You have been a tremendous help through this year, being our second year of start up with IRC ratings.
My personal feeling is that IRC has been a great success for Flushing Sailing Club and the feed back has been positive so far. We made some adjustments to class break points at the beginning of the year at the request of boat owners, creating two big classes instead of three and this has created some competitive racing. Our wash up meeting is on the 29th September and I will keep you informed of any relevant outcome.
I am no expert and have had to learn the Seahorse Rating process quickly, but I feel with your help and me vetting the applications we have had a fairly trouble free time. The sailing under IRC is fair and rewards a good sailor, this appears to be the opinion of the majority.
The questions being asked now is how can I improve my rating for next year? Again I am no expert but have achieved a fairly competitive rating by declaring a furling headsail and smaller genoa and I can only advise along these lines.
We have just finished Falmouth Week down here and three IRC classes were provided for and again this is an increase from previous years, all of class 3 were start up boats, so the scheme has worked in this port.
Flushing SC August 2015
Flushing Sailing Club was founded in 1921 for the benefit of the residents of Flushing Village and has developed into what it is today, hosting racing for the famous Falmouth Working Boats, Sunbeams, Gaffers as well as three classes for IRC rated yachts.
At the start of 2014 season FSC approached Seahorse Rating to ask for assistance in promoting IRC Rating for our yacht classes, as no one was particularly happy with other handicap systems that were on offer after the demise of the PY system. We were offered an Incentive Scheme of 50% discount for new applicants of IRC ratings, this helped to encourage a complete switch of all three of our yacht classes to IRC ratings.
We do dual score between NHC and IRC to enable any new comer who wishes to try racing their yacht and gauge their performance against the rest of the fleet. However the keen racing skippers look to IRC results, as these results reward a good sailor on a fair bases and we all know that every yacht has some differences, masthead or fractional, size of sails, inboard or outboard, fully fitted out or stripped out to name a few, an IRC rating takes this into account to create fair as possible racing.