refer to the female gender;

Calendar year: the calendar year shall be defined as 1 July to 30 June.

 

2 The Windsurfing South Africa Club

1) A nation-wide club, known as Windsurfing South Africa (WSA) Club, is hereby established.

2) WSA Club is a common law corporate body and as such

a) Its assets, liabilities, rights and obligations vest in it independently of its members;

b) It may not distribute any of its profits and gains to any person and it will use its funds solely for the objects for which it has been established and for investment;

c) It will have perpetual succession; and

d) It may sue or be sued in its own name.

3) The members will not by reason of their membership be liable for the liabilities and obligations of WSA Club.


3 Mission and Objectives

1) The mission of WSA is;

a) to establish and promote windsurfing in South Africa

b) to develop and promote skills and expertise in windsurfing

c) to contribute to the development of windsurfing in South Africa

2) The objectives of WSA, as set out in sub clause (1)), include;

a) to facilitate and promote competition windsurfing

b) to unify and regulate the rules of competition

c) to provide advisory jurisdiction over activities sponsored by Members of the Club

d) to foster educational programmes

e) to maintain liaisons with the national sailing authorities and the ISAF, as well as other sailing organisations that may be brought to the attention of WSA in the future to promote and stimulate interest in windsurfing


4 Regions

The Republic of South Africa will be divided into four (4) regions, each of which shall be represented by a chairman as follows:

1) Western Cape (WC)

2) Eastern Cape (EC)

3) KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

4) Inland Provinces (GP)


5 Class Disciplines

WSA recognises the following windsurfing disciplines:
1) Wave

2) Freestyle

3) Super Cross

4) Speed

5) Slalom

6) Formula

7) Fun Board Racing

7) Relevant Olympic Class

 

6 Affiliation

1) WSA shall affiliate with South African Sailing (SAS), and subscribe to its objectives.

2) If there is any inconsistency between the constitutions of a representative association to which WSA is affiliated and this Constitution, the two instruments shall as far as reasonably possible be reconciled and if the inconsistency cannot be reconciled, the constitution of the representative association shall prevail.

 

7 Membership

7.1 Eligibility

1) Membership of WSA is open to any person, who subscribes to this Constitution, who pays the prescribed membership fees, who submits to the control of the Executive Committee and who has not been excluded in terms of proper disciplinary proceedings conducted under this Constitution.

2) An application to become a member is submitted to the Secretary.

3) The Executive Committee, through the National or Regional Associations, shall consider each application for membership and may accept or reject an application.

4) If the Executive Committee rejects an application, it shall forthwith provide written reasons for its decision.

5) The decision of the Executive Committee under sub clause (4) is final and binding on all concerned.

7.2 Privileges of Membership

1) Members in good standing of WSA shall also as such be members of South Africa Sailing (SAS).

2) Unless indicated otherwise, only members in good standing status will be entitled to participate in any sailing events sanctioned by WSA.

3) Only members in good standing status are eligible to introduce motions, serve on WSA committees, be a member of the Executive Committee or serve as a Regional Officer.


8 Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of WSA shall consist of a minimum of one person in each of the following categories

8.1 Executive Elected Officials with Voting Rights

Executive Elected Officials are elected officials, not of the same person, for the positions of:

8.1.1 Chairman

The Chairman shall:

1) Preside at all board meetings and general membership meetings.

2) Be responsible for coordinating the affairs of the organization, subject to and in accordance with the bylaws and the direction of the Executive committee.

3) Be an ex-officiate member of all standing and ad hoc committees.

4) Assist the Treasurer in the preparation and submission of the proposed annual budget to the Executive committee for approval.

5) Manage, control, and conserve any property interest of WSA.

8.1.2 Vice-Chairman

The Vice-Chairman shall:

1) Provide assistance to the Chairman, and perform such duties as may be delegated by the Chairman.

2) In the absence of the Chairman assume the duties of the Chairman.

3) Succeed to the office of Chairman should the office become vacant during an unfinished term.

4) Promote WSA, discipline, youth and development programmes, and others programmes, as deemed necessary.

8.1.3 Tour Director of Sailing

A Tour Director of Sailing may be elected for each discipline, as defined in clause 5, who’s duties shall be to;

1) Serve as director of the sailing committee for the relevant WSA Tour discipline.

2) Manage and control all sailing functions/regattas falling under the umbrella of the relevant WSA Tour discipline.

3) Act as, or approve selection of, principal race officers for the relevant WSA Tour event discipline.

4) Abide by the rules of the WSA Tour Championship Rules.

5) Identify and submit recommendations for change of the WSA Tour Championship Rules, as needed, to the WSA Executive Committee on behalf of WSA Members.

8.2 Executive Appointed Member with Voting Rights

Executive Appointed Members are appointed officials for the positions of:

8.2.1 Regional Chairman

One chairman for each region, as described in clause 4, may be appointed to:

1) Assist the Executive Committee with their duties in matters pertaining to their region.

2) Act as liaison with the Members of the relevant region.

3) The allocation of provinces by Region may be altered by addendum updated at each Annual General Meeting.

8.2.2 One Industry Representative

The industry representative shall:

4) Work towards improving matters between the Members and the windsurfing industries in South Africa.

5) Support the local industries in a manner that promotes windsurfing.

6) Bring concerns of the Industry Partners to the attention of the Executive Committee.

8.3 Executive Appointed Members without Voting Rights

8.3.1 Secretary

The secretary shall:

1) Record all minutes of the executive committee and general membership meetings and be responsible for the appropriate distribution and reading of the minutes.

2) Receive completed surveys and ballots from general membership, compile the results of these and forward the results to the appropriate committee meeting.

3) Assist the Chairman in other areas as needed.

4) Serve as Chairman of the Membership Committee.

5) Submit recommendations to the executive committee for changes in membership criteria and application.

6) Be responsible for the systematic collection of member applications and dues.

7) Maintain a current list of members in good standing.

8) Be responsible for coordination of other member services.

8.3.2 Treasurer

The treasurer shall:

1) Maintain current files of all organisational business.

2) Receive all monies of the WSA and disburse them under the direction of the executive committee.

3) Be responsible for accurate and complete recording of all organization receipts and disbursements.

4) Present a current financial report at the annual board meeting and present for approval a proposed budget for the following year.

5) Maintain and submit appropriate records as required by the internal revenue service.


9 Responsibilities of the Executive Committee
1) The Executive Committee is responsible for the administration and financial management of WSA.

2) The Executive Committee shall annually appoint the auditors for WSA

3) The Executive Committee shall, as required from time to time, name the representatives of WSA who shall serve on committees appointed and bodies established by any representative association to which WSA is affiliated.

4) An Official shall cease to hold office if;

a) he or she is excluded in terms of proper disciplinary proceedings conducted under this Constitution;

b) he or she resigns from office by giving written notice to WSA;

c) he or she is convicted of an offence which involves dishonesty;

d) he or she surrenders his or her estate as insolvent or if his or her estate is sequestrated;

e) he or she is removed from office by a resolution passed at a general meeting of WSA if the intention to vote upon the removal from office has been specified in the notice convening the general meeting; or

f) if he or she is or becomes of unsound mind.

5) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Executive Committee shall manage and control the business and affairs of WSA, shall have full powers in the management and direction of such business and affairs, may exercise all such powers of WSA and do all such acts on behalf of WSA, as may be lawfully exercised.

6) Save as specifically provided in this Constitution, the Executive Committee shall at all times have the right to engage on behalf of WSA the services of accountants, auditors, attorneys, advocates and any other professional firm or person or other employees whatsoever for any reasons deemed necessary by the Executive Committee and on such terms as the Executive Committee shall decide.

7) The Executive Committee may co-opt any person or persons who may, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, contribute to the performance or exercising of the powers, duties and functions of the Executive Committee, but a person who is co-opted in this way shall not be entitled to participate in the actual decision making process of the Executive Committee.

8) The Executive Committee shall be entitled to appoint committees consisting of such number of Officials, members and such other persons as they may deem fit and to delegate to such committees such of their functions, powers and duties as they may deem fit, with further power to vary or revoke such appointments and delegations as the Executive Committee may from time to time deem necessary.

9) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Constitution, the Executive Committee may in the name of WSA enforce the provisions of any rules by civil application or action in a court of competent jurisdiction and for this purpose may appoint such attorneys and counsel as they may deem fit.

10) If the Executive Committee institutes any legal proceedings against any member for the enforcement of any of the rights of WSA in terms of this Constitution, WSA shall be entitled to recover all legal costs so incurred from the member or resident concerned, calculated as between attorney and own client.

9.1 Meetings of the Executive Committee

1) The Executive Committee meets as often as required but at least bi-annually. Meetings may be held by conference video/telephone/e-Mail/online forum.

2) Meetings of the Executive Committee are convened by the Secretary on

instruction from the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman.

3) 2/3 (two thirds) of the members of the Executive Committee shall be a quorum

4) The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee and, in the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall preside and, in the absence of both the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman, an Official elected by the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall preside.

5) The Secretary shall cause minutes to be kept at meetings of the Executive Committee and, in the absence of the Secretary, the official presiding at the meeting shall instruct another Official who is present to keep minutes.

6) Decisions of the Executive Committee are as far as reasonably possible taken by way of consensus.

7) If the Executive Committee is not able to take a decision by way of consensus, a decision shall be taken by way of ordinary majority vote.

8) If the Executive Committee has to take a decision by vote and the vote is tied, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

10 General Meetings of WSA

1) WSA shall, within 12 months after the end of each financial year, but not later than bi-annually, hold an Annual General Meeting and shall specify the meetings as such in the notices in terms of clause 11.

2) An Annual General Meeting shall be held at the final event of each season, or should this not be possible, at such a reasonable time and place as the Executive Committee shall decide.

3) The Executive Committee shall on petition of no less than 20% (Twenty percent) of all Members entitled to vote, convene extraordinary meetings.

11 Notices of Meetings

1) An Annual General Meeting and a meeting called for the passing of a special resolution, shall be called by giving at least 21 days written notice and an extraordinary general meeting, other than one called for the passing of a special resolution, shall be called by giving at least 14 days written notice.

2) A general meeting of WSA shall, notwithstanding that it is called by shorter notice than that specified in this Constitution, be deemed to have been duly called if it is agreed;

a) in the case of an Annual General Meeting, by all the Members entitled to attend and vote thereat; or

b) in the case of an extraordinary general meeting; by a majority in number of the Members having a right to attend and vote at the meeting, a majority being together holding not less than 95% of the total voting rights of all voting Members.

3) Any period referred to in sub clause (1), shall be calculated exclusive of the day on which the notice is given, and shall specify the place, the day and the hours of the meeting, and in the case of special business, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Constitution, the general nature of that business.

4) The accidental omission to give notice of any resolution, or to give any other notification, or present any document required to be given or sent in terms of this Constitution, or the non-receipt of any such notice, notification or document by any member or other person entitled to receive such notice, notification or document, shall not invalidate the proceedings at, or any resolution passed at, any meeting.

 

12 Quorum

1) No business shall be transacted at any general meeting unless a quorum is present when the meeting proceeds to business.

2) The quorum at any Annual General Meeting of WSA shall include the Executive Committee entitled to vote and all Members together holding not less than 60% (Sixty percent) of the total voting rights and the quorum at any other general meeting of WSA shall be together holding not less than 50% (Fifty percent) of the total voting rights.

3) If, within half an hour from the time appointed for the holding of a general meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same place and time or at such other place as the chairperson of the meeting shall appoint.

4) If at an adjourned meeting contemplated in sub clause (3) a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for holding the meeting, the members present shall be a quorum.

 

13 Agenda at Meetings

1) In addition to any other matters required by this Constitution to be dealt with at an annual general meeting, every annual general meeting shall deal with;

a) consideration of the Chairman's report

b) election of Officials

c) consideration of any other matters raised at the meeting, including any resolution proposed for adoption by such meeting, and the voting upon any such resolutions

d) consideration of the accounts of WSA for the preceding financial year

e) consideration of the report of the auditors and the fixing of remuneration of their remuneration

2) No business shall be dealt with at any general meeting unless written notice has been given to the Executive Committee not less than two days before such meeting by the person proposing to raise such business of his or her intention so to do, provided that the Chairman may on ordinary resolution of the meeting relax this condition.

 

14 Procedure at General Meetings

1) The Chairman may, with the consent of any general meeting at which a quorum is present and shall, if so directed by the meeting, adjourn a meeting from time to time and place to place.

2) No business shall be transacted at any adjourned meeting other than business which could have been transacted at the meeting from which the adjournment took place.

3) Whenever a meeting is adjourned for 10 days or more, notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given in the same manner as for an original meeting. 

4) Subject to the provisions of sub clause (3), the members shall not be entitled to any notice of adjournment or of the business to be transacted at an adjourned meeting. 

5) The Secretary shall cause minutes to be kept of every general meeting, which minutes shall, without undue delay after the meeting has closed, be reduced to writing and certified correct by the Chairman. 

6) All minutes of general meetings shall, after certification, be placed in a minute book to be kept by the Secretary. 

 

15 Proxies

1) An Executive Committee member may be represented at a general meeting by a proxy, who must be a member of WSA. 

2) The instrument appointing a proxy shall be in writing and signed by the member concerned or his or her agent, duly authorised in writing, but need not be in any particular form. 

3) The instrument appointing a proxy and the power of attorney or any other authority under which it is signed shall be tabled at the meeting at which the person named in the instrument proposes to vote. 

4) No instrument appointing a proxy shall be valid after the expiration of three months from the date of its execution. 

5) A vote given in accordance with the terms of a proxy shall be valid notwithstanding the previous death of the principal or revocation of the proxy, provided that no intimation in writing of the death of revocation had been received by the Chairman at any time before a vote is taken in respect of which the proxy exercises such vote.

 

16 Voting

1) At any general meeting of WSA, every member of the Executive Committee who is present in person, or represented by proxy and entitled to vote, shall have one vote.

2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, no person other than a member duly registered and who shall have paid all membership fees and other sums, if any, which shall be due and payable to WSA in respect of or arising out of his or her membership, shall be entitled to be present and to vote on any question, either personally or by proxy, at any general meeting.

3) At any general meeting a resolution put to the vote shall be decided on a show of hands and a declaration by the Chairman that a resolution has, on a show of hands, been carried or carried unanimously or by a particular majority or negated, and an entry to that effect in the book containing the minutes of the proceedings of WSA, shall be conclusive evidence of the fact, without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against such resolution.

4) Notwithstanding the provisions of sub clause (3), a poll may, before or on the declaration of the result of the show of hands, be demanded by the Chairman or members and any demand of a poll may be withdrawn by the Chairman or members, as the case may be.

5) If a poll is demanded, the poll shall be taken in such manner, including the manner in which the result of the poll shall be determined, as the Chairman directs and the result of the poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the meeting at which the poll was demanded.

6) In the case of an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or on a poll, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

7) A poll demanded on the election of an Official or on a question of adjournment shall be taken forthwith and a poll demanded on any other question shall be taken at such time as the Chairman directs.

8) The demand for a poll shall not prevent the continuation of a meeting for the transaction of any business other that the question upon which the poll has been demanded.

9) Every resolution and every amended resolution proposed for adoption by a general meeting shall be seconded at the meeting and, if not so seconded, shall be deemed not to have been proposed.

10) An ordinary resolution or the amendment of an ordinary resolution shall be carried on a simple majority of all votes cast. 

11) Unless any member present in person or by proxy at a general meeting, objects before the closure of the meeting to any declaration made by the Chairman as to the result of any voting at the meeting, whether by show of hands or otherwise, or to the propriety or validity of the procedure at such meeting, such declaration by the Chairman shall be deemed to be a true and correct statement of the voting, and the meeting shall in all respects be deemed to have been properly and validly constituted and conducted.

12) An entry in the minutes to the effect that any motion has been carried or lost, with or without a record of the number of votes recorded in favour of or against such motion, shall be conclusive evidence of the votes so recorded. 

 

17 Election of Officials

1) The Officials are elected on the annual general meeting and shall ordinarily hold office from the date following the date on which they are elected until the date of the next annual general meeting.

2) An official may be re-elected to a particular office, but the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Treasurer shall not retain the same position for more than two (2) consecutive terms.

3) For sake of continuity, the Chairman shall ensure that Office bearers shall not vacate their position all at the same time.

4) If any Official ceases to hold office as contemplated in clause 9 (5), the Executive Committee may appoint a member to hold such office for the remaining portion of the Official concerned term of office.

5) Any member may, subject to sub clauses (6) and (7), before the commencement of an annual general meeting, submit written nominations for the various offices to the Secretary and such nominations must be countersigned by the nominated member and at least one other member seconding the nomination.

6) If only one or no nomination is received for a particular office in terms of sub clause (4), the Chairman may invite nominations during the course of the annual general meeting.

7) Only members of WSA are eligible to be nominated for an office. 

8) Officials are elected by ordinary majority vote by the members present in person or by proxy at an annual general meeting. 

9) If only one nomination in terms of sub clauses (4) up to and including (7) is received for a particular office, the nominated candidate shall be deemed to be elected unopposed. 

10) If there is an equality of votes in respect of a particular office 

a) the Chairman has a casting vote if there are only two nominees or two remaining nominees; or 

b) if there are more than two nominees or remaining nominees, the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated and a new vote is held. 

 

18 Finances 

1) The financial year of WSA shall be from 1 July to 30 June. 

2) The Treasurer may, with the approval of the Executive Committee, open one or more bank accounts into which the funds or surplus funds of WSA may be deposited and from which payments on behalf of WSA may be made. 

3) Withdrawal of funds from any account contemplated in sub clause (2), whether by cheque or otherwise, shall only be done on authorization of the Treasurer and at least one other Official. 

4) The accounts and books of WSA shall be open to inspection by Members at all reasonable times during business hours. 

5) The accounts of WSA shall be examined annually and the correctness thereof ascertained by the auditors of WSA in accordance with standard acceptable accounting practice.

 

19 Conduct 

1) A member of WSA is at all time subject to this Constitution, the rules made in terms of this Constitution, the laws, by-laws, regulations or rules of SAS and ISAF and any code of conduct which may be adopted by WSA.

2) A member of WSA shall at all times conduct himself or herself in such a way that the good name and reputation of WSA may not suffer prejudice as a result of his or her conduct.

 

20 Subcommittee on Discipline

1) The Subcommittee on Discipline shall consist of the Vice-Chairman, and two additional Officials who are not the Chairman of WSA. 

2) The Subcommittee on Discipline shall consider any infringement of the Constitution, any of the rules of WSA, any resolutions adopted and rulings made by WSA or Executive Committee, any contract entered into by WSA, any competition established by WSA, or any laws, by-laws, regulations or rules of SAS and/or ISAF and any code of conduct which may have been adopted by WSA.

3) If the Subcommittee for Discipline is of the opinion that an infringement is not serious, it may warn the member concerned, not to commit similar infringements in future. 

4) If the Subcommittee for Discipline is of the opinion that an infringement is serious, it may refer the matter to a disciplinary committee and shall inform the member concerned in writing of the exact nature and extent of the charge, as well as the time, date and place for the disciplinary hearing.

 

21 Disciplinary Committee 

1) A disciplinary committee, consisting of

a) at least two impartial Association members or at least one person who is experienced in the administration of sports or sports law and who is not a member of WSA; and

b) at least one National or Regional representative; may be appointed from time to time when the Subcommittee for Discipline deems it necessary to conduct disciplinary proceedings against a member.

2) A disciplinary committee may simultaneously enquire into various infringements allegedly committed by a member and may simultaneously enquire into related infringements allegedly committed by different members.

3) The Subcommittee for Discipline shall appoint 

a) a member to take minutes at meetings of the disciplinary committee; and 

b) a member to act as prosecutor before the disciplinary committee and to present evidence on behalf of WSA in a particular case. 

4) The disciplinary committee shall afford both the prosecutor and the accused member to present their respective cases and shall consider all the evidence presented by the prosecutor and by or on behalf of the member before making its decision. 

5) A member charged before a disciplinary committee may be assisted in proceedings before the disciplinary committee by another member of his or her choice and the person presiding over the disciplinary committee shall inform the member concerned of this right before the proceedings commence. 

6) If the disciplinary committee finds the accused member guilty of an infringement as charged, it may 

a) warn the member; 

b) suspend the member for a period not exceeding 6 (Six) months in the case of a first infringement, or a period not exceeding 12 (Twelve) months in the case of a subsequent infringement; 

c) recommend to the Executive Committee that the member should be expelled from WSA; or 

d) take such other steps as it may deem fit in the circumstances of the case. 

7) The disciplinary committee shall, within 3 days, inform the member concerned in writing of its finding and decision, stating the reasons for such finding and decision. 

 

22 Appeal 

1) If a member feels aggrieved as a result of a decision by a disciplinary committee, the member may, within 7 days of being informed of the decision of the disciplinary committee, in writing appeal to the Chairman of WSA, stating the reasons for the appeal.

2) The Chairman of WSA shall consider the appeal on the minutes of the disciplinary committee, the finding and reasons contemplated in clause 21 (6) and the written reasons contemplated in sub clause (1) and may in whole or in part, revoke or amend the decision of the disciplinary committee and may 

a) warn the member; 

b) suspend the member for a period not exceeding 6 (Six) months in the case of a first infringement, or a period not exceeding 12 (Twelve) months in the case of a subsequent infringement; 

c) recommend to the Executive Committee that the member should be expelled from WSA; or 

d) take such other steps as it may deem fit in the circumstances of the case. 

3) The decision of the Chairman of WSA shall be final and binding on all concerned. 

 

23 Service of Notices 

1) A notice may be served by WSA upon any member at the address specified on the prescribed application form completed by the particular member unless the member shall have notified the Secretary in writing of another address for service of notices. 

2) Any notice served by post, or in the case of disciplinary proceedings by prepaid registered post, shall, unless the contrary is proven, be deemed to have been served on the fifth day following that on which the notice was posted. 

 

24 Indemnity 

1) Every Official, servant, agent and employee of WSA and any managing agent, his or her employees, nominees or invitees, shall be indemnified by WSA against all costs, losses and expenses which such person or persons may incur or become liable for by reason of any contract entered into or any lawful act or deed done by such person or persons in the discharge of their respective duties, including in the case of an Official, his or her duties as Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary or other Official.

2) Without prejudice to the generality of the sub clause (1), WSA shall specifically indemnify every person referred to in sub clause (1) against all losses of whatsoever nature incurred arising out of any bona fide act, deed or letter done or written by him or her jointly or severally in connection with the discharge of his or her duties.

 

25 Rules 

1) Subject to any restriction imposed or direction given at a general meeting of WSA, the Executive Committee may from time to time make rules with regard to

a) the conduct of members;

b) the application form for membership of WSA;

c) the annual membership fees that are payable by members and different membership fees may be prescribed in respect of different categories of members;

d) without limiting the generality of this paragraph, for the furtherance and promotion of any of the objects of WSA and/or for the better management of the affairs of WSA and/or for the advancement of the interests of members, and may vary, modify or repeal any rules made by the Executive Committee, but not rules made by a general meeting of WSA.

2) A general meeting of WSA may make any rules which the Executive Committee may make in terms of this clause and may vary, modify or repeal any rules made from time to time by it or by the Executive Committee.

3) The members shall be notified in writing of any rule made by the Executive Committee or the general meeting of WSA.

4) The Secretary shall keep a copy of this Constitution, as amended from time to time and a record of all the rules made from time to time under sub clause (1).

5) The Secretary shall on the application of any member, any prospective member, the auditor or the accounting officer supply to such person a copy of the Constitution and all the rules in force, in return for which the Secretary may require such person to pay the fee prescribed therefore.

 

26 Amendment 

1) This Constitution may be amended by resolution of a general meeting passed by a majority of not less than 75% of the votes cast. 

 

27 Merger 

1) WSA may merge with any other body with similar objects, by resolution of a general meeting passed by a majority of not less than 75% of the votes cast. 

2) In the event of a merger as contemplated in sub clause (1), WSA’s net assets after discharge of its liabilities, together with its rights and obligations under this Constitution, shall vest in the merged entity.

 

28 Dissolution 

1) WSA may dissolve itself by resolution of a general meeting passed by a majority of not less than 75% of the votes cast. 

2) In the event of a dissolution of WSA 

a) the Officials will act as liquidators; 

b) WSA’s net assets after discharge of its liabilities will be distributed in the liquidators' discretion to one or more Windsurfing Class Associations or Clubs. 

29 Title and Commencement 

1) This instrument shall be called the Constitution of Windsurfing South Africa Club on 02 March 2013.

 

CONSTITUTION done and approved at …………………… on this day ……............………. Chairman

Vice Chairman

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