A request has been submitted to the Class Chairman and Secretary calling for a special general meeting of the International Etchells Class. This is permitted by the Class Association Rules section 8.B. The required signatures accompanied the submitted request. The signatures came from class members from AUS, CAN, GBR, USA and represented both Corinthian and non-Corinthian members.

The submission has been reviewed by the members of the Class International Governing Committee and all proposed changes have the overwhelming support of the governors.

The submission put forward three proposed changes to the Class Rules.
1)      Eliminate Annual sail acquisition limitations (delete Class Rules C.10.3 and section H.1)
2)      Eliminate the use/need of sail cards
3)     Add a sail royalty requirement (proposed addition of G.2.2(b) as follows: Effective January 1, 2020, a unique IECA sail royalty tag must be permanently affixed to every new sail near the tack for mainsails and jibs and in the head for spinnakers. It is the obligation of the sailmaker to buy these sail royalty tags from the IECA Office at a price approved by the IGC from time to time for each sail.  It is not an Etchells sail unless the sail royalty appears thereon. Royalty tags shall not be transferred from one sail to another.

The special general meeting will be held on December 7, 2019 at 1800 during the Louis Piana Cup Regatta at the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club in Miami, Florida. At that time, if a minimum of 21 Active members are present to constitute a quorum, the three proposed changes will be discussed and a straw vote may be taken. If approved, the proposed changes will go to the full active membership for a vote electronically over a 30 day period. Approval of the proposed changes would only occur if approved by a 2/3 majority of the votes submitted.