IRC or ORC? Let’s knock it off! No more absurd double rankings! As in the 2018 World Cup


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IRC and ORC together, the all-time rivals seem to have decided it’s time to stop with this unlikely division that is unique in the sports world (as if there are two winners in an athletic race). The announcement concerns the 2018 World Offshore World Championship in Scheveningen, Netherlands, which will be the first with “unified fees.” Yes, you have understood correctly, the “compensated time lords” seem to have finally realized that this division only hurts sailing and it would seem, we hope, that the groundwork has been laid for a gradual unification of the two systems.

The 2018 world championship will be run with the two ratings in parallel but what is important is that the final ranking will be single. Only one winner, as it should be and as happens in all other sports. Participants will have both certificates, and the final results will be an average of what the boat gets in ORC and IRC, according to a regulation being finalized.

The hope is that this innovation is really a way to simplify, and make more understandable, the world of compensated time racing. In fact, this premise should, in our view, lead forcefully toward the unification of the two systems: no more double winner of races, no more of this ridiculous duplication of rankings. It would benefit the whole movement, gaining in attraction and also becoming more understandable to non-specialists.



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