J/80 Class is an "ISAF Recognized" class, meaning that
all changes to Class Rules and the Constitution must
be approved not only by the J/80 Class but by ISAF as
well. This is a positive, in that the ISAF subcommittees
that deal with class rule changes have a great deal
of experience across a number of classes. The
side effect is that the process can be lengthy.
our current ICA (International J/80 Class Association)
Constitution, the ICA Executive Committee is responsible
for managing the class affairs, which includes modification
of the Class Rules and Constitution. To date,
rules change proposals have generally come from an NCA
(National J/80 Class Association), a measurer or a licensed
builder. The proposals are reviewed/screened by
the ICA Technical Committee, then a resolution is returned
to the Executive Committee for vote after a review period.
does one go about submitting a rules change proposal?
the US, there are three conduits to the ICA Executive
Committee. 1st is the US representative
to the ICA Executive Committee; 2nd is the
US representative to the ICA Technical Committee, and
3rd is the Copyright Holder (J-Boats).
general, there are three types of rules changes:
and minor grammatical corrections needed to more
clearly define the existing rules.
related wording changes, usually a result of measurers'
experience in the field.
or racing related changes (like crew weight, sails,
etc.) that impact the way the boat is sailed.
involving type 1 & 2 changes are always encouraged
and can be submitted to the J/80 Class Association USA
Executive Committee by any Member. If not self-evident,
the proposal should include reasons for the change.
Proposals of type 3 variety should first have the backing
of an exisiting J/80 fleet or at least 20 J/80 Members
before being considered. This is a minimum "acid
test" so that the class is not inundated with individual
requests for rules changes that haven't demonstrated
wider grass-roots support.