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  • Beat the application rush
  • Trial certificate 25% discount
  • Short handed certificates
  • A message from the Rating Office team
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Beat the application rush

Currently the IRC certificate processing time is shorter than usual, up to a week. However, we are all looking forward to getting back on the water and we anticipate that when the restrictions on yacht racing are lifted there will be a sudden and high demand for IRC certificates. This will mean longer waiting times than usual and the risk of not getting your certificate in time for racing. You are therefore encouraged to apply now for your certificate, and you will also avoid the necessity of having to pay an expedited (double) processing fee.

We're all looking forward to being back on the water together.
Image: RORC/Paul Wyeth
25% Discount on IRC trial certificates until 31st May

As we all wait to get out on the water again after the imposed break, this is an ideal time to talk to your sailmaker, rigger or designer about any adjustments you could make to your boat and run an IRC trial to see the potential effect of the changes. Until 31st May the RORC Rating Office is cutting the cost of IRC trial certificates by 25% for boats holding a 2020 IRC certificate.

In line with normal IRC policy we will continue to have a limitation on how many trials may be requested in the certificate year; please check the published policy on the IRC website . Trial certificates allow current certificate holders to investigate the potential effects of data changes without affecting their valid rating; if you do not yet hold a 2020 IRC certificate you will need to revalidate it first, and this also provides you with the new rating as it may have changed with the 2020 software updates.

Trial process
Please apply for your IRC ratings online through the MyIRC online portal at ,
You will only get the option to apply for a trial if your boat holds a 2020 IRC certificate (if you don't yet hold one, see above regarding applying now before the rush).

For trial applications there is a two part process: when you submit the application the Rating Office receives the information in order to check and approve it before you pay. In the majority of cases trials are approved, but if is not for any reason we will let you know why. Once your trial is approved, you will receive an email asking you to log into MyIRC - the trial will show in your shopping basket ready for payment. The trial fee shown online will include the 25% discount.
Victory for the first two handed team to win the overall Trophy, 2019 Transatlantic Race
Image: RORC/Arthur Daniel
Time to try short handed racing?

Of course we'rel all keen to get back sailing with our friends, but for some maybe this autumn is the time to try some short handed racing, and RORC will be running the Short Handed National Championship in September. If you hold a 2020 IRC certificate and you want to try racing in a short handed class with a different configuration, for instance smaller sails or fewer spinnakers, you can apply for a short handed certificate. IRC Rule 8.2.1 gives full details (see link below). As with trial certificates, the application is a two part process as we need to approve it before you pay.

Lastly, a message from the Rating Office Team

The RORC Rating Office team continues to provide the excellent service expected from owners, clubs and the industry around the world. We are working remotely with a reduced staff and there is no interruption to issuing IRC certificates and helping with any questions or advice.

To contact us please email with brief details of your query, ensuring that you give us your phone number , boat name and sail number (if applicable).

We look forward to helping you ensure that your IRC rating is current and ready for when racing recommences.

Best wishes and stay well,
The Rating Office team:
Jason, Jenny, Carole, Emma and Sally