Sailing: 1989 CC21 Class Constitution


The organization shall be known as the CC21 Class Association (CC21CA). It is a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Maine, USA.


The insignia of the CC21 Class shall be


The emblem of CC21 is as illustrated on the cover of the Rule Book.


To promote racing of sailboats of the CC21 Class properly regulated to insure that all boats have identical racing capabilities to as great a degree as possible.


The association shall have jurisdiction over all CC21 activities and these shall include: (a) establishment of a proper constitution and by-laws (b) regulation of all rules and restrictions established to insure the above stated purpose (c) the collection of necessary fees from the members to assure the continuation of the CC21 Class and to provide management of the Class activities as required.


Membership is open to owners ofCC21 Class sailboats which have been properly measured and are currently registered and in compliance with the requirements of the CC 21 Class.


The association shall consist of members usually organized into Fleets. These may be members of one yacht club or where more practical. from several yacht clubs in an area. A member may be unattached to a regular CC2l Fleet where formation of an official Fleet is impracticable.


A new Fleet may be granted a charter and Fleet number from CC21CA upon application to the General Secretary. Such application can only be made after the Fleet has been provisionally organized and the necessary Fleet officers and measurer elected to office in accordance with the CC21CA Rule Book. A charter may be refused by the Association.


Each Fleet number shall be assigned according to the order of application and the charter shall be automatically renewed from year to year until revoked by the association.


Whenever there are five or more boats of the Class all built to conform to the rules, a Fleet may be formed. Such fleets shall be headed by a Fleet Captain elected by the owners. There shal1 be a Measurer or Measurement Committee for each Fleet, also elected by the owners. Meetings may be called by the Fleet Captains either at regular intervals or at the request of three or more members of such Fleets. A quorum shall consist of at least thirty-three (33%) percent of the owners of measured boats of the Class in person or by proxy. In Fleets with less than thirty (30) owners a quorum shall not exist without the presence of fifty (50%) of the Owners in person or by proxy. Vacancies occurring among the officers of a Fleet shall be filled by an election as soon as possible after the vacancy. It is recommended that Fleet officers be elected for a 2-year term. taking office January 1st of each even-numbered year.

A new Fleet may organize with a three boat minimum under a temporary charter for one year; the second year. they can have an official Fleet with only four boats; the third year five boats or no Fleet; the charter to be granted by the Association.

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In cases where a Fleet is formed within the membership of a yacht club, the Fleet Captain and Measurer shall function according to the Class rules and the Fleet shall live up to the

Class rules in every way.


Each Fleet is encouraged to subdivide according to age and skill A Junior Fleet should be enthusiastically encouraged. trained. supported and promoted. A sailor may be considered a Junior until his eighteenth birthday. The Junior Fleet shall come under jurisdiction of its Senior Fleet but may elect its own officers and hold its own meetings and point score races exactly like any other Fleet but shall not be recognized as a Fleet by this Association. Junior Fleets shall be fully amenable to the Class rules, restrictions, etc.


Each Fleet Captain shall be responsible for the filing with the General Secretary of complete results of at least five Point Scoring Races each year upon the form approved by the Association.


A charter may be revoked after it has been issued for failure to maintain a good standing, falling below the minimum quota of boats, or for violation of the Class Constitution, By-Laws or restrictions. Fleets which permit non-measured and nonpaid-up boats to race may have their charters revoked.


Fleets which have been suspended from membership in the Association shall have no rights to file race results with the General Secretary and the members of such Fleets shall have no right to compete in any regattas held for boats of the Class or in any open regattas in which the boats of regularly chartered Fleets take part. Suspended Fleets shall have no rights whatever in this Association and cannot be reinstated into membership until proof is submitted that they will comply with all the Class rules.


Full membership shall be limited to the owners and co-owners of registered CC21 Class boats which conform to the restrictions of the Class.


Application for membership in this Association either by individuals or by Fleets implies that the applicants agree to abide by all Class Rules.


A member of the Association in good standing shall be entitled to the Class emblem, to participate in races held by the Fleet of which he or she is a member, and in such other regattas held under the jurisdiction of the Association as he or she may qualify to enter, and to enjoy the advantages to CC21 owners afforded by the organization and management of the Association.


Associate membership shall be available to non-boatowners. Such members shall not have the right to participate in races.


Each owner of a CC21 Class boat shall pay to the Association dues applicable to his location, the amount being determined by the board of Governors. Such dues are to be paid by the owners of boats already holding measurement certificates within thirty days after the start of their local Fleet’s racing season. In the case of a co-owner, each co-owner pays the same amount.

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If the owner of a measured boat of the Class shall fail to pay his dues within one month of the start of his Fleet’s official racing season, such boat shall become ineligible to race. Such an owner shall lose his membership in this Association and all rights connected therewith. In the case of new boats launched after the expiration of the thirty days of grace, the owner may have his boat registered and measured and take part in the remaining point score races. If such procedure is not followed, the boat may not race in any open or closed races unless special permission is granted by the Fleet and approved by the General Secretary.


A member suspended for non-payment of dues may be reinstated when current dues have been paid in full.


The officers of the Association shall be a Commodore, a Vice Commodore, a Rear Commodore and a General Secretary. The Commodore shall be the chief executive

officer of the Association and shall enforce its laws and execute the orders and policies promulgated by the Board of Governors.


The General Secretary shall be elected by an absolute majority of the Board of Governors. He or she shall serve until discharged by an absolute majority of the Board of Governors. The duties of the General Secretary are to maintain the files and correspondence of the Association; to edit and cause to be published the Official Rule Book and CC21 Class NEWSLETTER and such other publications as the Board of Governors shall from time to time prescribe. The General Secretary shall not serve as a voting member of the Board of Governors. He shall receive compensation at a rate which the Board of Governors shall from time to time prescribe.


The Association shall be governed in all matters except as provided herein by a Board of Governors comprised of the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, the

General Secretary and six (6) members-at-large. There shall be two additional members, one shall advise on legal matters and have the title of Counselor, and the other is the

Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee. No member of the Board of Governors shall be engaged in building CC21 boats or sails professionally.

The General Secretary shall maintain an agenda for the Board of Governors. Members of the Board of Governors may place items on the agenda by submission to the General

Secretary. On the first of March, June, September and December, the General Secretary shall prepare for distribution and forward by the end of each said month to each member of the Board of Governors the current agenda, a ballot and such correspondence received pertaining to items on the agenda or other matter requested for such distribution by any member of the Board of Governors. The ballot shall make provision for a yes, a no, a table, and an amend position on each item on the agenda except as provided herein. The General Secretary shall count as officially cast all ballots signed by a Board member and received by him by the 15th of May, August, November or February for the March, June, September or December ballot, respectively. Agenda items shall be considered to have passed when the General Secretary has recorded a majority of yes votes on officially cast ballots except as provided herein. If any item is amended, it shall be carried forward to the next agenda along with the proposed amendments. The amendments shall be voted upon and the item as amended carried forward to the following agenda for final vote. Additional amendments can be offered only once. Any item failing to pass after appearing with or without amendments on five (5) successive agendas shall be considered to have failed. No item substantially similar to an item which has failed to pass shall be added to the agenda within one year of the date of its failure to pass except at the request of an absolute majority of the Board of Governors. All proposals related to the Class Rules and Restrictions must first be referred to the Rules Committee which shall report the proposal and its advice within six (6) months of its referral, which proposal shall become an item of the agenda.

The General Secretary shall place on the agenda as tentative items those actions necessary for the administration of the Class. Any Fleet Captain may with a signed petition. Have the right to place tentative items on the agenda. Tentative items shall be so designated on the accompanying ballot and provision made for a yes, a no, an amend, an include for the next agenda, or a drop from consideration position. Tentative items receiving unanimous yes or no votes with no amendments shall be considered enacted or defeated, respectively.

The Commodore on the petition of an absolute majority of the members of the Board of Governors shall call an official meeting of the Board of Governors. The Commodore shall choose a time and place of the meeting which shall be held within three (3) months if petitioned, and the General Governors at least thirty (30) days in advance. Every attempt should be made to schedule any such meeting in conjunction with a major championship to facilitate attendance. A Quorum shall be an absolute majority of the Board of Governors. The General Secretary shall present the current agenda for consideration at the meeting. Except as provided herein, items may be added and voted upon provided each receives as absolute majority of votes of the entire Board of Governors. Items already on the agenda may be amended and voted upon by a majority of those present. Any item as amended by the meeting which fails to receive a majority vote of those present but mathematically could receive a majority of the whole Board of Governors must be retained on the agenda at the request of any member present at the meeting.

The General Secretary shall publish an accurate and fair summary of the agenda of the Board of Governors in the CC21 NEWSLETTER and shall report the status and disposition of all items. He shall report a summary of the Board’s deliberations to the membership as accurately as possible.


The Board of Governors shall have the sole power to nominate and elect the Officers of the Association for the ensuing term, such election to take place as soon as feasible after the general meeting held at the Championship Races.

Nomination of members for office may be made by nominating committee appointed by the Commodore, and these may be supplemented by any member of the Board of Governors.

Officers shall be elected for one year, or until their successors are duly elected. The member-at-large shall be elected by the Board of Governors to serve three (3) year terms. Two members-at-large shall be elected each year. Generally they will assume the office as of January 1st of each year.


In cases where officers of this Association or of a Fleet have been proven to be remiss in their duties, they maybe removed from office upon vote of the Board of Governors.


The Board of Governors shall appoint a Rules Committee. The chairman and vice chairman of which are members of said Board, but the vice chairman shall not be entitled to a vote on the Board. This Committee shall have power to re-word or clarify any rule or restriction whenever its meaning is deemed not clear or unfair. Proposed changes shall be circulated to all members of the Rules Committee for comments and recommendations, and these shall be submitted to the Board of Governors for action. Rules changes may take effect only on January 1st of each leap year (l984, 1988, etc.) and then only if submitted to the Board as agenda items by June 1st of the preceding year. Each proposed rule change must appear on at least two agendas, with amendments offerable on the first circulation, and a vote on the amendments on the second or final vote on the change if no amendments were offered. Consideration at a properly called meeting of the Board may count as the second or third agenda appearance. Changes can be made at times other than the specified four-year intervals where the Board considers them to be of extreme urgency. An absolute majority of the Board is required for formal passage.

Whenever a “circular letter” from the Rules Committee over the signature of the chairman appears in the CC21 NEWSLEITER, the corrections, interpretations, or simplifications appearing therein shall become part of the OFFICIAL RULE BOOK.


Proposed amendments to Constitution or By-Laws, Rule Changes, etc. must be submitted to the Executive Secretary no later than June 1st of each year for consideration by the Board of Governors and Rules Committee.


Geographic areas may be divided into districts for more effective promotion of the CC21 Class, if considered desirable by the General Secretary.


Each district shall elect a District Secretary. Each District Secretary will serve for two years and is eligible for reelection. New office will begin January 1st of even-numbered years. The District Secretary shall be the official representative of the Association in his/her district and will act as directed liaison between the General Secretary and the Fleets of his/her district. All correspondence, dues, race results and other Association matters are to be handled through the District Secretary. The District Secretary shall not have powers to interpret the restrictions of the Class, such work to be entirely done by the Rules Committee, but it shall be the duty of the District Secretary to submit such problems to the Rules Committee for settlement. However, the District Secretary does have the authority to approve or disapprove the appointment of measurers in his/her district. District Secretaries, being direct representatives of the Association, shall promote inter-fleet racing and shall in general, have full charge of CC21 activities in the district they represent. They shall, in cooperation with the General Secretary, approve or disapprove the applications for fleet charters and regatta sanctions. A District Secretary may establish procedural rules for the administration of the Class within his country. Such procedures may be reviewed by the Board of Governors and modified by the Board if deemed appropriate.

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