All are welcome to take part in a series of seminars this Spring

The technical hub of the Royal Ocean Racing

Club (RORC) is delivering a series of seminars to clubs all over the UK.

Nine presentations will be held, starting tomorrow and running until March, with venues stretching

from the Isle of Wight on the South Coast to Inverkip on the Clyde in


The roadshow by the UK-based RORC Rating Office aims to

encourage all the clubs in a specific region to work together to offer cohesive

and attractive racing to club sailors for the benefit of all.

The idea for the seminars came from a survey run by the

Rating Office last winter, which showed that sailors had many varied priorities

and concerns about racing, either under Spinlock IRC or local


The seminars are being presented by RORC’s technical

director Mike Urwin, who said: These seminars

will offer a discussion forum about improving turnouts generally; the

advantages of dual scoring, class splits, types of courses, and any other

issues relating to cruiser racing.

‘They should also dispel some of the many myths surrounding

IRC, such as the idea that it is only suitable for grand prix racers, which is

very far from the truth.’

Mike will also be explaining the highly practical

initiative for 2013, the Limited Validity TCC, for those who might like to do

one or two IRC events a year. 

In addition, members of the RYA Technical office will be

attending at least one of the seminars to introduce the new National Handicap

scheme for Cruisers (NHC).

The RORC Rating Office is urging all the individuals

undertaking key roles at the local clubs to attend, such as the sailing

secretary, club secretary, captain of racing and other flag officers; and of

course the sailors.

Events will be held at:

  • Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole on Wednesday 30 January, from

  • Blackwater Sailing Club, East Coast, Sunday 3 February,

    from 10.30am – all day
  • Kip Marina, Inverkip, Scotland, Monday 11 February, from

  • Brighton Marina Yacht Club, Brighton, Wednesday 13

    February, from 7.30pm
  • Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, South Wales, Tuesday 19 February,

    from 7.30pm
  • Pembroke Haven Yacht Club, Wednesday February 20, from

  • Royal Southern Yacht Club, Sunday 3 March, from 10.30am
  • Guernsey Yacht Club, Channel Islands, Thursday 14 March,

    from 7.30pm
  • Island Sailing Club, Isle of Wight, Thursday 21 March, from



here to find out more.

If you would be interested in arranging or hosting a

seminar in an area not covered here, email