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GeoffBow

J 88 IRC rating

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I have a mate interested in a J88 for handicap racing, does anybody know what the J88 IRC rating is?

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Some other UK boats have tried smaller sails and the IRC displacements of the fleet vary by around 100kg (!!!!!!!!!) and various boats have different sized sails due to age and remeasures but the lowest rated boat sits at around 1.028 and the highest now is around 1.036. Our boat sits at 1.032, we’re the heaviest boat (2386kg vs sub 2300kg for the lightest) but we have full sized class sails.

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Seems like a harsh rating.  How are the results for J 88s in IRC?

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Depends on conditions, in light airs the boat can be a weapon when sailed well, when it’s breezy the boat can sail to its rating too. Any racing in flat water we find the boat can be competitive, 10-18kts and lumpy seas is the worst conditions. In the light airs 2018 round the island race out of the 1600 boats to start we had the 12 fastest elapsed time of the entire fleet including the multihulls, we were an hour faster than a Ker 46!!
 

but apart from this the boats are generally not good in irc. It’s a 29 footer racing against 36 footers

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