James Dadd, Director of the RORC Rating Office, writes an article every two months for Seahorse Magazine. Seahorse has kindly agreed to the article text being published here, a couple of months after publication in their magazine.
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Sept 2016 - Transparency can mean many different things.
July 2016 - "Over the years there have been many rating rules.. the vast majority rely on a single number scoring system but several have tried multiple number systems; there have been some dramatic failures, and also some interesting successes." A comparison of single v. multiple number scoring systemss
May 2016 - "Rob (Weiland) is not alone in assuming that IRC caters better for the fast 40+ fleet and sports boats than for the majority of the cruiser racer fleet. However, I suspect if you ask the Ker 40 owner or Farr 280 owner that question they will say the opposite.. [and] in reality the vast majority of racing is in the cruiser racer fleet."
Mar 2016 - "..When exciting events like the RORC Caribbean 600 or Rolex Sydney to Hobart race are being discussed, it is the Comanche and Rambler 88 images that come to the forefront of your mind when considering the IRC fleet. But this is a tiny percentage of the IRC fleet, and does not represent the vast majority of production cruiser racer that have considerable success all over the World racing under IRC..."
Feb 2016 "..I do believe that we do finally have a class evolving that could be worthy of another great trophy of that age – the One Ton Cup. In the autumn of 2015 a group of owners gathered in the Solent area and agreed on the creation of the Fast 40+ class along the same lines as the successful Maxi 72 class..."