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Scarborough sets the pace with Start Up!

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And we are off….!

Scarborough Yacht Club is the first 2017 Start Up Club to submit their owners' applications.

It’s clearly going to be a busy 2017. We are delighted that Scarborough YC is taking full advantage of the Start Up discount and the many new offers available this year for certificate holders.

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Flushing SC and IRC

Hi Charlene

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. 




Start Up testimonials

August 2015

Another successful year for Flushing SC

May 2015

Exceptional take up of Spinlock IRC at Weymouth & Portland

March 2015

"Hi Charlene,  Thank you for your prompt attention to the rating application we have sent to you. There are three more applicants that are in process of getting measurements or applying for a sail number.  First race at the club this Saturday for 2015 season and our fleet is increasing in size thanks to IRC and the racing we provide, if this continues we will have to arrange another class. Happy Easter to you and all at your office."  - Bob Chapple, Flushing Sailing Club

January 2015

"Just a note to say thank you and because of all your hard work, efficient, prompt, patient and knowledgeable help the Club's adoption of IRC has gone as smoothly as possible. The Club and in particular, the handicapper, is now looking forward to the forth coming season - Thank you Charlene with all your help with the Start-Up." - Pete
McIntyre, Scarborough Yacht Club.

Start Up success at Weymouth & Portland

Exceptional take up of Spinlock IRC at Weymouth & Portland

Weymouth Sailing Clubs have wholeheartedly adopted the IRC rating system for their racing in 2015. Over 70 yachts from Castle Cove SC, Weymouth SC & Royal Dorset YC will racing under the IRC rating system this year in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Venue, the centre for Team GB Olympic Training and winter base for the British Keelboat Academy. Over the winter months, Club members measured sails and gathered technical data on a wide range of yachts with help and guidance from their class captains to take advantage of the RORC's "startup" discounting scheme for sailing clubs.

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Spinlock IRC Start Up

Spinlock IRC Start Up scheme, supporting UK club racing

British sailing clubs that would like to start using the Spinlock IRC rating system for their club racing can benefit from a scheme offered by the Lymington-based Rating Office, the technical centre of the RORC and administrators of the IRC rating system.

Spinlock IRC 'Start Up' offers discounts on rating application fees for club members in the first two years, encouraging the development of an IRC fleet for local racing. The last 4 years have seen the successful introduction of IRC at clubs all around the UK where they have taken advantage of this scheme to kickstart their IRC club racing.

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