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IRSA March 2011
Press Release

IRSA  MYA update and general press release March 2011



On behalf of the permanent committee and the DM’s we would like to congratulate the UK DM the Model Yachting Association who are celebrating their centenary this year.  This is quite an achievement, as well as being the first model yachting association to reach this goal, and with such a diversity of radio sailing within the UK they are well set for the next 100 years.  I wonder how many of the existing DM’s will achieve this remarkable event.


Just recently IRSA have been approached by Israel and Czechoslovakia regarding joining the IRSA family, there have also been tentative enquiries from the RC Laser Class about the possibilities of their affiliation.  These enquiries have been specific but the committee have been fielding general queries from other classes and  associations.  Therefore we are assured that radio sailors around the world have taken to the organisation and lead given by IRSA for our sport.


Our committees have been working on a number of rule change proposals and interpretations concerning the IOM, Marblehead and 10 Rater classes.  The Marblehead skippers throughout Europe have strengthened the European Grand Prix by linking it with the UK MYA RM National Championships.


IRSA have been formally invited by ISAF to be included as part of the working party on changes to appendix E of the Rules of Sailing, this is the first time that radio skippers will have had a chance to input their ideas, without going via a MNA, on this section of the Rules which specifically applies to radio sailing.  We are in the process of convening our next general meeting and would welcome any input from DM’s so that we can involve them early on in any discussions.  We have reviewed our Constitution and after final scrutiny this will be submitted to ISAF for ratification and at the same time we hope to introduce the new IRSA logo.  


Tight sheets and full sails to you all, especially to those sailing in the IOM Worlds at West Kirby in May this year and all going well, a Marblehead Worlds in France in 2012.


Robert Hobbs Publicity Officer