International Haka Class Association

1 – NAME
The name of the Association shall be
Head Office – Mühlegasse 18, 6340 Baar – SWITZERLAND

The emblem of the Class shall be the HAKA symbol.
The insignia of the officers shall be those prescribed by By-Law.

The objects of the Association are
1 To provide a medium of exchange of information among HAKA rowers throughout the world and to enhance the enjoyment of these row boats.
2 To promote and develop HAKA class racing in all countries, under uniform rules.
3 To encourage and foster the enjoyment of the sporting and recreational aspects of rowing.

It shall be the policy of the Association to maintain the HAKA as the epitome of a strict one-design class of rowing boat.


The Association has authority over all activities of the HAKA Class throughout the world, and its powers shall be vested in and carried out by the World Council.


6 – HWC: HAKA World Council
1 The Association shall be governed by the HWC comprised of the Chairman , the Executive Secretary, the two appointed members of the Advisory Council, and such additional officers to be appointed by the Council for such term as it may from time to time determine. Each officer shall be a member of the Association.
2 The HWC shall meet not less frequently than once per year The time and location of meetings shall, if possible, coincide with the holding of a world championship meet.
3 The HWC Council shall elect from amongst themselves, the President and Vice-President of the Association who shall hold office until their successors are elected to office.
4 The Executive Secretary shall be appointed by the elected members of the HWC and shall hold office for such term and upon such conditions as the HWC shall decide.
5 He shall be situated at the Head Office of the Association and shall be responsible for the management of all business of the Association, subject to and in accordance with the Constitution, By-Laws and the direction of the HWC, including

a The co-ordination of all inter-regional activities,
b Tthe organisation of all activities relating to World Championships,
c Liaison between the Association, the FISA and all other sport authorities, and
d Liaison between the membership and the Chief Measurer.

6 The HWC shall appoint, for such term as it shall decide, a Chief Measurer for the Association who shall rule on all questions and challenges relating to the Rules, and shall issue Interpretations thereof deemed necessary by him. All such Interpretations shall be binding until approved, rejected, or modified by decision of the HWC l, duly published to the members of the Association.

1 The HWC may, as and when it deems it convenient for the administration of the affairs of the association within a substantial area where several Districts are or may be established, constitute such area as a Region.
2 The HWC , upon establishing a Region, shall appoint a Regional Executive Committee comprised of a Regional Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Executive Secretary, to hold office until their successors are elected.
3 The Regional Executive Committee shall have those powers, vested in the HWC by this Constitution (other than the power to amend the Rules or this Constitution) as are specifically delegated to the Regional Executive by the Regional By-Law, including the power to appoint additional officers for such term as it may from time to time determine.
4 The Regional Executive officers, other than the Executive Secretary, shall be elected annually by vote of the Chairman (or other officer authorized by him if he is unable to attend) of each District at the annual Regional meeting to be held at the head office of the Region or such other place as the Regional Executive Committee shall determine, and shall hold office until their successors are elected, and nothing shall preclude one of the District Chairman as also acting as the Regional Chairman. Each officer shall be a member of the Association.
5 The Regional Executive Secretary shall be appointed by the elected members of the Regional Executive Committee, and shall hold office for such term and upon such conditions as the Regional Executive Committee shall decide. He shall be responsible for the management of the business of the Region, subject to and in accordance with the Regional Executive By-Law and the direction of the Regional Executive Committee, including.

a The co-ordination of inter-District activities and events
b Liaison with the Executive Secretary of the World Council
c Issuance of Fleet Charters
d Maintenance of all records of the Region
e Maintenance of all membership records and information, unless such duties are delegated to the District Secretary.

6 The HWC may subdivide a Region into one or more Regions, may amalgamate two or more Regions or may add Districts to or delete Districts from any Region from time to time as may be required for the effective administration of the Association.
7 In the event that a Regional Chairman shall be unable to attend any meeting of the HWC, the Executive Secretary of the Region or such any other member of the Regional Executive Committee nominated for that purpose may attend and represent the Chairman and vote at such meeting of the HWC.
8 Nothing shall preclude the Executive Secretary of a Region also serving as Executive Secretary of the HWC.
9 The Regional Executive Committee may make By-Laws, subject to the provisions of this Constitution and the Regional Executive By-Laws of the HWC , for any purpose necessary to carry out the functions and responsibilities of such Region, and copies of all such By-Laws as are from time to time passed by any Regional Executive shall be filed with the Executive Secretary of the HWC.

The HWC, on the recommendation of a Regional Executive Committee where applicable, shall by By-Law establish Districts in distinctive areas deemed appropriate and relevant, having regard to all considerations, including geography, language, distance, and population, for the development of the HAKA Class and the fulfillment of the objects of the Association.

A Fleet may be granted a charter upon application to the Regional Executive Committee (or the HWC where the locality is outside a Region) by 6 or more members of the Association who are individual owners of HAKA within any area or club deemed appropriate, having regard to the locality where regular racing activity is easily accessible to members of that Fleet.

1 Any person may become a member of the Association by making application to the Executive Secretary, or the appropriate Regional Executive Secretary or District Secretary, as the case may be, and payment of the prescribed Association dues, provided that he has not been disqualified from membership for cause by decision of the HWC Council or under suspension from membership.
2 An application for membership implies that the applicant undertakes and agrees to be bound by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association upon being accepted to membership.
3 A member of the Association ipso facto belongs to the District in which he normally rows, even though such place may not be his permanent residence; but such member, for valid reason and with the approval of both District Chairmen, may select instead the District in which he has permanent residence.
4 A member of the Association may become a member only of the Fleet in his District where he normally sails for the purpose of qualification, where required, for sanctioned events; and any dispute shall be settled by decision of the District Association which decision shall be final.
5 The HWC may grant honorary membership in the Association, for such period as it determines, to any person who, through special contribution to the Class or through special relationship to the Association, is considered meritorious.
6 The HWC may grant an honorary life membership to any member who has achieved, in the opinion of the HWC, international stature as a result of his rowing achievements.
7 An honorary and an honorary life member are entitled to full privileges of membership, but are not required to pay the annual dues of the Association.
8 Membership in the Association shall not be open to any company, partnership, group or other association unless specifically authorized in any case or class of cases by the HWC; and the HWC may impose such terms, conditions or qualifications to any such membership as it shall deem appropriate.

11 – DUES
1 Association dues shall be in the amount determined by and shall be payable within the time prescribed by By-Law of each Region or District, as determined by the HWC l, and shall include all amounts required for HWC, Region and District purposes as determined by each authority.
2 The Association may ask for special contribution in addition to dues, provided any such contribution shall be for a specific purpose and shall not be mandatory.
3 Dues shall be collected by the Regional Executive Secretary, but the HWC may direct the District Secretary to collect such dues under such terms and conditions as to reporting and accounting as may be required.

1 A member may be suspended by the HWC, on the recommendation of a District Association, for gross violation of the Rules and By-Laws, for committing an unlawful act in relation to the Association or one of its members, or for any unsportsmanlike conduct contrary to the interests of the members of the Association. The duration of the suspension shall be fixed by the HWC and a suspended member shall during such period be precluded from racing or enjoying any other rights of membership.
2 A Regional or District officer may be removed from office by the HWC for a unjustifiable act of commission or omission detrimental to the Association or to its members.

Any dispute arising in relation to fleets, districts, regions, eligibility to race, the interpreting of this Constitution, the By-Laws or similar matter, other than any dispute as to the interpretation of the Rules or any protest within the jurisdiction of the applicable racing rules, may be made to the World Council whose decision shall be final and binding.

The President and Vice President of the HWC shall constitute the Advisory Council and shall assist and co-operate with the HWC in the carrying out of their responsibilities, and shall have the responsibilities as set forth in paragraph 17 hereof and the paragraph entitled “Amendments” of the Rules.

15 – BY-LAWS
The HWC may make By-Laws for the purpose of carrying out the objects of this Constitution and of the Association and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, may make By-Laws.
a Amending the Rules of the HAKA Class, hereby established as By-Law 1 of the Association, as provided in paragraph 29 thereof.
b Respecting the establishment of Regions, and the powers of the Regional Executive Committees;.
c Delegating specific powers of the HWC to Regional Executive Committees.
d Respecting the establishment of Districts and the powers of District Associations.
e Respecting the Constitution and By-Laws of District Associations.
f Respecting registration of members and collection of dues;.
g Respecting the measurement of boats and measurement fees.
h Respecting the conduct of championship and other regattas, including the classification of regattas and the eligibility of members for major racing events.
i Respecting the acceptance of deeds of gift of trophies;.
j Changing the Headquarters of the Association.
k Respecting the procedures for meetings of the HWC and Regional Executive Committees, including the conduct of business by mail or other means of communication.

Amendments to this Constitution shall be approved by each of:
a The HWC
b The Advisory Council
c At least two thirds of the membership replying in writing to the International Office of the Class in response to a postal ballot published by the International Office. Only those postal votes returned to the International Office within 6 months from the date of publication of the proposed change shall be valid.

The IHCA President

Gustav Bass has a background in aerospace engineering at the ETH Zurich.
The first five years he worked in a big Swiss engineering firm, bevor he started with his own firm of consulting engineers.
He has led consulting assignments across a range of aerospace industries and disciplines in Germany  and Austria. 
After  his consulting career, Gustav held a number of senior commercial and financial management posts, both internationally and in Switzerland, in large corporates and with an international chartered accounting firm. 
Gustav  has participated recreationally in a wide range of sports, as well as coaching his children’s sports teams. 
He is now a regular rower, runner, cyclist and tennis player.