IRC 2021 applications are now open in MyIRC and we are pleased to be holding new application and revalidation fees for boats under 18m LH at 2020 prices for an initial period - see 2021 fees.
This year there are some exciting and innovative developments in IRC with changes regarding spinnaker pole length, whisker poles and flying headsails. If you are applying for revalidation you will be asked to confirm some information regarding pole configuration and spinnaker pole length to ensure your boat is correctly rated.
Clubs running yacht racing using the IRC rating system can find a myriad of useful resources on the IRC website, including Race Management Guidelines which have recently been updated with some useful tips picked up from clubs running racing during the Coronavirus pandemic. These updates include ideas for reducing crew numbers and highlighting the benefits for club racing. Race format suggestions have been added that can reduce the number of race support personnel required. There is also an additional section on ways of encouraging youth and mixed gender to IRC racing using the crew number limits.
The Race Management Guidelines range from the basics of how to invoke IRC rules to advice for clubs who would like to tailor the rules in more detail in their Notice of Race, where permitted. Subjects include class split ideas, rating change deadlines, crew limits, endorsed certificates, non-spinnaker and short-handed racing, protests, and safety and stability screening. There are also recommendations on course setting, dual scoring with performance handicap, policing and equipment inspection.
A very useful tool for clubs is the online list of boats holding a current IRC certificate; boats must hold a current certificate to race and these expire on 31st December each year. The online list is updated every evening and has a search facility as well as the option to download the full list.
As part of its Racing Rules Guidance the RYA publishes guidance on protests concerning alleged breaches of IRC rules and these can also be found on the IRC website.