Australian Sailing in Sailing Anarchy Posted April 20, 2020 I'm a couple of years out of date in NZ keel boats as am chasing the kids around. YNZ do a good job of listening to the active sailor while still dealing with the big clubs grizzling about all their launch owners and cruisers having to pay their affiliation fees. A lot of funding comes through the dinghy High Performance grants and foundations supporting children in boats. So they have an excess of resources in this area, but are getting the wages from targeted funding. People tend to forget this. In terms of Keel boats, IRC is dead. I'm biased but initially all certs had to be endorsed. We had a perpetual issue with Mike Irwin refusing to accept travel lift weights, or even 4 pads under travel lift wheels. Then everyone focused on Code 0s making their boats uncompetitive under IRC forgetting the extra pace they got which is why they bought them in the first place. And the cost of IRC renewals got a bit ordinary after a few years, especially for the racer cruiser which is the majority of our fleet, especially outside Auckland. Plus YNZ didn't do a good job of convincing clubs how to offer IRC scoring within their existing racing. As if 2 divisions starting 5 minutes apart but sailing the same course was really going to impact results. Sheesh. To be fair they don't do this well with PHRF either. Prior to IRC we had IMS Club which was actually ok. - now ORC Club. But there was pressure from owners to move to IRC because it was so popular in Oz. Look where that got us..... PHRF is a reasonable system. Over time it moves between a past performance bias to a measurement bias. Depends who the conveners are. I suspect it is currently on a past performance swing.