Constitution

1. Name
The name of the class association shall be the Phantom 295 Class Association. (PCA)

2. Insignia
The emblem of the class shall be the official Phantom 295 Class insignia.

3. Objects
The objects of the PCA are:
a) To provide a medium of exchange of information among Phantom 295 sailors throughout the world,
b) to enhance the enjoyment of fair one-design racing,
c) to develop and promote the class in all countries, and
d) to encourage and foster recreational as well as high level competitive sailing for all ages and abilities.

4. Policy
It shall be the policy of the Association:
a) to promote the interest of the Phantom 295 Class throughout the world,
b) to obtain and to maintain the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) recognition as an ISAF Class,
c) to be a Class Member of the IWA (International Windsurfing Association) and,
d) to co-ordinate and manage the affairs and rules of the class.

5. Terms and Definitions
Throughout these rules the following defined terms will be used:
a) PCA shall mean Phantom 295 Class Association.
b) Member National Authority (MNA) shall mean the organisation recognised by the ISAF to control and organise sailing in any country.
c) NPC shall mean the National Phantom 295 Class Association within a country and officially recognised by the PCA and the corresponding MNA.
d) Fleets shall mean any organization or club within a NPC of 10 or more windsurfers who are individual owners of Phantom 295 equipment, having access to localities where regular racing activities take place.
e) Class Rules are the rules relating to the equipment used for racing in the Phantom 295 Class. The ISAF is the only body with the power to make changes in the Class Rules upon proposals from the PCA.
f) Championship Rules are the “Event Rules” relating to how the events shall be run including formats, divisions and amendments to the Racing Rules of Sailing.
g) Copyright holder is Starboard Co.Ltd.
g) The council is the assembly of the NPC’s.

6. Membership
The following types of membership shall be recognised:
NPC Basic Membership: This gives one vote at the Class AGM, plus one vote at the IWA AGM, and allows two representatives of your country to take part in International (IWA sanctioned) class championships.
NPC Full Membership: This gives one vote at the Class AGM, plus one vote at the IWA AGM, but allows an unlimited number of representatives of your country to take part in International (IWA sanctioned) class championships (subject to qualification restrictions if applied).
Individual Membership: In cases of non-payment of the NPC Membership fees, competitors at class championships will be required to become individual members of the PCA.

7. Fees
The PCA shall be financed by:
a) membership fees,
b) sanction fees, being a share of event entry fees,
c) other fees.

Membership fees shall be determined by the Council, and are paid annually for a “calendar” year.

8. Management and Voting Rights
a) The PCA has authority over all activities of the Phantom 295 Class throughout the world, and its powers shall be vested in and carried out by the Council; comprised by the chairmen of each NPC, and a Starboard Co. Ltd. representative.
b) The Council shall elect from amongst themselves a President and a Vice President who shall hold office for two years. Re-election to either post is permitted.
c) The Council shall meet not less than once a year and the time and location of meetings may coincide with the holding of a world or a continental championship. Each Council member shall have one vote, and may nominate an “Alternate”. The President, or in his absence the Vice President, shall chair meetings of the council.
d) The Council may appoint a secretary of the PCA who shall be responsible for the management of all business of the PCA, subject to, and in accordance with, the constitutions and by-laws, including but not limited to:
- the coordination of all inter-regional activities,
- the organization of world and continental championships, and
- liaison between the PCA and all other sailing authorities.
e) The Council may appoint a Treasurer.
f) A Technical Representative of the PCA shall be authorized to discuss all technical matters, including Class Rules and Championship Rules with ISAF and other authorities.
g) Decisions of the Council shall be by a simple majority votes. In the case of equality of votes, the President may have a casting vote. Eight votes are required to constitute a quorum.

9. National Phantom Class Associations
a) The PCA may establish a NPC. The NPC shall appoint a Committee comprised of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Technical Representative and a Treasurer.
b) An NPC, whether established by the PCA or elsewhere established and recognized by the PCA, shall have those powers vested in it by this constitution, other than the power to amend this constitution and the Class Rules.
c) The Secretary of the NPC shall be responsible for all national matters in accordance with the direction of the its Committee, including:
- the co-ordination of national activities and events,
- liaison with the Secretary of the PCA, and
- maintenance of all national records including a register of members.
d) In the event that the Chairman shall be unable to attend any meeting at the Council, the Secretary, or any other nominated member of the committee, may attend and vote on his behalf.
e) Nothing shall preclude an Officer of an NPC, also serving as Officer of the PCA.
f) An NPC may constitute by-laws necessary for it to carry out its functions and responsibilities, and copies of such by-laws shall be passed on to the Secretary of the PCA.

10. Fleets
a) Fleets may be established within an NPC.
b) A fleet captain may be elected annually from among its members, and shall be responsible for the organization of the fleet and the due compliance by the members of the Fleet. He shall report any event or activity directly to the National Secretary.

11. Provisions
a) This constitution came into force on the date of the approval thereof by the interim council of the PCA, at …………………………………
b) On coming into force, each NPC and Fleet shall be deemed to be such within the meaning of this constitution, and all officers and Fleet Captains shall be deemed to be the officers under this constitution until their successors have been appointed or elected, as the case may be.