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USƒ Eric Baittinger Chief, Measurer, US Sailing


IRC Great Lakes Championship Overall


IRC 1 IRC 2 IRC 3


Notorious Notorious Five Fifteen Zoo 2


IRC 1 IRC 2 IRC 3


Five Fifteen Notorious Five Fifteen Zoo 2


Farr 30 Farr 30 IMX38


G&S 30


IRC Lake Ontario Championship IRC Overall


IMX38 Farr 30 IMX38


G&S 30


Kevin Brown Kevin Brown


Jim McGuiness Sandy Steffen


Jim McGuiness Kevin Brown


Jim McGuiness Sandy Steffen


USƒ United States of America


RORC Caribbean 600 IRC Overall/


Block Island Race Week. Photo: Stephen Cloutier


We had excellent racing in 2017, the 13th full season of IRC racing in the USA, mostly centred in the north-east and topped by New York Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club events. New for 2017, the Storm Trysail Club hosted the IRC North American Championship at Block Island Race Week.


The USA IRC fleet comprises primarily larger boats, with 95% of the fleet having a Hull Length of 10.66m (35ft) or more, and 71% in the 10.00 to 14.99m range (32.8ft to 49.2ft). The fleet ranges from the 100ft Comanche and Rambler 88, which regularly feature in the global yachting press, to 30ft sportsboats, with production cruiser/racers and classics in the mix. A notable victory last year was that of the 1983 vintage 12-metre Defender, which was IRC winner in the New York YC’s Queen’s Cup.


All regattas and events in the US now accept Standard as well as Endorsed certificates. This has encouraged more yachtsmen to join the IRC fleet by removing the initial barrier of measurement. Still 75% of the fleet continues to hold an Endorsed certificate, either because it is required for an event or simply because they like to have full confidence in the rated data.


The US IRC fleet is predominantly focused in the north-east of the country, with more than 85% of the boats located between New England and Chesapeake Bay. The popular biennial Annapolis-Newport and Marblehead-Halifax races, along with Long Island Sound events, including Block Island Race, Vineyard Race and the Long Island Sound Championship, rounded out the 2017 season.


Some of the US IRC fleet also race overseas in events such as the Rolex Fastnet Race and Cowes Week. Perhaps the furthest travelled was Dorade, the US-owned S&S classic, which headed to Australia to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.


One benefit of IRC rating is that it is also a passport for entry into so many events around the world for those who like to travel.


Zero IRC 1 IRC 2 IRC 3


IRC C K


Bella Mente Taz


Maxi 72


Redshift on El Ocaso J/122 Sleeper X Rambler 88


IRC Superyacht Shamanna Gladiator


IRC East Coast Championship IRC 1


IRC 2 IRC 3


Swan 48


Juan K maxi Swan 115


TP52


Temptation-Oakcliff Ker 50 Entropy


NYYC Queen’s Cup 1st


Defender


2nd 3rd


Tripp 41 12-metre


Temptation-Oakcliff Ker 50 Spookie


TP52 Hap Fauth


Reichel/Pugh 37 Bernard Evan-Wong Robert Hillier


Jonty & Vicki Layfield George David


Anders Nordquist


Tony Langley Arthur Santry Patricia Young


Dennis Williams Arthur Santry


Steve & Heidi Benjamin


Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race XXVII – Spookie


IRC North American Championship IRC 1


TP52


IRC 2 IRC 3


Temptation-Oakcliff Ker 50 Teamwork


J/122


Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race IRC Short Handed


Alibi


IRC 2 IRC 3 IRC 4


Amadeus V Lir


Spookie


J/120 Xp 38


Swan 45 TP52


Steve & Heidi Benjamin


Arthur Santry Robin Team


Gardner Grant Jay Turchetta


John McNamara


Steve & Heidi Benjamin


163rd NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by Rolex IRC 1


Spookie IRC 2 TP52 Christopher Dragon Ker 43


Annapolis – Newport Race IRC 1


IRC 2


Black Pearl Orion


Prospector Kenai


Steve & Heidi Benjamin


Andrew & Linda Weiss


Carkeek 47 J/122


Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race IRC 1


Mills 68 IRC 2 George David’s Rambler 88 maxi. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi 18 ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | ||||||||| | J/44


Stefan Jentzsch Paul Milo


Shelter Island Transatlantic Partners Chris Lewis


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