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Dr Jason Smithwick

jason july2017Jason joined the team as Director of the Rating Office in July 2017.

Jason's background has always been in the technical area of sailing yachts:  he graduated from the University of Southampton gaining a doctorate in Naval Architecture and continued working at the University, as a Principal Engineer & Software Manager at the world renowned Wolfson Unit, a marine and yacht based consultancy.   The next stage in his career was in the role of Technical and Offshore Director at sailing's international federation, known today as World Sailing.

Jason says it is cycling that 'gets him out of bed in the morning', and he puts the rest of the team to shame by cycling to work each day! 

Emma Smith

emma oct 15 webTechnical Team

Emma joined the team in 2005. She is a member of our Technical Team and handles the IRC ratings for many UK boats as well as several overseas Rule Authorities.

Emma is the UK secretariat for the IRC Congress international meeting held annually in October, and for the GBR IRC Committee which meets in September.  Emma is also the contact for Spinlock IRC GBR Championship organisers

Andrew Yates

andrew oct 15 webTechnical Consultant

Andrew works with the Rating Office on a consultancy basis. He is also a RORC measurer and is Chief Measurer for the Club Swan 50, Swan 60 and J/Class.

Carole Abbott

carole abbott webOffice Manager

Having joined the office in 1991, Carole was given the role of Secretary to the development committee for the new Whitbread 60 Rule and didn’t look back, controlling the Mumm 36, 30 and the Swan 45 One Designs in addition to the IMS Rating Rule. She organised the Admirals’ and Commodore’s Cup inspections for many years including weighing the (cheeky) crews.

Now managing the money, she gets to spend it! Not on ourselves of course but mainly on daily operations and holding our creaky building together. Annual inspections at Swan Events, ensuring our RORC Measurers are happy and being a member of an ISAF Commission brings variety to daily tasks.

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