Another new rule?


IMS racing in the Med - this is going through intense growth at the moment.
 

IMS racing in the Med - this is going through intense growth at the moment.

A working party has been set up to solve the rift between IMS and IRM/IRC
Handicap round the cans yacht racing is going through an odd period at present. It is a growing sport, but globally it is highly fragmented and this is presenting a significant problem to organisers of international events. The principle reason for this situation is the lack of international agreement on a mutally acceptible handicapping system with, for example, the UK committed to racing under IRC/IRM while in the Mediterranean there is good competition taking place under IMS. Nowhere has this problem been highlighted more than the debacle over the Admiral's Cup, where RORC have had to cancel one event and with the new format for this year's race, they have been forced to forsake their own grand prix rule in favour of IRC and IMS or else risk no overseas competition. RORC are not alone among race organisers in facing this problem and there is a feeling internationally that moves must be made to get handicap yacht racing back to the position it was in during the heyday of IOR, when you could race competitively under one rule regardless of whether you were in Europe, the US or Australasia. In particular what is needed is a international rule for grand prix events. To address this problem, a new working party has been set up to examine whether or not a new rule could improve global unity in grand prix big boat racing and if so, what type of rule would it be? This action has been sponsored by RORC, ORC and US Sailing and was agreed at an ISAF meeting in November. On the working party are US Sailing's Peter Reichelsdorfer, Califonian navigator Stan Honey, RORC's Stuart Quarrie, Australian designer David Lyons, the ORC's Manolo Ruiz de Elvira, ISAF Paolo Massarini and consultant Olin Stephens. They had their first meeting on 24-25

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