Three main areas encompass SORC racing” Racing Rules of Sailing”, ISAF safety regulations and IRC ratings.
Racing rules of sailing
Most Solo racers have raced in some form before so will have a reasonable knowledge of the rules. Various “The rules explained” books exist for greater clarification. As all yachts are Solo common sense generally dictates a greater degree of space given between boats etc.
ISAF cat 4 & 3
Most SORC races are cat 4. This information can be downloaded from www.sailing.org/documents/isaf-regulations.php. You must check sailing instructions to confirm what category is applied. TIP - It is a good idea to highlight or make a separate list of physical “must have” items required.
All yachts are welcome to race but to be included in SORC IRC results you must have a current year IRC Certificate. This can be self-measured and submitted online through the RORC Rating Office, and is quite straight forward. Any changes made during the year must be amended on certificate (reduced fee). Such amendments and any other queries should be notified to the race officer/committee well before subsequent races – not on race day!
To compete in Channel Week or Ocean Race events there are qualifying conditions – see Notice of Race.