The Spinlock International Rating Certificate (IRC) has made a flying start to 2018 with increased numbers of rating applications in the first month of the year and nearly 1000 certificates issued in January. This is very positive for IRC as certificates are not automatically renewed. Owners must apply for a new certificate through their local IRC Rule Authority and advise any changes to the boat’s configuration before the certificate is issued by the RORC Rating Office or UNCL Centre de Calcul, joint owners and administrators of IRC.

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Maverick on her way to victory in IRC 1, Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017 – photo Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

James Dadd, Director of the Rating Office in Lymington UK which is the technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, will be travelling to the other side of the world this month to meet with boat owners and race organisers in New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia and talk about the International IRC rating rule. IRC Owners’ Forums will be hosted by Yachting New Zealand, Yachting Australia and IRC South-East Asia, giving sailors the chance to join in discussion and question/answer sessions about IRC racing.

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Quikpoint Azzurro, 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Kurt Arrigo; Kurt Arrigo / Rolex

James Dadd is looking forward to meeting owners as well as race organisers and measurers during his trip. “I’m keen to meet up again with those involved in IRC racing in the Antipodes and South East Asia which are both important regions to us,” says Dadd. “It will be good to have the opportunity to hear new ideas and address any questions people may have about IRC racing both locally and internationally.”

The venues and dates are as follows:
• Monday May 16th Yachting New Zealand in Auckland at 1800 
• Sunday May 22nd Yachting Western Australia at Royal Perth YC at 1800 
• Thursday May 26th IRC South East Asia at Samui Regatta, Thailand, at 1200 

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