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IRC YEARBOOK 2010
2009 IRC winners
Case studies
FOUR OF THE BEST
These were some of the top IRC boats in 2009. What made them so successful?
Matthew Sheahan takes a look at the certificates of four very different winning boats
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oats with low ratings and a long list of So how are the top boats configured for other a traditional, 36-year-old displacement
successes will always attract the racing they wish to undertake? Their IRC cruiser/racer. Ironically, both Ran 2 and Elan
attention. The trouble is that such a certificates reveal a good deal of the picture share the same displacement, but from there
combination has a habit of inspiring others to and while the major appeal of IRC is the on in the similarity ends!
reduce their handicap in the quest for Rule’s ability to cope with a wide range of The second pair come from opposite
success. Lopping off chunks of sail area styles and designs, we’ve taken a look at four corners of the production cruiser/racer
might seem like a good way to reduce your examples that offer a good indications of the scene and represent one of the big debates
rating, but without considering the different routes to success. of modern big boat racing – whether to go for
implications for the boat’s performance, the The first pair of boats here, which were a symmetrical kite with a spinnaker pole, or
chances are you’ll end up with a slower, less successful in 2009, represent two extremes. an asymmetric spinnaker and bowsprit. This
versatile and less competitive boat. One is a lightweight grand-prix flyer, the proves both are equally valid.

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