Blaming ratings and measurements is also a convenient way to reason away a good ole fashioned ass kicking too. Works great, I use it all the time and far less painful than looking in the mirror. It simply defies the laws of physics for a boat that is inherently slower and with an unfair rating to beat a faster boat if the slower boat is sailed by a better crew. Has never happened in the history of sailing. Must be the rating. :blink: (not directed at you Quagers, I get that you're just conveying what some think and not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with measuregeddon)There is a commonly held believe among a subset of the Solent yachting community that the IRC measurers in France and the French designers/yards might be....friendly.
I have no idea whether it's true or not. But plenty of people believe it.