Perhaps I can be of help here. Taking your points one at a time and adding my comments.
In most notices of race here in NZL we specify that entry is open to any skipper who is a current financial member of a <b>"CLUB"</b> affiliated through it`s <b>"NATIONAL AUTHOURITY" </b>to the <b>"IYRU-RSD."</b> This is the best way we have found of allowing any sailor from any country to compete in our regattas.
As far as the boat used by this entrant, for any <b>"international class"</b> it must hold a current measurement certificate, issued by the ruling body of the class in it`s country of origin.
This means that anyone at anytime can sail in any regatta in our country without having to join the owners association or register his boat here.
As far as to the legality of a boat from another country, the recent upgrade of the master mould here in NZL to the new <b>(2005/international/USA/world,)</b> or whatever is the correct name for it, plug shape, has brought us into line with the USA and helped to standardize the class and eliminate any concern regarding hull shapes at least.
There is only one small area of variation and it has to do with "curved booms."
These are allowed in NZL & AUS, but not in USA. The silly thing is, IMHO they make no difference to the speed of the boat. It is basicly cosmetic, so, should they be of concern?
The other difference is number of channels allowed, with NZL & AUS having three, whilst USA allows four. The fact that most of our boats only use two channels indicates to me that it is of little concern.
The Australian EC12 owners have a slightly different system regarding governing the class.
As far as I can understand it, the owners make recomendations to the Australian Radio Yachting Association who then make the class rules by which all must abide.
I assume that the association has some kind of committee which is made up of individuals
who have some expertise in the class, its idiosyncrasys, its history, construction and relationship within the world. Or at least that is my hope for the continued future development of the class in Australia.
<b>"An International Class Governing Body"</b> I would respectfully suggest that this is just what we have here, on this forum.
Sure it is just a bunch of old men with too much time on their hands, who sit at their keyboards and rabbit on about the class that they love. (Well that is a discription of me at least.)
I would like to think that we collectivly all contribute to the class and it`s growth and governence.
Simply by stating our views and then debating them, considering others opinions and coming to a consensus.
Is that not, what a <b>"Governing Body"</b> does?
DO IT NOW, Before it`s to late