Technical Committee
Graham Bantock

Who am I? A graduate of naval architecture who found career satisfaction developing a business designing and manufacturing equipment for rc sailing. A dabbler at vegetable gardening, aficionado of good food, wine, art and music, and a man of Christian faith who tries to support his wife in her ministry. Experience in sailing? I have been a model yacht owner since 1959 and designer/builder/sailmaker since 1965. Introduced to ‘organised’ model yachting in 1968 and pursued free sailing avidly until 1985 when I took to rc sailing. During my time at university, and occasionally since, I took part in dinghy sailing/racing which taught me that rc sailing is (generally) far more pressurised from a cerebral point of view but almost totally free from the physical requirements. Since taking up rc sailing I have enjoyed success at all levels and the opportunity to meet with rc sailors worldwide. Through my involvement with SAILSetc I have also enjoyed the opportunity to design, build, develop and race many classes apart from the international ones. A National Judge for 20 years from 1998. Dissatisfaction with the standard of measuring at club level led to becoming a measurer in 1970 since when I have served two clubs as secretary and the GBR Model Yachting Association as district councillor, exhibition secretary and technical secretary. From 1987 to 2009 I served as a member of the MYRD (now IRSA) technical committee and as TC chairman from 1994 to 2000. During that time I worked with Jan Dejmo to formulate the IOM class rules. From 1995 to 2004 I was a member of the ISAF working party on the Standard Class Rules (SCR) and Equipment Rules of Sailing. I have been race officer for several national championships, have authored material in connection with race administration, ranking systems, ranking events, racing systems, observer duties and sailing instructions. From time to time I comment on other authors’ work associated with rules, judging and umpiring and am an occasional contributor of technical material for various publications ranging from club newsletters to Seahorse magazine. Overall responsibility for running a growing business since 1978 has given some insight into other aspects of administration. Objectives for IRSA.... From a technical point of view: Clarity in class rules, measurement and certification procedures is fundamental to top quality international competition whether casual or formal. Where grey areas emerge in class rules a considered response is needed. This should, ideally, take into account the wishes of the owners rather than of the few who speak on their behalf often without any consultation. IRSA regulations time limit interpretations to two years after which they become invalid. Before, or at that point, the class rules have to be updated if the effect of those interpretations is not to be lost. In 2014 the Marblehead and Ten Rater class rules were in need of routine maintenance and the A Class rules, edited by myself and still extant after 20 years, were well overdue for presentation in SCR format. This work has now been finished. In the same way that IMYRU (now IRSA) took the initiative by formulating an international one metre class in 1988, IRSA has provided an international SCR version, known as the 65 class rules that the owners may choose to use. This seems to have led to a possible world championships for the class, welcome in an age where air travel with even an IOM is becoming costly. From a general point of view it is my ambition to see IRSA function effectively as an international class association for all the international classes except the IOM, to involve more closely sailors with their class’s class rules and RRS Appendix E and to raise the standard of rule observance at IRSA events through improved observing/umpiring systems.