This is the time of year that yacht owners are checking their IRC certificates, sponsored by Ocean Safety, making sure they are up to date for the coming racing season. Two owners are particularly happy. They took part in the RORC Rating Office's recent survey of IRC users and their names were drawn from over 500 who returned the survey, to each win an Ocean Safety Kru Sport Pro lifejacket.
The Kru Sport Pro is the professionals' choice and Volvo Ocean Race choice, because of its advanced features, light weight and low profile, so you hardly know you are wearing it and it doesn't get in the way. One lucky winner was Mark Hammond of Cowes who commented "What a great email to get at the beginning of the year. Thank you!" Mark is just getting his boat measured up for IRC so the survey was timely for him. The other, Peter Broughton of Grimsby, was "delighted to win the lifejacket as this was one (of many!) items that I was planning to replace this year!"
The aim of the IRC survey was to find out why racing boats using other handicap systems are not using IRC and what help they would need to progress to IRC, which is internationally recognised, and used for many of the world's top regattas.