IRC rating system popular at Weymouth clubs

Weymouth Sailing Clubs have wholeheartedly adopted the IRC rating system for their racing in 2015. Over 70 yachts from Castle Cove SC, Weymouth SC and Royal Dorset YC will be racing under the IRC rating system this year in Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour.

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.

The take up of IRC Rating Certificates has been exceptional with a tenfold increase in certificates on last year with a measurable increase in enthusiasm for boat preparation and racing.

Commenting on the initiative, Castle Cove’s Class captain Richard Woof said “we’ve got one of the best places in the UK for sailing with amazing post Olympic facilities, it made sense to adopt IRC for all our yacht racing and allow science along with an unrivalled database and professional administration at the IRC rating office to give our racing a sound base to operate from.”

Under the start-up scheme, owners pay just 50 per cent of the first year cost of their IRC certificate. At Weymouth SC this encouraged over 40 yachts to join the scheme. Recognising the appetite for fairer racing amongst its members, the Club then chose to further discount the cost making IRC certificates completely free to all owners this year with the aim to continue to reduce IRC certificate costs for following years.

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