Star Class Association Rules (updated January 2013)
1. Name. The name of the Association shall be the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association.
2. Insignia. The emblem of the Star Class shall be a five pointed red star.
3. Object. The object of the Association shall be to promote, develop and govern Star Class racing throughout the world, under uniform rules, and is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
4.1. To co-operate with all other sailing organizations, in return for which observance and enforcement of the rules of the Star Class are expected.
4.2. To keep the Star Class within the financial reach of the person of moderate means without handicapping ability or encouraging neglect in conditioning yachts.
5.1. The individual shall join through the fleet on whose waters the individual normally sails. The power to accept or reject applications for membership is vested in each fleet, subject to refusal, for cause, by the Class Management Committee.
5.2. The Fleet, a territorial branch or unit, is open to all eligible persons within its territory, elects its own officers, which must include a Fleet Secretary, and is self-governing in local matters not conflicting with Association rules.
5.3. Groups of fleets in distinctive localities constitute Districts.
6.1. The Association has jurisdiction over all Star activities and the use of properties of the Class.
6.2. The powers of the Association shall be vested in and administered by its International Governing Committee (I.G.C.).
6.3. The Star Class Association Rules and the Rules Governing Star Class Events and Racing are binding upon all members and fleets and govern all Star races. Each member of the Class agrees:
a) To be governed by these rules,
b) To accept the penalties imposed and other action taken under these rules, subject to the appeal and review procedures provided in them as the final determination of any matter arising under these rules, and procedures provided in them as the final determination of any matter arising under these rules, and
c) With respect to such determination, not to resort to any court or other tribunal not provided by these rules.
7.1. The official language of the Association shall be English.
7.2. It is the obligation of the Association to prepare and distribute the forms by means of which the business of the Association is conducted.
7.3. Boat Numbers. The Association shall assign a permanent official number to each new boat upon application. This number shall be displayed on both sides of the mainsail and cut into or permanently affixed to the keelson or hull. Hull numbers shall be issued only in sequential order.
7.4. The Association shall not be liable for any debts contracted by its fleets, officers or members other than expenditures authorized by the budget or by written order of the International President, in accordance with the approved budget.
8.1. A new Fleet may be granted a charter upon application to the appropriate Continental First Vice-President by five or more owners or prospective owners of five or more Star boats not within the locality of an organized Fleet.
8.2. Application should be filed by the Continental Vice-President with the cognizant International Vice-President. New charters are conditional until ratified at an annual meeting of the Association.
8.3. Each fleet shall hold an annual meeting.
8.4. Results of election of fleet officers shall be filed promptly with the Association.
8.5. Each fleet shall collect its members’ Association dues. Newly collected dues shall be forwarded each month to the Association together with the registration form.
8.6. Each fleet shall file an annual report with the Association during January.
8.7. It is the obligation of each fleet to maintain a minimum quota of three life and/or active members in good standing, and a minimum of three eligible Stars.
8.8. The charter of any fleet shall be suspended on March 1 for failure to have filed an annual report with dues for at least three such members, listing ownership of at least three eligible Stars, or for other adequate cause. Suspended fleets cannot be reinstated until all requirements of the Association have been fulfilled. Suspended charters are subject to revocation at an annual meeting of the Association.
8.9. Each fleet shall be responsible:
8.9.1. For making suitable provision covering local races.
8.9.2. For governing the use of sails.
8.9.3. For the measurement of sails, spars, rudders, skegs and positions not included on the Measurement Certificate.
9.1. There shall be five classes of membership.
9.1.1. Active. An active member may hold office, vote, and skipper a Star boat except as modified in Rules Governing Star Class Events and Racing regardless of age, sex, race or creed. He must be an owner, part owner, designated syndicate representative, or bona fide charterer of a Star. If he ceases to be a Star owner he shall retain his membership status until the end of the calendar year.
9.1.2. Life. A life member is entitled to all the rights and privileges of an active member, regardless of ownership status, except as modified by skipper eligibility rules. There shall be not more than 100 life members. Applicants must have reached the age of 21 and have been members of the I.S.C.Y.R.A. for at least one year. When the quota of 100 is filled, new life memberships will be granted by the Class Management Committee in order of application whenever a vacancy occurs.
9.1.3. Associate. An associate member is a corinthian non-owner of a Star, who may represent his fleet as a crew. He cannot vote, hold an Association office, or represent his fleet as a skipper.
9.1.4. Isolated. An isolated member is one who meets all the requirements of active or associate membership except that he does not sail in or near the territory of a fleet in good standing. If he owns a Star he is entitled to all privileges of an active member except fleet representation.
When five or more isolated members own and sail Stars in the same locality, they shall apply for a fleet charter or renewal of charter and become active members.
9.1.5. Supporting. A supporting member is one who because of his support and interest in I.S.C.Y.R.A., is elected to membership by the C.M.C. A supporting member shall have all the rights of an associate member. The C.M.C. has the power to admit different categories of supporting members in relation to their financial support of the Class.
9.2. A member cannot belong to more than one fleet at a time. A member may change fleets at any time by paying fleet dues to the new fleet. He immediately becomes eligible to compete in local races of that fleet. His eligibility to represent that fleet is governed by Rule 26.
10.1. Association dues and taxes shall be fixed by the I.G.C.
10.2. The I.G.C. shall establish the dues each year for active, associate and isolated members in amounts not exceeding the maximum provided under 10.3.
10.3. All members must register annually. Annual dues, payable on registration, shall be established from time to time by the I.G.C., provided that the dues for each membership category for any calendar year shall not exceed the dues for such membership category during the preceding calendar year by more than 25% unless such increase is approved by majority vote at the annual meeting of the Class.
10.4. Dues for supporting members shall be not less than dues for active members.
10.5. Annual dues are payable in January in US Dollars in Glenview, IL, USA.
10.6. When an application for life membership is approved, the new life member shall make a single payment equal to 20 times the active dues in effect at the time.
10.7. Fleet dues, if any, shall be fixed by the fleet.
10.8. Association and fleet dues must be paid before a member can be in good standing.
11. Association Officers. These shall be elected annually by mail vote of the membership and serve terms, as prescribed below, beginning in the ensuing calendar year or until their successors qualify.
(in charge of Association business) when elected, shall serve terms of
four years, but may serve no more than a total of eight years in such
office. The election of the International President and Secretary shall
occur at a two year interval to the election of the International
Vice-Presidents and Treasurer. (Such interval was established by an
election of the International Vice-Presidents and Treasurer in the year
11.1.1. International President. The President is the Chief Executive of the Association. He shall preside at meetings and serve as chairman of the Class Management Committee. He shall rule on procedure and jurisdiction, summarize decisions, and appoint special committees. He has sole authority to pay or authorize payment of accounts.
11.1.2. International Vice-Presidents. There shall be two International Vice-Presidents, not from the same hemisphere. Hemisphere 1 shall include Districts 1-8, 11, 12, 18-21. Hemisphere 2 shall include Districts 9, 10, 13-17.
The International Vice-President having the greater seniority shall perform the duties of the President in his absence. If both I.V.P.’s have been in office for the same period of time, the I.G.C., by mail ballot, will select the successor.
Each I.V.P. shall supervise the work of the Continental officers and act as chairman of the Continental Committees of his hemisphere. The Vice-Presidents are empowered to grant charters if for any reason a continent is temporarily without Continental officers. Each International Vice-President shall be elected by the entire active membership.
11.1.3. International Secretary. The International Secretary shall keep minutes of meetings and supervise the Association’s system of forms and records for all members.
11.1.4. International Treasurer. The International Treasurer is the custodian of the financial assets of the Association. He shall keep the Association’s books, financial records, and securities, and shall place funds in a depository approved by the Class Management Committee. He shall disburse funds only on the order of the International President.
11.1.5 International Governing Committee Members. There shall be an International Governing Committee (IGC) of nine (9) members constituted and having the duties as set forth in Rules 14.1-14.1.6.
11.2. Continental Officers, when elected, shall serve terms of four years. .
11.2.1. First Vice-President. There shall be one 1st Vice-President for each continent, who is the chief officer of this continent. He shall preside at an annual meeting in the absence of all International officers, officiate at continental events and appoint their race committees and juries, and have general supervision of the work of district secretaries within his continent and adjacent islands. Each First Vice President, when elected, shall serve terms of four (4) years, but may serve no more than eight (8) years in such office. In calculation of term limit, only periods of time to which the officer was elected (as opposed to periods during which the officer served out another incumbency) shall be counted. First election shall take place December 2013 for 1st Term of 2014-2018.
11.2.2. Second Vice-President. There shall be one 2nd Vice-President for each continent, who shall officiate in the absence of the Continental 1st Vice-President and generally assist him in the performance of his duties.
11.2.3. If a vacancy occurs in the office of 1st Vice-President, the 2nd Vice-President for this continent will automatically fill the vacancy. If a vacancy occurs in the office of 2nd Vice-President, the I.G.C. shall appoint an acting 2nd Vice-President for the remainder of the term.
11.3. Commodores. There shall be one Commodore who shall serve a term of four years, two Vice-Commodores and three Rear Commodores, each of whom shall serve a term of one year.. The ranking Commodore present shall be in charge of all social functions, shall be toastmaster at such functions, and shall make the opening address at annual meetings.
The names of former Commodores, with dates of tenure of office, shall appear in the LOG beneath the name of the active Commodores but in smaller type. All former Commodores shall retain their title and sleeve stripes, but not their gold stars.
11.4 All the International Officers, in connection with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), must work in a coordinate way to maintain the “Olympic Status” for the Class, as pointed out in Rules 23.5.1, 23.5.6 and 40.
12. District Officers. The following district officers shall be elected annually by mail vote of the active membership of each district and shall serve for the ensuing two calendar years or until their successors qualify.
12.1. District Secretary. The District Secretary shall have general supervision over all Star activities in his district, be responsible for checking entries in sanctioned events and approving Star race committees conducting championships of his district.
12.2. Assistant District Secretary. The Assistant District Secretary shall assist the District Secretary, serve in his absence as chairman of special race committees, and automatically become District Secretary for the remainder of the unexpired term should that office be vacated.
13.1. Nominations. Each fleet shall be sent nominating forms for Commodores and for International, Continental and District officers at such time as may be ordered by the Class Management Committee, returnable to the Central Office at a specified date.
Commodores must be nominated by at least two fleets.
Continental officers must be nominated by at least two fleets, which must be in different districts if the continent has more than one district.
International officers must be nominated by at least two fleets not within the same district.
District officers must be nominated by one fleet.
If a continent has three or less fleets, nominations may be received from only one fleet.
13.2. Eligibility. A candidate for office, before his name can be placed on the ballot, must certify in writing that he is willing and able to serve if elected. A candidate for the office of International President, Secretary or Treasurer must be in a position to attend Class Management Committee meetings at the central office of the Association at frequent intervals.
A candidate for any office on the ballot must be an active, life or boat-owning isolated member of the I.S.C.Y.R.A. and so recorded on the date when nominations for that office close. If any officer’s membership is not renewed by March 1, the Class Management Committee shall have the power, thirty days after serving notice upon him to his last recorded address, to declare the said office vacant.
13.3. Voting. Each life, active and boat owning isolated member will receive a ballot on which he shall record his votes. This ballot must be returned to the office of the International Secretary or such place as the Class Management Committee may designate on or before December 10 or the 90th day after the annual meeting, whichever is later. The ballots may be sealed. In the case of joint or syndicate ownership, a boat shall be entitled to only one vote, the vote cast by the first of the two or more names of joint owners appearing on the records of the Association.
13.4. Election. The ballots shall be opened and counted on December 10 or the 90th day after the annual meeting, whichever is later (or the first weekday following if this date falls on a holiday) at such hour and place as the Class Management Committee may designate.
The votes shall be tabulated by three or more inspectors of election, who are not candidates for office and who are, if possible, members of different fleets.
The candidate for each office receiving the greatest number of votes shall be considered elected, except that the two candidates for Vice-Commodore receiving the greatest number of votes, who are not on the same continent, shall be considered elected, and the three candidates for Rear Commodore receiving the greatest number of votes, not two of whom are on the same continent, shall be considered elected.
Except for members of the IGC, a candidate cannot be elected to more than one Association or District office at the same time; he/she shall be considered elected to the higher of such office.
14. Standing Committees.
International Governing Committee (IGC). The powers of the Association
are vested in the IGC subject to the limitations imposed by these
Rules. The IGC shall consist of the International President, the two
International Vice-Presidents, two of the
The International President may designate alternates from each region. An alternate may participate in the deliberations of the I.G.C. but shall not vote except in the absence of a regular member from his region. The International President shall designate the priority of each region’s alternates to fill the voting seats of regular members who are absent.
The I.G.C. shall meet at least once a year, at the time and place of the World’s Championship, and at such other times and places as it may determine.
The I.G.C. shall elect its own chairman. Between meetings the Chairman, the International President, and a third member elected by the I.G.C. shall constitute the Executive Committee of the I.G.C. and may act, if necessary, on any matter within the I.G.C.’s powers even though its action may affect a period of time beyond its term of office. The Executive Committee may act either at a meeting or by, a unanimous written consent signed by each of its members. Any meeting of the Executive Committee may be held by conference telephone or similar communication equipment, so long as all three members can hear one another, and all such members shall be deemed to be present in person at the meeting.
Alternatively, the full I.G.C. may act between meetings by a unanimous written consent signed by each regular member of the I.G.C., or, in the case of the election of the Chairman of the I.G.C. and third member of the Executive Committee, by mail ballot by majority vote. The Chairman and the third member of the Executive Committee shall not be members of the C.M.C. Not all three members of the Executive Committee shall come from the same continent. Upon taking office the I.G.C. is empowered to:
14.1.1. Determine questions of policy.
14.1.2. Suspend members or impeach officers for cause and subject to the provisions of Rule 17.
14.1.3. Fill vacancies, including vacancies on the I.G.C. except as otherwise provided by the Star Class Association Rules.
14.1.4. Appoint the Chairman of the I.R.C. and the President of the I.J. and approve their members.
14.1.5. Fix or alter territorial boundaries of districts, and decide all inter-fleet disputes.
14.1.6. Act upon any other matters not otherwise provided for by Star Class Association Rules.
14.1.7 Permit the Class to sail in an ISAF-sponsored World Championship sailed under International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and/or International Olympic Committee (IOC) Rules only once per quadrennial.
14.2. Class Management
*The composition of the Executive Committee of the Class Management Committee shall be the International President, Treasurer, a member of the CMC designated by the International President, and a member of the CMC designated by the CMC. The Executive Committee will have the authority to resolve the matters of the CMC during the time between two meetings of the Class Management Committee.
Upon taking office the C.M.C. is empowered to:
14.2.1.Transact all the daily business of the Association.
14.2.2. Purchase and sell securities.
14.2.3. Approve of depositories.
14.2.4. Act upon other administrative and procedural matters not otherwise provided for by the Star Class Association Rules.
14.3. Continental Committees (C.C.) The Continental Committee for each continent shall consist of an International Vice-President as chairman and the Vice-Presidents of that continent. A majority vote shall decide all questions.
The C.C. shall sanction events and grant charters, and shall immediately report such actions to the central office of the Association.
The C.C. may act upon continental matters not connected with dues, finances or other fiscal business of the Association. It shall have no power to take any action conflicting with the rules or principles of the Association, but it may submit recommendations to the I.G.C. or C.M.C. It shall approve race committees and juries for Class Silver Events.
15. Appointed Positions and Committees.
The following positions and committees shall be appointed by the International President and ratified by the C.M.C. and serve for one calendar year (except for the J.B.)
Technical Advisory Board shall establish and maintain the measurement
standards, forms and techniques and ensure an appropriate measurement
procedere. The Chief Measurer shall instruct and supervise the
Certified Measurers, grant or reject Measurement Certificates and
organize the corresponding administration.
15.2.1 The Chief Measurer shall supervise all certified measurers, grant or reject measurement certificates, issue duplicates, collect transfer fees, sell plans and specifications, and answer questions on measurement rules. Subject to the approval of the Technical Advisory Board, he shall establish and maintain measurement standards, forms and techniques. He shall maintain liaison with the Technical Advisory Board, and may recommend to that board changes in Plans and Specifications.
Measurer, with the final approval of the C.M.C., may appoint
continental measurers. The continental measurer has the power to act on
behalf of the Chief Measurer at any Gold, Silver or Blue event.
15.3. The Marketing Manager shall advise the C.M.C. on all matters pertaining to advertising, promotion and publicity and shall work with the Communications Director as requested by the C.M.C. It shall take whatever action is appropriate to develop new fleets and shall maintain contact with all isolated members for that purpose.
Editor. The editor is responsible for the monthly publication of
Starlights and the compiling and editing of the annual LOG.
15.5. This paragraph is void.
15.6. Judiciary Board (J.B.) The J.B. shall consist of five members and one alternate, none of whom shall be an International or a Continental Officer. Four constitutes a quorum. A majority vote decides all questions. J.B. decisions are binding and cannot be appealed.
The C.M.C., subject to I.G.C. veto, shall each year appoint one member to serve for five years, and shall designate one of the members as chairman for the calendar year. If a vacancy occurs during the year a replacement shall be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term.
The J.B. shall:
15.6.1. Decide all appeals properly brought before it in accordance with Rules 38 and 39, including all Fleet decisions and any action affecting an individual’s membership in the ISCYRA
15.6.2. On request of a member of the I.G.C., the C.M.C. or a C.C., interpret any conflict or ambiguity in the Rules of the I.S.C.Y.R.A.
15.6.3. Conform the Rules of the I.S.C.Y.R.A. to incorporate all amendments passed by the membership.
15.6.4. Clarify the wording of the Rules of the I.S.C.Y.R.A. at any time without changing their intent or meaning.
15.6.5. Resolve any questions of authority arising between the International and Continental officers.
15.6.6. Advise the delegates at an annual meeting or the membership if it considers a proposed resolution to be improper.
15.7. The Regatta Manager, in cooperation with the Chief Measurer and others as required, shall take all actions necessary to improve the quality of all sanctioned events. The Regatta Manager shall prepare race management manuals and model instructions and conditions for use in sanctioned events. Sailing Instructions and conditions for Gold and Silver events must be submitted to the Regatta Manager for approval.
The organization of Gold and Silver events, including facilities on land and on the water, measurement, transport and social events shall be reviewed by the Regatta Manager. Wherever possible the Regatta Manager shall visit the venue of a Gold or Silver event to inspect and approve the organization of the event, such visit to take place not later than sixty days before the first race of the event
15.8 Sailing Committee - The Sailors' Voice. The Sailing Committee shall consist of a chairman and at least four members. All of them shall be active racing Star sailors taken from all levels of Star Class competition. It shall advise:
Class Management Committee on all matters;
16.1. An annual meeting shall be held at a time and place fixed by the I.G.C., which shall be during the period of and in the vicinity of the World’s Championship. If an annual meeting predicts a situation where any fleet or International Officer cannot assure fair representation, the I.G.C. may elect to postpone or reschedule the annual meeting. Any rescheduling of the annual meeting shall be posted on the Class website no sooner than 90 days prior.
16.2. Each fleet shall be responsible for the selection and instruction of a delegate or proxy, who shall present the fleet’s views and cast its votes. Alternate delegates or proxies may be named, but an order of preference must be specified, and only the highest present is entitled to vote.
16.3. The fleets present at an annual meeting shall constitute a quorum. Fleets answering the roll call shall be deemed present throughout the meeting.
16.4. Each fleet shall be entitled to cast one vote for each Star boat enrolled in that fleet and properly recorded with the Association by a separate active member in good standing. Membership books close ten days before the meeting or as ordered by the I.G.C. Any member may be heard; but only properly accredited delegates and proxies, duly authorized and certified, and isolated members shall vote on motions and must vote unless excused by the chair. Except when otherwise specified in the Star Class Association Rules a majority of the votes present shall decide all questions. In the event of a tie the chair shall cast the deciding vote.
16.5. The chair may fix a time limit on speakers and debate.
16.6. The order of business at an annual meeting shall be:
16.6.1. Call to order.
16.6.2. Reading of minutes.
16.6.3. Reports of association officers.
16.6.4. Ratification of the I.R.C. and I.J.
16.6.5. Ratification and revocation of fleet charters.
16.6.6. Unfinished business.
16.6.7. Proposed amendments.
16.6.8. Other new business and open discussion concerning current subjects of interest. .
16.7 Each delegate to annual meeting is entitled to vote on his own fleet’s behalf and for no more than 10 other fleets for which he holds properly granted proxies. IGC and CMC members are entitled to vote only on behalf of their own fleet.
17.1. Suspension. A member may be suspended by the I.G.C. for gross violation of the rules or for unsportsmanlike conduct, or, after due warning, for willful and persistent disregard of rulings. The duration of a suspension is fixed by the I.G.C., but may not exceed the I.G.C.’s own term of office unless the suspension is extended by the succeeding I.G.C. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a suspension may be terminated by majority vote at an annual meeting.
17.2. Expulsion. A member may be expelled only by 3/4 vote at an annual meeting.
18.1. Star Class Association Rules, Rules Governing Star Class sanctioned Events and Fleet Qualifications, and Plans and Specifications can never be suspended but may be amended, except as specified in Rule 18.2, by the following procedure: an amendment can be proposed only by a fleet meeting advance notice of which must have been sent to all its voting members. When the proposed resolution is sent to the Star Class Central Office, a copy of the letter of advance notice to fleet members must accompany the resolution. Also a statement as to how many voting members attended the meeting signed by fleet captain and secretary.
Each proposed amendment must next be filed with the C.M.C. at least 120 days prior to the date of the next annual meeting. It will then be automatically submitted by the C.M.C. to the JB for review. The resolution will then be published on the ISCYRA web page no later than 45 days before the next annual meeting, in order to be put on the agenda of or considered by that annual meeting.
The proposed amendment must then be approved by the majority vote at the annual meeting. It shall then be submitted to the active membership for vote. Enactment shall be by ballot of the active and life members and shall require a 2/3 vote of the members voting on the amendment. An enacted amendment shall take effect January 1 or the ensuing year, or 91 days after the annual meeting, whichever is later. Voting eligibility regulations are those of Rule 13.3 Members or groups, including I.G.C., for or against an approved resolution may set forth their views in Starlights.
18.1.1. An annual meeting itself can order the required advance publication of a proposed amendment for consideration the ensuing year.
18.1.2. An amendment to the Plans and Specifications shall require approval by the Technical Advisory Board before publication; but such an amendment disapproved by the Technical Advisory Board may be filed again the following year and shall then be published, and if it is approved by two successive annual meetings, shall be submitted to the active membership as hereinafter provided.
18.2. The basic principles of Rules 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Star Class Association Rules cannot be changed. No amendment can be passed which would render ineligible a yacht or an active member whose eligibility has been established under existing rules and whose status could not be changed to conform with the proposed amendment. An amendment retroactively affecting active members’ or fleets’ existing rights can be enacted only by a 3/4 vote of the total voting strength of the active membership.
18.2.1 The I.G.C. may, upon a majority vote of the IGC, waive or suspend a specific Star Class Rule within STCR 23 through 35, STCR 37 and STCR 40. Such waiver or suspension of Star Class Rules shall be approved by the I.G.C. and published on the Star Class web page not less than 90 days prior to any test Event and shall be effective only for a single Event. STCR 18.2.1 shall not be used to waive or suspend Star Class Rules 1 through 22, STCR 36, STCR 38 or STCR 39.
Dissolution. Upon the
dissolution of the Association, the I.G.C.
shall, after making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities
of the Association, dispose of all the assets of the Association
exclusively for the purposes of the Association in such manner, or to
such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively
for charitable educational, religious or scientific purposes, as shall
at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under
Section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the
corresponding provision of any future U.S. Internal Revenue Law) as the
I.G.C. shall determine. Any such assets not disposed of shall be
disposed of by the court of general jurisdiction of the country in
which the principle office of the Association is then located,
exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations,
as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated
exclusively for such purposes.