Some small changes have been made to the ICRA general rules following a successful first season under its new revamped committee and constitution.
Overall the objective of the General Rules remains the same; to help race organisers keep their documentation simple while helping competitors by keeping the detail consistent from event to event. Much of the rules remain the same with changes representing an evolution based on learning's from the 2019 season.
The statement of the fundamental principles of seamanship has been updated to bring it fully into line with the requirements of the main IRC events.
The 'confusing' use of the term ‘ICRA classes’ has been changed to ‘standard groupings’. A mechanism for reassigning boats between divisions and carrying over scores has been added.
Minimum requirements for safety equipment have been added. Again these standardize the requirements already in place at national IRC events.
Using the number of boats in a division to decide overall prizes can be seen as somewhat arbitrary. A means of calculating an Overall Score using the previous years Boat of the Year scores to assess the competitiveness of each division is provided.
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