Race classes

There are four classes for racing boats (IRC, One Design, Performance Racing and Racing Multihulls), and four classes for the not-so-flat-out racers and cruising boats (IRC Passage, Cruising, Non-spinnaker and Cruising Multihulls).

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Race Classes

This page is an overview of the different classes available for Race Week 2018 - it is not part of the Notice of Race and is only intended as a guide about the differences between the classes.
There are two classes for measured rating boats (IRC and Racing Multihulls), four classes for non- rated boats Hamilton Island Class, Non-Spinnaker Class, Trailable Yachts Class and Multihull Hamilton Island Class) and classes for One Design yacht. 
Classes will be split into several smaller divisions so boats with similar speeds and of similar types will be racing together.

IRC Class  

  • Handicapped using IRC rating - certificate required*
  • Will be divisionalised so like boats race together 
  • Longer race Tuesday
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • Emphasis on fair racing courses with predominately island courses.
  • One day of two short races with the rest of the program one race per day. Most course marks are islands.
  • AS Category 5 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)
  • One day of two short races with the rest of the program one race per day. Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • AS 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)
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply for all races

Hamilton Island Class

  • For all types of non-IRC rated monohull yachts
  • Spinnakers are expected
  • This class will be split into several smaller groups to ensure like boats race together.
  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • Handicaps may be adjusted after each race
  • Longer race Tuesday
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • One day of two short races with the rest of the program one race per day for most divisions
  • Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply

Non-Spinnaker Class

  • As above for Hamilton Island Class, except that spinnakers are not permitted
  • Will include a separate division for Retro Big Boats (retired maxis etc) if there is sufficient interest
  • Never more than one race per day around scenic island courses
  • Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • AS Category 5 regulations apply for all races  

Trailable Yachts Class

  • For boats that can be trailed and launched on normal road trailers.
  • Spinnakers are expected
  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • Handicaps may be adjusted after each race
  • One lay day (Wednesday)
  • One day of two short races with the rest of the program one race per day Most course marks are islands (rather than buoys)
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply

Multihull Hamilton Island Class

  • For all types of non-OMR rated multihull yachts
  • Spinnakers are allowed (expected)
  • Handicapped on previous/known performance for the boat or the type of boat
  • Handicaps may be 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)
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply

Boats requiring an IRC certificate can get one (usually fairly easily) by contacting Australian Sailing 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/