New hand­i­cap sys­tem lures big fleet for se­ries

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT SAILING - PETER CAMP­BELL

HO­BART yacht own­ers have em­braced IRC as the ma­jor hand­i­cap sys­tem for the Com­bined Clubs Sum­mer Pen­nant Se­ries which starts on the River Der­went to­day.

So far 33 yacht own­ers have reval­i­dated their IRC cer­tifi­cates or are in the process of get­ting rated un­der the hand­i­cap, dou­ble that of last sea­son.

The ma­jor ob­jec­tive is to pre­pare Tas­ma­nian boat own­ers and race of­fi­cers for the Aus­tralian Yacht­ing Cham­pi­onships to be con­ducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tas­ma­nia in Jan­uary 2020.

IRC is the Tat­ter­salls Cupde­cid­ing hand­i­cap sys­tem used in the Syd­ney to Ho­bart and most other ma­jor yacht­ing events in­ter­na­tion­ally. but in re­cent sea­sons the Vic­to­ria- de­signed AMS sys­tem has proven pop­u­lar, although only in Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia.

To­day’s race has at­tracted a fleet of more than 50 keel­boats, a river race start­ing and fin­ish­ing off Castray Es­planade, Bat­tery Point.

The fleet has been di­vided into four di­vi­sions and all but Divi­sion 4 will have re­sults based on IRC, AMS and PHS scor­ing.

How­ever, IRC re­sults from to­day’s har­bour race will be pro­vi­sional as some cer­tifi­cates have not come through in time to be used in cal­cu­lated cor­rected times. Re­sults will be re­cal­cu­lated when all yachts have re­ceived their rat­ings.

Divi­sion 1 of the Com­bined Club Sum­mer Pen­nant has at­tracted an out­stand­ing fleet of 18 boats of which all but one has en­tered the IRC cat­e­gory.

Head­ing the fleet are last sea­son’s sum­mer pen­nant win­ners In­trigue (IRC and AMS) and TasPaints (PHS), and short­course win­ner and Aus­tralian IRC cham­pion Philoso­pher.

Fleet pace­set­ters The Fork in the Road, Oskana, Doc­tor Who are also in the fleet, as well as Wild West and Cru­sader.

Five Divi­sion 2 boats and six Divi­sion 3 boats also now have ap­plied for IRC rat­ings, in­dica­tive of the boost for club rac­ing us­ing this rat­ing sys­tem.

In Sar­dinia, 2018 Tas­ma­nian Sailor of the Year Michael Cooper, sail­ing a new boat also named Ex­port Roo, is in ninth place over­all in the Melges 20 world cham­pi­onship.

In Syd­ney yes­ter­day, teenager Will Sar­gent won the sailoff for fifth place over­all in the Aus­tralian youth match rac­ing cham­pi­onship.

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