Articles of Association
I - NAME
The name of
this Association shall be SANTANA 20 CLASS ASSOCIATION, hereinafter called the
ARTICLE II - OBJECT
The object of
the Association shall be to maintain the one-design features of the Santana 20
according to its plans and specifications and these Articles and Bylaws, and to
promote class racing and such other yachting activities as will benefit the
members of the Association.
ARTICLE III - POLICY
of the Association shall be:
- To cooperate with other yachting organizations and, in
return, to insist on strict observance and compliance with the rules of
the Santana 20 Class Association.
- To keep the cost of acquisition and upkeep of Santana
20 class sloops within modest limits without sacrificing high standards of
performance and seaworthiness.
- To promote and maintain a one-design class of Santana
20 sloops divided into two types represented by the fin keel and the
winged keel versions as produced by the W. D. Schock
Corporation and licensees in which racing shall be to determine the skill
of the skipper and the crew under uniform rules and specifications.
IV - JURISDICTION
- The Association has jurisdiction over all Santana 20
Class activities. Its Articles and Bylaws shall govern all Santana 20
Class races regardless of by whom they are held, and are binding upon all
members and Fleets.
- Permission must be obtained from the Association prior
to eliminating or deviating from any requirement of these Articles and
Bylaws in racing a Santana 20 Class sloop.
- All events involving racing within the territorial
waters of a Fleet shall be sanctioned by the Fleet through its elected
- All disputes or issues involving the interpretation of
these Articles and Bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the Governing
Board of the Association for resolution and the decisions of the Governing
Board shall be final and binding upon all officers, Members, and Fleets of
- The Association shall not be liable for any debts
contracted by its officers, Fleet officers, or members other than
expenditures authorized by the budget or upon written order of the
President and Treasurer.
- The Association reserves the right to declare
ineligible any yacht which does not conform to the SPIRIT as well as the
letter of these Articles and Bylaws, and the specifications and drawings
of the Santana 20.
V - FLEET CHARTERS
- The Fleet is a territorial unit open
to all eligible persons within its area. It elects its own officers, which
must include a Fleet Secretary. The Fleet is self-governing in all local
matters not conflicting with these Association Articles and Bylaws, and
has the authority to accept or reject application for Fleet Membership.
- Fleet Charters may be granted upon application to the
Governing Board by three (3) or more owners who are Members in good
standing of the Association and not within the territory of any organized
- Fleet Charters by be granted, suspended and reinstated
by the Governing Board, but may be revoked only at an annual meeting of
the Association. Grounds for suspension and revocation of Fleet Charters
- Failure to maintain in good
standing at least three (3) yachts;
- Failure to pay the prescribed
dues to the Association;
- Failure to file an annual
report to Fleet Members by February 15 of each calendar year;
- Failure to comply with the
provisions of these Articles and Bylaws.
- Suspended Fleets, Members and ineligible yachts shall
be notified of such suspension and the grounds of suspension; and while
such suspension is in effect, may not participate in any event conducted
in whole or in part for the Santana 20 Class, its Members or its Fleets.
VI - GOVERNING BOARD
- The Board of Directors shall be known as the Governing
Board; and shall consist of all executive officers,
the immediate past president, the district secretaries and the other
directors specified in Article VII and shall serve for a term as specified
- For purposes of doing business, a quorum shall consist
of a majority of the Board, excluding the district secretaries.
- The Governing Board shall conduct all business,
determine policy of the Santana 20 Class Association and shall serve as
the last court of appeals in disputes involving these Articles and Bylaws.
- The Governing Board shall meet at such time and place
as may be specified by the President or a majority of the members of the
- The Governing Board has the authority to enforce its
decisions by suspension of entire Fleets or individual members. The Board
shall sanction or ban races, grant or revoke Fleet Charters and suspend
members guilty of gross violation of rules or unsportsmanlike conduct. Its
rulings shall be binding and final. A three-fourths majority vote shall
decide such issues.
VII - EXECUTIVE BOARD
- The Executive Officers and Directors of the Santana 20
Class Association and their respective duties shall be as follows:
- PRESIDENT - The President is
the Chief Executive. He shall preside at meetings, serve as Chairman of
the Governing Board, rule on procedure and jurisdiction, summarize
decisions, appoint special committees, determine the time and place for meetings
of the Governing Board and authorize payments of bills not exceeding
$50.00, payment of those in excess of $50.00 being approved for payment
by a three-fourths majority vote.
- VICE PRESIDENT - The Vice
President shall officiate in the absence of the President and is in
charge of the Class Championship Regatta.
- SECRETARY - The Secretary
shall handle all correspondence, record the minutes of meetings and
maintain an accurate and current record of members, Fleets and Fleet
Officers. He shall notify the membership of special events, decisions
affecting policy, banned races, suspended members and/or Fleets and
ineligible Santana 20 sloops.
- TREASURER - The Treasurer
shall maintain financial records and securities of the Association. He
shall deposit funds and disburse funds only on order of the President
with the approval of the Governing Board when in excess of $50.00.
- CHIEF MEASURER - The Chief
Measurer shall be in charge of all certified measurers on the Measurement
Committee assembled for the Class Championship Regatta. He shall grant or
reject all measurement certificates, issue duplicates and answer all
questions from Fleet Measurers regarding measurement rules. He shall
interpret the rules and regulations on matters not specifically covered
in the official plans and specifications. Such rulings shall be subject
to approval of the Governing Board. The Chief Measurer shall not approve
changes in construction specifications, sail plan or rigging. Rulings of
the Chief Measurer approved by the Board shall be included in the Annual
Report of the Chief Measurer.
- OTHER DIRECTORS - There shall
be two other Directors and they shall evaluate and make recommendations
to the Governing Board regarding:
- Changes in the Articles and
Bylaws of the Association.
- Organization of special
committees, including publicity, nominations, activities and membership.
- SCHOCK COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE
- In recognition of Tom Schock's services to
the Santana 20 Class, he shall hold the office of Honorary Director
permanently. He may vote.
- All officers and directors, excluding Tom Schock, shall be elected at the annual meeting of the
Association for a term commencing with the annual meeting and expiring at
the conclusion of the next annual meeting. Each shall be nominated,
seconded and voted upon separately by the fleet delegates in the order
named. Candidates shall be presented by the Chairman of the Nominating
Committee who shall be the Immediate Past President.
- An Executive Officer or Director may resign his office
by sending written notice to the Board of Directors. Any such resignation
shall become effective upon acceptance of the Board of Directors.
- Any member of the Board of Directors who fails to
attend three (3) consecutive Board meetings without adequate excuse to the
President prior to the meeting shall be deemed to have requested
resignation from the Board.
- A vacancy occurring in any elective office, except that
of President shall be filled by appointment by the President with approval
of the Board for the unexpired term. In case of a vacancy in the office of
President, the Vice President shall become President for the unexpired
VIII - DISTRICTS
- A District shall be a geographical area as defined by
the Board of Directors.
- District Officers:
- DISTRICT SECRETARY - The
District Secretary shall be a member of the Governing Board and shall
have general supervision over all Santana 20 Class Association activities
in the District. He shall coordinate policy and decisions of the Governing
Board with each Fleet in the District.
- The District Secretary shall
be selected by the Governing Board and shall serve during the ensuing
IX - MEETINGS
- The Association shall conduct an annual meeting at such
time and place as may be determined by the Governing Board. The Governing
Board shall set a time and place for the Annual Meeting which coincides
with the time and place of the Class Championship Regatta.
- Special meeting of the Association may be called by the
Governing Board and shall be called upon petition in writing by at least
twenty-five percent (25%) of the active Fleets of the Association to the
Governing Board. The time and place of special meetings in all cases shall
be fixed by the Governing Board.
- Notice must be sent to the last recorded Secretary of
each Fleet and shall be deposited into the mails not later than fifteen
(15) days before the time of such meeting. The notice of a meeting shall
describe the purpose of the meeting and the business to be transacted at such
meeting. If the business of the meeting calls for voting by mail,
arrangements for such voting shall be made according to the rules
established by the Governing Board.
- Representatives of one-half of the Fleets in good
standing shall constitute a quorum at meetings. If a quorum exists at Roll
Call, it exists throughout the session of the meeting.
- The membership of each Fleet shall select and instruct
a delegate. If unable to send a delegate, the Fleet shall sign and deliver
to the Secretary of the Association, a duly authorized proxy to present
the Fleet's views and cast its votes at all meetings. If any Fleet does
not send a delegate or deliver a proxy as set forth above, the Governing
Board shall cast the votes to which such fleet is entitled.
- Any number of alternates or proxies may be named, but
the first in order present shall be the only entitled to cast the Fleet's
votes. Only those alternates or proxies properly certified in writing by
the proper Fleet officers will be recognized.
- Each Fleet shall be entitled to cast one vote for each
Santana 20 Class sloop enrolled in that Fleet, which has been properly
recorded with the Association by an active member in good standing. No
Fleet is entitled to more than thirty-three and one third percent (33 1/3%)
of the total number of votes cast. No more than one vote shall be allowed
for any one member no matter how many Santana 20 Class sloops he may own.
Membership books close thirty (30) days before the annual meeting or as
ordered by the Governing Board.
- Members may be heard, but only accredited delegates,
proxies, alternates and unattached members shall vote on motions. All
Fleet delegates or unattached members must vote on each motion unless
excused by the Chairman of the Annual Meeting. A majority of votes cast
shall decide all questions not otherwise stipulated and the Chair shall
cast the one deciding vote in case of a tie and may fix a time limit on
speakers and debate on motions.
- The order of business at annual meetings shall be:
- Call to Order
- Roll Call of Fleets
- Minutes of Last Meeting
- Report of Executive Officers
- Report of Charters Granted and
- Ratification of Governing
- Unfinished Business
- New Business
- Election of Officers
X - AMENDMENTS
- These Articles and Bylaws may never be suspended but
may be amended at any meeting of the Association by a fifty-one percent
(51%) majority vote of all paid members in good standing through their
fleet delegates at the meeting.
- Proposed amendments of the Articles of Association and
Bylaws shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Association
not later than forty-five (45) days before the date such amendments are to
be considered at the Annual Meeting or at any special meeting of the
Association and must be included in the notice which shall be mailed to
the general membership not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of
- The Governing Board shall have the authority to
simplify, clarify or correct the language of any Article hereof or
amendment hereto so long as the intent and
purpose thereof remain unchanged.
- Proposed amendments to these Articles and Bylaws shall
be submitted by the Governing Board.
- A proposed change may be initiated by a majority vote
of the delegates present at the Annual Class Meeting. The proposed change
will be voted on at the next Annual Class Meeting.
- These Articles and Bylaws may be amended by the written
consent of the majority of members. Fleets shall give such consent only
upon vote of members at a meeting thereof or written consent of a majority
of the fleet.
XI - MEMBERSHIP
- Applications for membership in the Association shall be
made through the Fleet in whose jurisdiction or territory the applicant
normally sails; and if no Fleet has jurisdiction over such territory, then
such application shall be directly to the Association. A member of this
Association not in the Fleet shall be known as an Unattached
- A member while in good standing of this Association
shall be eligible to race in any sanctioned race. He/She shall be required
to conform to the local Fleet rules and regulations and shall hold an
"Official Certificate of Measurement" and a current Santana 20
Class Association membership card.
- Any member may be expelled from the Santana 20 Class
Association only by three-quarters (3/4) vote at an Annual Meeting.
- Except for participation in a Class Championship
Regatta, a participant in a sanctioned event shall be allowed thirty (30) days
from the time he acquired his Santana 20 to meet all measurement and
membership requirements of the Association, but shall be subject to
protest and, if that boat, equipment, and sails do not meet the
requirements of these Bylaws, disqualification.
- Members who are delinquent in either Fleet or
Association dues shall be ineligible and disqualified from racing until
the dues are paid. Members who race when delinquent in their dues may be
- When a member ceases to be a
Santana 20 Class sloop owner, current membership status shall be retained,
along with racing eligibility, until the end of the calendar period when
his dues are payable again.
- A member cannot belong to more
than one Fleet at one time nor can a Santana 20 Class sloop be registered
in more than one Fleet at one time.
- Membership shall be of three
a) REGULAR MEMBER – An owner of a
qualified Santana 20 Class sloop who shall have voting privileges in the
Association. An owner must be able
to prove ownership in the boat.
b) ASSOCIATE MEMBER – Any
interested person who pays dues who shall not have voting privileges. An Associate Member shall be eligible to
skipper a Santana 20 only if it is registered with the Association by a Regular
c) AFFILIATE MEMBER – Any
interested person who normally sails outside the U.S. An Affiliate Member is ineligible to
receive the Year Book; is ineligible to enter fleet, district, or regional
championship regattas held within U.S. boundaries; and is ineligible
to enter the Class Championship Regatta.
9. Only one Regular Member per boat
shall be eligible to vote. Regular
and Associate Members only shall be allowed to touch the helm except in
emergency cases. Each membership
shall include the member’s spouse and children under the age of 18.
- A skipper who is not an Association Member may be a guest of one sponsoring
Santana 20 Fleet for one regatta or series per year, with the exception of any
event of the status of fleet championship or higher. The guest must obtain the
approval of the sponsoring Fleet Captain or Secretary prior to racing in the
regatta or series. Guest skipper names will be submitted to the Association
Secretary within one (1) month after the regatta or series begins. The boat
used by a guest must conform to measurements and be owned by an Association
XII - DUES
- The annual dues of the Association shall be:
b) Associate Member: $25.00
c) Affiliate Member: $15.00
The Governing Board may approve discounts and incentives to
- Fleet dues shall be prescribed
by the Fleet and shall be retained by that Fleet.
- Association dues are collected by the Fleet
Secretary/Treasurer and forwarded to the Association Secretary with
identification of Members and related yachts on or before October 15 of
each year, or in the case of new Members, within fifteen (15) days of
- The Secretary of the Association shall issue current
membership cards to all Members in good standing.