I'm interested to hear from people what they would want in an Australian Multihull Association. If it had a narrow enough range of issues that it is designed to tackle I think it's a good idea. If it's too broad in focus I don't think it could operate without paid staff but if it's just focused on a few key issues then it could be successful. What structure would such an association adopt? Inclusive sounds good to me OTB multihulls are the most popular out there and perhaps they could benefit from some national representation as well.
I mentioned in an earlier post that in my view a formal structure will be needed if this is to have any legs.
Here below is my "straw man" outlining one option for a way forward if someone is prepared to pick up the ball and run with it (not me!). Text in square brackets is explanatory.
AUSTRALIAN MULTIHULL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
To provide a national forum to facilitate the growth, development and enhancement of the sport of Multihull Yacht sailing in Australia.
1. Represent at a national level, the interests of Australian multihull yacht owners in the areas of multihull racing and multihull cruising.
2. Provide advocacy for issues pertinent to the efficient and effective development of multihull yacht sailing in Australia [Note: this may include matters such as insurance, ISAF regs. etc]
3. Act as a single point of contact for a range of industry stakeholders including manufacturers, regulators, YA, boating industry etc.
4. As required, assist state or regional based multihull clubs and associations with the running of local regattas, state or national championships.
5. Provide a focal point for consideration of views concerning the development of the OMR rating system
6. Other matters of relevance to the Association’s Purpose.
1. The Australian Multihull Owners Association to be established as a “not for profit” incorporated body [this can be done under various State bodies eg NSW or QLD Fair Trading, VIC Consumer Affairs and provides a number of advantages and safeguards, but also imposes certain legal obligations]
2. National Association Members to be local multihull clubs or associations paying an annual membership fee to the National Association [fees to be collected from their own club/association members – say a nominal amount of $20 per member per annum]
3. Each National Association Member to nominate a maximum of two people to provide input to the National Association on behalf of their own members. The total number of nominees will form the National Association “Caucus”.
4. A Management Committee to be established – initially comprising three (honorary) positions: President, vice President, Secretary.
5. Initial task for the Management Committee is to create the Association and support infrastructure including website. [may require legal and other advice/assistance]
6. Communication between the Management Committee and Caucus conducted largely by email [An annual meeting of the Caucus is likely to be required]
7. Communication with the broader membership to be conducted via the Association’s website