The IMS 600--boats that rate in IMS between 595 to 615 seconds per mile--offshore cruiser/racer class will be the small boat class, in. Don Genitempo, Chairman of the ISAF Offshore Classes sub-committee, and the lead for several past U.S. AC campaigns was pleased with the decision. "The selection of the IMS 600 Class was a very wise choice by the RORC," he said. "It provides a large existing base of active yachts from which to form a team, and being a dual purpose, production yacht, entry into the class is easy and affordable. We have identified over 270 yachts eligible for inclusion. Fleets are organized in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Scandinavia with the process underway in Germany, Holland and South America." As of October, some 200 boats fit the rule as well, including the IMX 40 and the Beneteau First 40.7. Popular U.S. classes such as the Farr 40 and the Farr 395 do not fit the rating band.