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IRC Race Management Guidelines Updated

16th January 2023
A start of a RORC IRC National Championship race in 2022
A start of a RORC IRC National Championship race in 2022 Credit: Rick Tomlinson

The IRC rating Race Management Guidelines offer advice to event organisers for racing under RORC's IRC Rules for cruiser racing.

They include guidance and suggestions that a race organiser may wish to consider and give suitable wording that may be used in a Notice of Race while allowing the freedom for these to be tailored to specific circumstances or the local fleet.

Subjects covered by the guidelines include crew limitations and ways to encourage youth and female crews, different ways to split your fleet into appropriate classes, protest limits, certificate validity and rating changes.

The guidelines have recently been updated with the addition of the new secondary certificate and the subsequent importance of setting a suitable rating deadline, and suggestions for events that wish to allow autopilots.

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