In recent years the club has provided racing on Friday nights for boats racing under the IRC (International Rating Certificate) system. Some years ago the club also provided racing for boats under the RYA Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) scheme but this fell into abeyance when the RYA stopped providing support for the PY system. The result is now a fairly widespread perception that racing for RCYC members is largely at the high end of the racing spectrum, both in quality and performance, and some members feel that there is little provision for the Corinthian sailor who just wishes to take part in low-cost club racing in his or her boat, which is more often than not primarily used for cruising with family and friends rather than as a stripped-out racing machine.
The Sailing Committee wishes to encourage all members to join in, including those who have rarely raced before, so it has decided to re-introduce non-IRC racing on Friday nights: boats in these classes will be handicapped using the same system as has been used for some years now in Falmouth Week. IRC racing will of course continue as before, in addition to this initiative.
There will be a talk on 23 March at the club, which will focus on:
- what is planned for non-IRC racing this year
- the handicap system to be used and the recent improvements to it
- how to enter
- how to prepare your boat for racing
- how to race safely around a race course
The talk will start about 8pm, after a sailing supper, and should take about 75 minutes. The emphasis will be on interactive discussion throughout; the ethos will be to encourage members to race and to advise them on how best to achieve this. This will be aimed at those who are perhaps new to racing, but more experienced racers will be welcome in order to pass on hints and tips to the new racers.
The traditional Skippers Briefing will take place on 30 March and, to supplement the talk the previous week, there will also be a discussion of the Racing Rules of Sailing, aimed at the ingénue racer but also focussing on some of the recent changes to the rules and the new sailing instruction concerning the moorings in Falmouth Harbour. Once again, all are welcome to attend.