certificate print language) the notation ENDORSED under the IRC Rating Authority stamp (see also Rule 13).
On IRC certificates for all boats rated to carry spinnakers (see Rule 21.6), a non spinnaker TCC is also printed. The non spinnaker TCC shall be valid only for races for which the Notice of Race includes a non spinnaker division or class. Owners shall declare their intention to enter such a non spinnaker class using the non spinnaker TCC a minimum of seven days before the race, or first race if a series of races, and shall not then be permitted to race using a spinnaker for the race or races. This Rule may be amended by Notice of Race.
8.7 8.8 8.9
The Rating Authority may at its sole discretion re-issue or may refuse to issue or to re-issue an IRC certificate if in its sole opinion Rule 2.5 may be infringed, or for any other reason. No reason need be stated.
Change of ownership and/or any changes in sail number will automatically invalidate the rating certificate.
Physical changes which might affect the performance of the boat shall be declared and may invalidate the rating certificate.
8.10 Rated Dimensions 8.10.1 Values stated on certificates for LH, Hull Beam, Bulb Weight, Draft, x, P, E, J, FL, MUW, MTW, MHW, HLUmax, HSA, PY, EY, LLY, LPY, Cutter Rig HLUmax, SPA, STL are maximum values.
8.10.2 Values stated on certificates for boat weight, BO, h, SO, y, and Internal Ballast are minimum values.
8.10.3 If during Equipment Inspection by an Equipment Inspector, or during measurement carried out under Rules 10.2 or 13.6, any rated dimension is found to exceed a maximum value or to be less than a minimum value, then the boat is not in compliance with her certificate.
8.10.4 Attention is drawn to Rule 13 and to RRS 78, Compliance with Class Rules; Certificates.
8.11 When the Rating Authority has reasonable evidence that a boat does not conform to its certificate, or that there has been a breach of these Rules, or that there has been an error in the determination of the rating, or that there has been a gross breach of the IRC Rules or of good manners or sportsmanship, the certificate may (at the absolute discretion of the Rating Authority) be withdrawn without compensation and the owner shall be informed in writing.
8.12 Certificates will normally be valid on payment of the appropriate fee for the current calendar year only, but at the discretion of the relevant Rule Authority, and with agreement from the Rating Authority, the year may run from 1 June to 31 May of the following year.
8.13 Irrespective of where a boat is registered, she shall apply for her IRC certificates to the appointed Rule Authority in the country in which she predominantly races. Exceptionally, with the agreement of the Rating Authority, she may apply through another Rule Authority.
8.14 On request and payment of a fee, and in accordance with any administrative rules published by the Rating Authority, the Rating Authority may supply a copy of a boat’s valid or immediately expired IRC certificate, including owner name, to any interested party.
9 9.1 9.2
RATING REVIEW Rule 9 does not apply to Equipment Inspection at an event.
Review of a boat’s rating may be requested at any time by the owner who should submit a review request through their Rule Authority to the Rating Authority. A fee may apply.
Anyone who has a valid interest in a boat’s certificate may also request rating review from the Rating Authority, by submitting a review request through their Rule Authority to the Rating Authority. A fee may apply. The owner of the boat subject to review will be requested to file a reply as soon as possible.
9.5 The Rating Authority may also review a rating at any time.
Review shall be based on all the available evidence. Where necessary, rated data shall be re-measured by an authorised measurer. The decision of the Rating Authority on any review shall be final.
For series produced boats, the rated data may have been standardised by the Rating Authority. Standard data shall not be subject to third party review or protest. A rating review may be requested by the
manufacturer or the class association of a series produced boat. Modifications to standard data shall be declared by the owner.
Where the TCC is reviewed and found to be not more than 0.005 greater than before, the contested rating shall be valid up to the date that the request for review was lodged with the Rating Authority, or in the case of a protest up to but excluding the race in which the protest was lodged, except that if Rule 8.9 applies then from the date of the change. This Rule may be amended by Notice of Race only to the extent that the 0.005 limit may be reduced.
Where the TCC is reviewed, either as a result of a rating review or a protest, and found to be more than 0.005 greater than before, the contested certificate is invalid from the date of issue.
In either case where the TCC is reviewed, the certificate becomes invalid if any re-measurement which increases the boat’s rating differs from the measurement shown on the certificate by more than 1% of: LH, LWP, Hull Beam, Draft, P, E, J, FL, STL, HLUmax, MUW, MTW, MHW (see Appendix 1); by more than 2% of SPA or HSA; by more than 5% of y, x or h; or by 5% in respect of weights; or if specific detail is clearly in error.
Following review and re-measurement, a new certificate may be issued which may be back-dated to the date that any erroneous data was supplied.
9.10 The owner of a boat requesting review of his own boat’s rating is liable for all measurement and rating costs. In all other cases, unless as a result of review a boat’s certificate is invalidated under Rules 9.7 or 9.8, the person requesting the review shall pay measurement and rating costs unless the Rating Authority orders otherwise.
10 RATING PROTESTS
10.1 As permitted by the RRS, a rating protest may be submitted to a protest committee. A protest committee may refer the matter to the Rating Authority with the appropriate fee.
10.2 In the event of protest, the boat’s rated data may be re-measured by an authorised measurer.
10.3 A boat whose certificate is invalidated as a result of an error or omission by a Rule Authority or by the Rating Authority, of which the
boat could not reasonably have been aware, may be penalised at the discretion of the protest committee. Additionally, a protest committee may order that races scored using the invalidated certificate shall be re-scored using the corrected TCC.
10.4 A boat whose certificate is invalidated in accordance with Rule 9.6 may be penalised at the discretion of a protest committee. Additionally, a protest committee may order that races under its jurisdiction scored using the invalidated certificate shall be re-scored using the corrected TCC.
10.5 Subject to the RRS, when a boat is penalised by a protest committee as a result of her certificate being invalidated under Rules 9.7 or 9.8, her owner shall be liable for measurement and rating costs unless the protest committee orders otherwise. In all other cases, the protestor shall be liable for measurement and rating costs.
10.6 When as a result of an action in a race or series, or the withdrawal of a certificate by the Rating Authority, a boat’s rating is reviewed and its TCC changes, the boat’s Member National Authority may be requested by the Rating Authority to investigate the circumstances and report its findings to the Rating Authority.
11 CHANGES TO CLASS RULES
11.1 A Rule Authority Prescription or Notice of Race may vary the requirements of IRC Rules 8.6, 9.6, 14.1, 15.1, 21.1.5 (d) (e) and (f), 21.8.4, and 22.4. Any Rule Authority prescriptions shall have been approved by the national IRC Owners’ Association when such exists. No other IRC Rules may be amended.
11.2 A Rule Authority may prescribe that for races under its jurisdiction requiring compliance with OSR Category 3 or above, Rule 21.6.1 is varied to the extent that a boat may carry one more spinnaker than shown on her current IRC certificate of area not greater than rated SPA without an increase in rating.
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