Nautor's Swan endorse IRC
This statement was made by Chieffi, following the ongoing debate regarding the development of the different rating rules. Although the IMS rule has enjoyed a greater profile in yacht racing, the tables are turning towards the more 'inclusive' IRC rule. Chieffi believes that in order to ensure the popularity of sailing continues to grow globally, a simple and fair handicap system must be widely used, one that evaluates boats in a consistent and uncomplicated way. The IRC rule is designed around these principles, providing a handicap that is driven by participation, allowing a broad range of owners and sailors to enjoy competitive and yet fair racing.
It is an ethos cherished by Nautor's Swan, whose models can be seen at a wide range of regattas and races throughout the world. Swans are not designed around any particular rule and yet they do perform better under the IRC, providing owners with the opportunity to race at some of the most exciting events in the racing calendar.