by Peta Stuart-Hunt

After 22 years at the RORC Rating Office, Mike Urwin, its Technical Director, is stepping aside to relinquish the day to day running of the Rating Office to James Dadd, 44, with effect from 1st September.  The RORC Rating Office, along with the UNCL Centre de Calcul in Paris, maintains and administers the IRC Rating Rule for boats racing in over 30 countries worldwide.

Mike will continue to work as a part-time consultant for the foreseeable future and James will take overall technical and managerial responsibility as Director of the Rating Office in Lymington, Hampshire.james dadd 1 web

James Dadd

says RORC Rating Office Technical Manager, Jenny Howells

With many if not the majority of the most prestigious yacht races and regattas around the world using the IRC rating system, it is no surprise that it is also the choice of state-of-the-art yachts such as the Maxi 72s, TP 52s, Wally Yachts and 100 foot Maxis including the latest Ragamuffin 100 from Australia and Comanche built in Maine. Holding an IRC rating allows them to compete for top honours in races such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Fastnet and Middle Sea Races, and regattas run under the auspices of the International Maxi Association including their World Championship.

9th February 2015

With so many varied handicap and rating rules around the world it would be no surprise if owners in some countries feel as though they are pulled in all directions when it comes to making a choice. Of course the rating or handicap needed depends upon that selected by the event, which again may be a tough decision. So, why should owners and event organisers choose the Spinlock IRC rating rule?

IRC racing in South East Asia is well established, with popular regattas including Singapore Straits, Raja Muda and Phuket King's Cup attracting large and competitive fleets from around the region and further afield. There is a great deal of interchange between the IRC fleets, particularly in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, with many boats regularly travelling to regattas in other countries.

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