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    IRC Rule changes 2017 – a summary

    • The definition of STL has been changed to cater for boats that do not use a spinnaker but fly a large headsail from the end of the bowsprit. All ratings will therefore include an STL measurement even if not rated for spinnakers.

    • To simplify the Rule, a new definition Aft Rigging has been added: IRC will no longer distinguish between backstay(s), running backstays or checkstays.

    • New rule 19.6 has been added requiring declaration of materials over specific gravity of 8.0 (eg. lead) in some types of keel fin. This is to counter the trend of moving lead from the bulb into the fin.

    • Rule 2.6 has been updated to reflect actual practice.

    • The new ERS 2017-2020 now incorporate definitions that were previously included in the IRC Rule, so these have been removed or updated as appropriate.

    • A number of detail changes have been made throughout the text to correct typographical errors and inconsistencies in terminology. 


    What should be aboard my boat for weighing?

    If you are having your boat weighed for IRC it needs to be in IRC Measurement Condition.  This is described in IRC Rule 17.1 and 17.2 and also applies to measuring the Overhangs and the Draft.

    One way we often describe it is that if you turn the boat upside down and shake it, nothing would fall out (although we don't expect you to actually try this!).


    2016 IRC Certificate - Year Watermark

    A security date watermark will be printed across all valid IRC certificates issued from 19 May 2016.

    This will make it quick and easy to identify a valid certificate (or copy certificate) issued by RORC or UNCL.


    RORC heads ‘South’ to meet sailors

    James Dadd, Director of the Rating Office in Lymington UK which is the technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will be travelling to the other side of the world this month to meet with boat owners and race organisers in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia and talk about the International IRC rating rule. IRC Owners’ Forums will be hosted by Yachting New Zealand, Yachting Australia and IRC South-East Asia, giving sailors the chance to join in discussion and question/answer sessions about IRC racing.

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    Quikpoint Azzurro, 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Kurt Arrigo; Kurt Arrigo / Rolex

    James Dadd is looking forward to meeting owners as well as race organisers and measurers during his trip. “I’m keen to meet up again with those involved in IRC racing in the Antipodes and South East Asia which are both important regions to us,” says Dadd. “It will be good to have the opportunity to hear new ideas and address any questions people may have about IRC racing both locally and internationally.”

    The venues and dates are as follows:
    • Monday May 16th Yachting New Zealand in Auckland at 1800 
    • Sunday May 22nd Yachting Western Australia at Royal Perth YC at 1800 
    • Thursday May 26th IRC South East Asia at Samui Regatta, Thailand, at 1200 


    All ahead to Samui Regatta.

    Boat owners and sailors from across Asia and around the world already have Samui Regatta 2016 on the sailing calendars. Boats ranging in size from 23 to 72 feet will compete in the waters around Thailand's second largest island during the 15th edition of the Samui Regatta, scheduled for 21st to 28th May and hosted by Centara Grand Breach Resort Samui, on Chaweng Beach.

    A notable component of the Samui Regatta since day one has been the IRC racing classes. Expect another heavy dose of Hong Kong-based entries this year that feature many new designs among the boats racing. While there may not be the number of classes that were commonplace a decade ago, the significance of a class win is unchanged and in many cases provides the victor of the AsianYachting Grand Prix.

    "It feels fantastic to win the AYGP Championship here in Samui," said Bill Bremner after winning the 2015 regatta and 2014/15 championship on his King 40 Foxy Lady VI. “Everybody is so ecstatic. We can't wait to get the whole crew up on stage at the awards Gala Dinner."

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