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International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA)

IRSA is the worldwide radio sailing organization as an affiliated member of ISAF. IRSA is dedicated to the enhancement of both current and emerging world radio sailing classes through the promotion and development of consistent class rules, measurement methods, radio yachting racing rules and advice in running major racing events.











This is YOUR peak body. It is run by volunteers from all around the globe who cooperate together to develop and promote our beautiful sport. A small amount of your fees filters up to help continue the process.

Your Country, through your national Radio Yachting Association (called a Dedicated National Member, DNM) is member of the IRSA and helps vote in the Executive Committee every two years.

The basic structure of the IRSA is:

At the core is the Executive Committee (Chaired by Lester Gilbert) with various Technical and Race Rules Committees to consider questions and develop future regulations. Then come the Publicity Officer, General Secretary and Treasurer. Also attached to the Executive Committee are Regional officers for Europe, Americas and Oceania.

So what is the latest “goss” coming from the IRSA?

Actually the new Executive that was voted in last year has been very busy further developing the organisation. Rather than go into all the bits and pieces, here are some highlights currently in the pipeline:

Main Events

1.         Class Associations. The IRSA recently approved the setting of world associations for the three internationally recognised classes associated with the IRSA:

a.       Marblehead

b.      10Rater

c.       A-Class

The IOMs already set up their own world association (IOMICA) more than a decade ago and the current EC wants to use that successful model to do the same for these three classes. The advantages are many. The IRSA is in a unique position of being able offer the facilities, expertise and assistance to do this quickly and in a stable manner. At first they will be under the wings of the IRSA but it is a goal to have them emerge into fully independent world associations when appropriate in the future. IRSA will be in the background monitoring and helping develop regulations around their class rules, racing rules and international competitions.

It is also an aim of the IRSA to connect with emerging international classes and offer them also the same pathway to forming an operational international class (IC). A good example right now is the development of a set of complementary rules to help RG65s move ahead. It is better to be proactive and capture emerging classes than to watch them fade away because of the lack of constructive organisation.

2.         New and modern IRSA Website. A more modern and effective site is sorely needed and currently being developed by our Publicity Officer, Henning Faas. The prototype is currently being viewed as it is being “built” by Henning and is looking really good. Colourful, lots of pictures, easy to use, many links, news updates, historical pages, current and past champions, essential documents, what the committees are doing etc etc.

 A wonderful centre point for the Radio Sailing community and should go live some time in the next few months.


3.        Updating Class Rules. The Technical Committee, under Graham Bantock’s chairmanship, is moving through a long overdue analysis and update of the class rules for




For those who measure new boats know that there are many grey areas in the class rules along with a need to modernise the whole process. First, they are updating the current rules. Secondly, the whole certification process may be set up so as to make online registration easier. There are a number of countries already doing this.


4.         Call Book for Radio Sailing. The Racing Committee Chairman, Gordon Davies has co-authored a very interesting document that basically focuses on a range of cases specifically designed to help interpret the Racing Rules of Sailing through the eyes of Radio Sailors. It is close to being published through the IRSA and when it’s finally available, will be a great addition for us all to read and understand the rules better.

As you would imagine, there are all sorts of administrative stuff going on inside the IRSA that would bore you to tears if I described them all. Basically, the current executive is fully focused on modernising the association, offering better service to its clients (you) and also opening up options for the future development and promotion of the sport.

Being proudly European, we have a solid bunch of experienced volunteers from our great land involved in many parts of the new IRSA. As an example:

Lester Gilbert (GBR): Chairman

Graham Bantock (GBR): Technical Chairman

Terry Rench (GBR): Organisation and Policy Chairman

Henning Fass (GER): Publicity Officer

Gordon Davies (IRL): Racing Chairman

Matteo Longhi (ITA): Regional Officer Europe

Mirko Ukas (CRO): Racing Committee member

Nigel Winkley (GER): Racing Committee member

Patrice Montero (FRA): Racing Committee member

Andrea Roveccio (ITA): Technical Committee member

Gerd Mentges (GER): Technical Committee member

Michel Brun (FRA): Technical Committee member

Roberto Zanasi (ITA): Technical Committee member

Alex Cory (GBR): Technical Committee member

Dave Creed (GBR): Technical Committee member

Val Provoost (NED): Technical Committee member

Geoff Appleton (GBR): Racing Committee member

Henry Thorpe (GBR): Technical Committee member

John Simpson (GBR): Technical Committee member

Hope this helps, just remember that the rules and regulations we operate under were all developed for us by a large number of people over a long period of time almost all through voluntary actions. So buy your local representative, whether they be club committee or state secretary a beer sometimes just to be nice to them.


Matteo Longhi

(Europe Officer IRSA)

Can be found at: (happy to chat about anything to do with sailing anytime)













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