Celebrating 30 years
2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the introduction of IRC under its original name, CHS.
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and L'Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL) are delighted to have reached this major milestone in providing fair and simple ratings for racing sailors around the world.
CHS was first introduced in 1984 to offer a rating system appropriate to the cruiser/racers of the day that were disenfranchised by the IOR rule. CHS grew dramatically through the 1980s and 1990s before being re-named IRC in 1999.
IRC was granted International Rating System status by the International Sailing Federation in 2003 and continued to grow in popularity, reaching a peak of 7,740 boats rated in 2008.
Today, IRC remains the rating rule of choice for close to 7,000 boats of almost every shape, size, style and age imaginable, and for a huge number of high profile and many less well-known events in approaching 40 countries around the world.
The IRC Championships provide a focus for celebration in Great Britain and in 2014 there are more events than ever for sailors to enter. To mark this anniversary year, Spinlock, the sponsors of IRC in Great Britain and France, are generously offering a special prize at each of the GBR Championships.
Championships will be held all over Great Britain including two exciting additions to the calendar, with the inaugural Channel Island Championship being contested at the UBS Jersey Regatta, and a new Double-handed Championship to be held in the Solent. A full list is published at http://www.rorcrating.com/irc-rating-gbr/irc-regional-champs.
The 30th Anniversary IRC logo is available for download for race organisers to help promote their IRC events.
The RORC Rating Office hopes that sailors and race organisers will join them in celebrating IRC's 30th birthday.
The party's on the water!