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IRC UK measurer Mike Richards discusses the ins and outs of his job with James Boyd


having an Endorsed certificate is usually only mandatory for yachts participating in major events such as the RORC Commodores’ Cup, IRC European Championship or IRC Nationals. In some other countries, Endorsed certificates are a national or regional requirement.


Richards explains: “The idea with the IRC rating calculation is to use the best knowledge available, be it data presented by a designer or by a boatyard, or data measured physically by a measurer. The Rating Office will use the most accurate data.”


Endorsed Certificate


Typically, but not always, measurement for IRC will be required when an application is made for an Endorsed certificate and the Rating Office needs more information or confirmation of information supplied. At that point they


will send through to the applicant details of their local measurer and what needs to be measured.


This will vary from case to case, says Mike Richards: “It can be a full IRC measurement, which is weighing, overhangs, rig, etc. Or it may just be weight and overhangs, because they know the other measurements. It is all about getting the best knowledge.”


Often the sailmaker will have made the appropriate measurements before a sail is delivered. These details will be accepted by the Rating Office, provided the sailmaker has ‘In House Certification’.


“There has been a big drive over the last few years for sail lofts to get that,” explains Richards. “It involves periodic loft audits and an in-house measurer sitting an RYA exam, a day long course to show best practice in measuring.”


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