The Sussex Regatta and the combined clubs in Sussex use a number of different handicaps for yacht and dinghy racing. The systems that have been used include:
The IRC system is an international measurement-based system used for some races. Boats racing in IRC races should have a current valid IRC certificate which can be obtained (for a fee) from the ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB Rating Office.
The NHC (National Handicaps for Cruisers) system is a new system administered by the RYA. It is being used by the Sussex Regatta for the first time in 2015. It is predominantly a performance based system, with the handicaps of participating boats changing after every race. However, boats racing in NHC fleets need a NHC Base Handicap from which they start and this is usually based on simple measurements. NHC base handicaps and use of the NHC system are free.
NHC Base Handicaps are usually obtained from a list published by the RYA and updated regularly. To look up a NHC Base Handicap for your boat, you can search on the Sussex Regatta NHC Base Handicap Lookup tool - though the latest list is usually best found on the RYA website.
If your boat is not on the list mentioned above AND you are racing in the Sussex Regatta you must get a NHC Base Handicap by completing the NHC Online Application for this regatta. This service is NOT provided for boats that are not participating in the Sussex Regatta.