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IRC 2022 Rule text published

IRC 2022 Rule text published

Following the international IRC annual Congress meeting in October the 2022 IRC rule text is now published online. The new rule text includes the following changes agreed by Congress: Stored power (auto pilots) for steering is prohibited unless permi…

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IRC Notice 2021/02 addresses cloth set under the boom

IRC Notice 2021/02 addresses cloth set under the boom

The IRC rating offices have seen a growing number of instances and enquiries about additional cloth set under the boom, known by various names including lazy sweeper, deck sweeper, mainsail skirt or watersail. In response to this the IRC Technical Co…

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IRC Congress Zooms into 2021

IRC Congress Zooms into 2021

Representatives of the International Rating Certificate (IRC) from around the World met at the beginning of October for the annual IRC Congress to discuss the past IRC season and future developments. This year the planned gathering in London was not…

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IRC Rule Changes 2020

IRC Rule Changes 2020

Several Rule changes were approved by IRC Congress for the new season, a summary is shown below and links to the full details and rule text. IRC Rule Changes 2020 – summary • Rule 8.2 has been updated to clarify that a certificate must be valid for t…

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Antibes welcomes International IRC Congress

Antibes welcomes International IRC Congress

Representatives of the International Rating Certificate (IRC) from around the world met in France for two days of debate and discussion at the beginning of October.  The 2019 Congress was hosted by l’Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) and…

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30 Years of Recording Seaworthiness and Safety

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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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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