Why has IRSA created the provisional IRSA 65 Class?

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The RG65 class appeals to a large number of builders because they can exploit exotic construction methods without the problems associated with larger scale building projects. Construction can be as convenient as on a kitchen table. Sail making can be accomplished in a relatively small space. The class is a ‘development’ or ‘open’ class so builders have freedom to improve performance that is deliberately blocked in ‘one design’ or ‘closed’ classes.

The boat with all its rigs will comfortably fit into a well designed pack not much bigger than a box used to transport an IOM hull. The prospect of travelling by public transport, as well as by plane without having to pay for excess baggage, is a realistic one. The restriction on the number of rigs serves to restrict cost and complexity, and the boats can be sailed in a space as small as an Olympic swimming pool. A well set up RG65 performs remarkably well, so it is easy to see why the class is popular.

While the RG65 class rules do not meet the required standards for the class to become an IRSA designated class it is not possible for the class to hold a world or continental championship. However, it is consistent with IRSA’s constitutional object to develop the sport of rc sailing throughout the world to lend support to the sailors of any class that is popular internationally. For this reason the provisional IRSA 65 class rules have been created.

Creating a provisional IRSA 65 Class opens up the possibility of world and continental championships. Robust class rules are now in place so that continued participation in the class is not adversely affected by escalating costs. In this way it is believed the class will attract greater numbers of participants and the level of competition in the class will increase enormously. For these reasons IRSA is interested in assisting the class.