The major change for IRC classes is that the race committee has agreed to delete IRC rule 22.4.2 for all club races, this means that the number of crew is decided by the skipper as in PY. I spoke to Emma Corden at RORC re this rule and she said the pressure to restrict crew numbers came from overseas IRC reps, mainly those organising one design and major regattas where the crew number was often based on weather conditions particularly the larger boats.

It is also worth mentioning that IRC rule 22.1.2 applies for our club races, bunk cushions may be removed without penalty. Nothing worse than a wet kite being dropped on a posh moquette bunk cushion, white salt stains tend to be there forever.

The IRC/RORC office are very keen to increase the number of boats using the system this year, they have had a survey asking why boats stick to either PY or a local system (Poole and Clyde being examples). Replies included ‘my boat is fully fitted out and I carry lots of cruising equipment’ or ‘I would need to buy new sails or gear to be competitive’ or ‘my rating is impossible to sail to’ all good reasons but the rating is a form of benchmark for your boat and if you can sail to your rating then you know you are getting there in boat/crew/racecraft terms.

We intend to go ahead with the idea of having some on the water race training by a former world champion Jochen Visser the format is that we start with a briefing/breakfast in the club then go out on the water accompanied by Jochen in a rib, practice starts and then do a series of windward/leewards naturally incorporating mark roundings and Jochen comes alongside to offer his views and solutions to our efforts.We finish up back in the club in the late afternoon for a final debrief. To make this work we need about 12 boats taking part with the cost being shared at about £30 per boat. This is very good value especially if the crew chip in, to do this sort of thing on an individual basis could cost up to £500 a day ! We are looking at a saturday in early June before the RTIR so you can use your new skills to maximum benefit. Please let either Rob or myself know if you are interested as soon as possible so we can fix the date.

The Regatta season is approaching fast and the combined clubs are starting to put the finishing touches to their events,as a club we do well in the series and I know that myself and the crew of Jeneral Lee were very proud to be IRC champions overall plus with Vision and Redeye winning the overall club team prize as well. Its a fact that the other clubs are very very keen to beat us this year so lets see plenty of entries in all classes and make sure that we remain the number one race club on the Sussex coast.

Have heard that club member Andy Uren has chartered out his First 40 (Winston) to no less than Ben Ainslie for RTI the big question is will he be allowed on the boat?

The pressure is starting to build on Diamond Jem in their quest to be picked for the English team in the Commodores Cup this summer at Cowes, lets hope that Robert and Neil and crew can achieve their aims and put BMYC on the international map, in any case they know that the club will be rooting for them to do well.

Graham Allen

Published: March 14, 2012