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Offshore World Champions crowned in The Hague

With yet another sunny day here on the Dutch North Sea coast, the final race to conclude The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds on Friday looked like it could be easy. Yet the weak and shifty northwesterly 8-9 knot breeze kept frustrating race managers as…

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J Lance 12,FRA 43950

IRC 2018 European Champion Crowned

The immaculately sailed J Lance 12 has been crowned IRC European champion for 2018. The French J/112e skippered by Didier le Moal, seemed never to put a foot wrong in the latter stages of this week-long regatta run from Cowes by the Royal Ocean Racin…

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Rough conditions in the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600

30 Years of Recording Seaworthiness and Safety

Thirty years ago in 1988 the Channel Handicap System, now named IRC, introduced its own Safety and Stability Screening (SSS) system to help race organisers decide on a boat’s suitability for a race from a stability perspective. All IRC rated boats st…

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IRC Notice 2018/01 RRS 49.2

With effect from 23 March 2018, in IRC 2017 and 2018 Rules, insert new rule modifying RRS49.2: Add IRC rule 22.6: 22.6 Crew Position 22.6.1 RRS 49.2 is modified by deleting “sitting on the deck” in the second sentence. Download Notice 2018/01 for ful…

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The 2018 IRC European Championship will be held for the first time in Cowes, UK this summer © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

Record numbers expected for IRC Europeans

Following its debut as part of Cork Week in 2016 and a stand-alone event held in Marseille in 2017, the IRC European Championship this year will take place out of one of its spiritual homes. Andrew McIrvine’s First 40, La Réponse – © Rick Tomlinson -…

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Hague Offshore

The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds 2018

The Offshore Worlds will be held from 12 to 20 July 2018 in the first ever combined ORC and IRC championship, an innovative solution to unite the world’s two largest offshore racing fleets. Be part of this unique fleet and register now for this histo…

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Hague Offshore

Offshore Worlds Scoring and Class Limits News

Scoring plan and new class rating limits announced for 2018 the Hague Offshore World Championship. Held 12-20 July 2018, this will be the first Offshore World Championship event using both IRC and ORC ratings. Organizers from the 2018 The Hague Offsh…

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Hague Offshore

Offshore Sailing Worlds 2018 guidance for owners

You have registered for The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds 2018, so what do you need to do next to obtain an IRC Endorsed certificate? The following Q&A’s may help you with your preparation for the event. Click here to find your local IRC Rule Aut…

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IRC Congress 2017 looks to the future

Photo RORC / Kurt Arrigo Rolex Fastnet Race 2017 Another successful annual IRC Congress meeting was held in early October in the popular sailing venue and race destination of St Malo on the northern French coast. Forty delegates from as far afield as…

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Guy Claeys' crew from the JPK 10.10 Expresso 2 are crowned the 2017 Marseille IRC European Champions © Pierik Jeannoutot

Smallest winner crowned IRC European Champion

The second ever IRC European Championship took place in the south of France over four days last week for an international fleet of 53 boats. While last year the inaugural event was incorporated into Volvo Cork Week, this year’s IRC European Champions…

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