by Louay Habib

With less than two weeks to go before the start, the Rolex Fastnet Race will see over 300 yachts racing using the Spinlock IRC rating rule. For 29 years IRC (formerly known as CHS) has been used for a huge number of races and regattas all over the world. In 2012 nearly 7000 boats from 30 countries on all 6 continents held IRC certificates, issued by either RORC or UNCL, joint owners of the Rule.

It is no secret that the Rating Office, the technical arm of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and gatekeeper for the IRC rating rule in the UK, supports the use of local and national performance handicaps. Far from being in competition with IRC, properly administered handicap systems complement it by bringing new people into the sport and igniting their competitive spirit.

Read the full article on the RORC Rating Office website

As published in Scuttlebutt Europe

By the RORC Rating Office / Peta Stuart-Hunt

Part I  30 January 2013

Trucks and Ferraris - It's not a level playing field without some rules!

In the first part of a two-part article, the RORC Rating Office, a world-renowned centre of excellence for measurement, outlines how IRC is trying to find some equanimity when dealing with the equivalent of trucks and Ferraris competing on the same race course.

Cork Week 7th – 13th July 2012

Delivering the right results
Louay Habib

With just under two months to the 18th edition of Cork Week entries are beginning to build momentum. With the Euro 20% down on the pound sterling and promises of better value for competitors, Cork Week is on track to deliver a first class sailing regatta especially to sailors visiting Ireland’s most prestigious yachting regatta from overseas.

Mike Greville, Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club interview with Louay Habib.

“My primary aim during my tenure as Commodore is to ensure that the Club is left in at least as strong a position as it is today - in terms of its standing in the yacht racing world, its attractiveness to members and its financial stability. Those strengths should be sustainable for the future with the next succession of leadership and management in place.  

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