Race Classes

This page is an overview of the different classes available for Race Week 2017 - it is not part of the Notice of Race and is only intended as a guide about the differences between the classes.
There are five classes for racing boats (IRC Racing, IRC Passage, One Design, Racer/Cruiser and Racing Multihulls), and four classes for the not-so-flat-out racers and cruising boats (Cruising, Non-Spinnaker, Trailable Yachts and Cruising Multihulls). 
Having said that, though, all classes will be "racing" and the idea is to get to the finish line as fast as possible.  Spinnakers are expected in all classes except Non-Spinnaker Class.
It is expected that classes will be split into several smaller divisions so boats with similar speeds will be racing together.

IRC Racing Class  

  • For the top class racers.
  • May be divisionalised subject to the number of entries  
  • Handicapped using IRC rating - certificate required*
  • Longer race Tuesday
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Emphasis on fair racing courses including windward/leeward courses as well as island courses.
  • YA Category 5 regulations apply for all races

IRC Passage Class

  • Intended for more cruising orientated yachts
  • Handicapped using IRC rating - certificate required*
  • Medium Distance race on Tuesday
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • One race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply for all races

Racer/Cruiser Class

  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • May be divisionalised subject to the number of entries 
  • Handicaps adjusted after each race.
  • Medium Distance race on Tuesday
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • One day of two short races with the rest of the program one race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands.
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply for all races

Racing Multi-Hull Class

  • Handicapped using a Performance Handicap based on OMR (Offshore Multihull Rule) ratings.
  • For high performance Multi-Hulls boats
  • Longer race Tuesday
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Never more than one race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • YA Category 5 regulations apply for all races

One Design Class (Melges 32, McConaghy 38, Sydney 38, Farr 30, ..…)

  • Must be in One Design trim with current class certificate
  • Competing off scratch - no handicaps
  • Longest race approximately 23 miles
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Strong emphasis on windward/leeward courses
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply for all races

Cruising Class

  • For all types of cruising yachts
  • Typically working sails are made of non-full-on exotic materials (Race committee may make some allowances)
  • Spinnakers are permitted (expected)
  • This class will be split into several smaller groups
  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • Handicaps adjusted after each race
  • Longest race approximately 26 miles
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Never more than one race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

Non-Spinnaker Class

As above for Cruising Class, except that spinnakers are not permitted
will include a separate division for Retro Big Boats (retired maxis etc) if there is sufficient interest

Trailable Yachts Class

  • For boats that can be trailed and launched on normal road trailers.
  • Spinnakers are permitted (expected)
  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • Handicaps adjusted after each race
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Never more than one race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply 

Cruising Multihull Class

  • For all types of cruising multihull yachts
  • Typically working sails are not made of full on exotic materials (Race committee may make some allowances)
  • Spinnakers are allowed (expected)
  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • Handicaps adjusted after each race
  • Longest race approximately 26 miles
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Never more than one race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

Boats racing in Classes that require an IRC certificate can get one (usually fairly easily) by contacting their State Yachting Authority:

  • Yachting Queensland - 07 3393 6788
  • Yachting NSW - 02 9660 1266
  • Yachting ACT - 02 6295 1436
  • Yachting Victoria - 03 9597 0066
  • Yachting Tasmania - 02 6383 4719
  • Yachting South Australia - 08 8410 2117
  • Yachting Western Australia - 07 9386 2438
  • Yachting Northern Territory - 08 8945 2506 
Yachts outside Australia requiring a certificate should contact their local yachting authority, or Yachting Australia on 61 2 8424 7400, or email office@yachting.org.au

Multihull boats requiring an OMR rating can get one by contacting Queensland Multihull Yacht Club http://www.mycq.org.au