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IRC YEARBOOK 2010
WHERE ARE WE
GOING?
Despite the economic downturn, Rating Office Technical Director
professional crew? There will be no
unique answer to any of this. What will
Mike Urwin sees the IRC Rule continuing to extend its reach and helping
suit one regatta will not suit another.
But if asked, we are always pleased to
to develop innovation in yacht design worldwide try and help.
At the opposite end of the
I
suggested at the beginning of Taking a longer view then, I do not spectrum, the International Maxi
2009 that financial uncertainty see 2009’s decline as more than Association, which in 2008 was
might not affect the number of temporary – 6,224 boats is still elected as an affiliate member of the
IRC-rated boats in 2009. That has not significantly more than 2006’s 5,622 International IRC Owners’
been entirely borne out in practice. and close behind 2007’s 6,438. Association, was successful during
I also predicted that the number of Together with the worldwide 2009 in getting sanction from ISAF
new boats in 2009 would be fewer. distribution, it still continues to satisfy to hold a Maxi world championship
That has certainly been the case, ISAF Regulations for an International under IRC. The first event will be in
particularly in the ‘developed’ IRC Rating System very comfortably. Porto Cervo in September 2010. I for
nations. I now suspect that 2010 is one am looking forward to that with
likely to see more of the same. Positive trend great interest.
Mike Urwin – At the end of 2009, the total What is in my view a positive trend In parallel, at the ISAF Conference
Technical Director, number of rated boats had fallen to that continued during 2009 was in 2009, there were two submissions
RORC Rating Office 6,224 compared with 2008’s 6,746, increasing interest in ‘white sail’, (one from the IIRCOA and one from
a drop of some 7.3 per cent. In the ‘gentleman’s’, or ‘performance’ the ISAF Executive) to permit a full
context of banks failing and being classes. This is an ideal use of IRC world championship to be held under
nationalised, perhaps that is not and encourages the less committed
such a disappointing outcome. owners to go racing, which can only
What has been more than be for the good of the sport as a
IRC Race Management
encouraging is continued whole. It does, however, create Race Committees are strongly
growth in the ‘developing issues for organisers in defining encouraged to tailor IRC to suit
countries’. Japan, for instance, eligible boats for these classes. the particular circumstances of
had increased its fleet from 117 Should that be wholly their races. See ‘Ocean Safety
in 2008 to 208 by the end of discretionary? Or should it be based IRC 2010. Notes for Race
August 2009, Finland from 13 to on physical characteristics of the Organisers’ on page 54 of this
33, Canada from 30 to 49 and boats – DLR, sail area, etc? And Yearbook.
Croatia from eight to 15. should there be limitations on
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