Save the date: 2020 ORC European Championship 15-23 May 2020 Naples and Capri, Italy - Organizers from the Circolo Remo e Vela Italia (CRVI), Yacht Club Capri (YCC), Yacht Club Italiano (YCI) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the 2020 ORC European Championship will be part of three events that comprise Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2020, with dates set for 15-23 May 2020. These three events are the 66th edition of the Regata Dei Tre Golfi held over 16-18 May, the Capri Regatta that includes the Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy and Mylius Cup held over 19-23 May, as well as the ORC European Championship, with all regattas sailed on the Gulfs of Napoli, Salerno and Gaeta, in addition to around Capri island. This unique arrangement of coincident events will attract a wide diversity of racing yachts from throughout Europe and beyond, with boat types ranging from Classics to Racer and Cruiser/Racer offshore keelboats to Maxis, arrayed in an impressive week-long festival of sail. In fact, there is an overlap in events since the 150-mile Tre Golfi race from Napoli to Santa Lucia is the first race of the ORC European Championship regatta, and the overall winner in ORC scoring will receive the Coppa Senatore Andrea Matarazzo perpetual trophy. Also for the first time ORC will offer the new ORC Double Handed Olympic Certificate to all double-handed / double gender teams participating in the Tre Golfi race. This new format is in recognition of the new offshore medal discipline to start in the 2024 Olympic Games, with this special certificate type created by ORC at the request of World Sailing. ORC will also offer a special prize to the best performing mixed gender crew racing under this new certificate and the overall double-handed winner will receive the Coppa Beppe Knight perpetual trophy. After the Tre Golfi race, teams enjoy a lay day on Tuesday, 19 May in Capri before inshore course racing starts on Wednesday, 20 May and continues daily until concluding on Friday 21 May. The Prizegiving ceremony for the Tre Golfi race will be on Thursday evening, 20 May, while awards for the ORC Europeans will be after racing on Friday evening 22 May. Racing in the ORC European Championship will be in three classes, with three distinct sets of awards for Class A, Class B and Class C: the Rolex Trophy awarded to the winner of each class, with other trophies awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, a Corinthian Trophy for the highest-scoring all-amateur crew in each class, and ORC European Champion titles awarded to the top three European-based teams in each class. "We are very pleased to once again partner with the organizers of Rolex Capri Sailing Week to conduct an ORC championship event in Capri," said Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC. "From 2002 through 2004 we had three successful and competitive World Championships here, and look forward to our return next year to produce the same success in the 2020 European Championship." The Notice of Race for the 2020 ORC European Championship is available now at www.rolexcaprisailingweek.com. Registration for entries will begin on 15 November 2019.
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One Week left to the start of the ORC European Championship 2019 72 entries to compete from 8 nations for three 2019 ORC European Champion titlesOxelosund, Sweden - ORC championship racing ORC championship racing re-focuses from the Med region to the Baltic with next week's start of the ORC European Championship 2019 in Oxelosund, Sweden. Hosted by the Oxelosund Sailing Club, this event held on the eastern coast of Sweden will bring 72 entries from 8 countries throughout Europe to race in three separate classes from Wednesday 14 August to Saturday 17 August. The event starts with measurements, inspections, and registration held on Sunday and Monday 11-12 August, with the first Skipper's Meeting followed by a Practice Race held on Tuesday 13 August. Then racing commences on Wednesday with a windward-leeward Inshore race starting at midday, followed by an Offshore race held in the evening. Inshore racing will be held on two course areas: one for the 8 teams in Class A and 22 teams in Class B, and a second area for the 42 teams competing in Class C. Racing then continues on Thursday 14 August with a single Inshore race, while the remaining days of Friday and Saturday 16-17 August will feature two Inshore races each day, followed by the Awards ceremony Saturday evening. European Champion prizes and titles are awarded for the top three results in each class, in addition to the top all-amateur Corinthian teams in each class as well. Favorites to watch in ORC Class A include two podium finishers at past ORC Championship events: Erik Berth's Swan 45 Tarok 7 and Ralf Lassig's XP 44 Xenia. Berth and his team from Denmark won Silver medals in Class A at the ORC Worlds in Copenhagen in 2016 and Silvers again at the 2017 ORC European Championship in Gdansk. Lassig and his team from Germany were Bronze medalists in Class 2 at the last ORC European Championship held in Sweden, the 2013 edition sailed in Sandhamn. Yet for local-based offshore prowess, Marcus Dennerstedt's Latini 52 Nirvana has to be considered a strong contender as well, having won their class in the AF Offshore Race in late June. Rolf Relander's modified Cookson 50 Furiosa from Estonia was second and Samuli Leisti's TP 52 Zer°Emission from Finland was third in this prestigious 352-mile race. In Class B there are numerous teams that have faired well in past ORC Championships but one in particular stands out for their past success: Priit Tammemagi's modified X-41 Premium has been on the podium in Class B for all of the ORC European Championships held in the Baltic region in the last six years, including Silver in Sandhamn in 2013, Silver again in Parnu, Estonia in 2015, and Bronze in Gdansk in 2017. Also notable is Tiit Vihul's X-41 Olympic from Estonia who earned Bronze at last year's World Championship in The Hague, and Axel Seehafer's X-41 Sportsfreund from Germany who won the ORCi class at Kiel Week's Kiel Cup in June. Class C is the largest and often the toughest class in ORC championship events. In Oxelosund this may be true as well, with several top contenders competing among 42 entries from 7 countries. However, one team stands out as the favorite on the strength of not just impressive local performance (they are the reigning AF Offshore Race champions in their class), but a string of multiple World and European Class C titles and podium finishes: Patrik Forsgren's modified First 36.7 Pro4U. This team from Stockholm has won both previous Baltic-based European championships in Gdansk in 2017 and Parnu in 2015, as well as winning Bronze at the Worlds in the Hague last year and in Copenhagen in 2016, Silver in Kiel in 2014, and Bronze in Helsinki in 2012. But they will have some impressive opposition in two strong teams from Estonia. One is Ott Kikkas's Italia 9.98 Sugar, who in June while sailing their new Italia 11.98 won Gold in Class C at the 2019 ORC World Championship in Sibenik, Croatia. And in previous ORC European Championships they have also done well: Bronze in Gdansk in 2017, Silver in Porto Carras, Greece in 2016, Silver in Parnu in 2015, and Gold in Sandhamn in 2013. Another is Aivar Tuulberg's Arcona 340 Katariina II, who with their mixed Italian/Estonian team are the reigning Class C European champions with Gold won in Limassol, Cyprus last year, in addition to Silver in Gdansk in 2017, Gold in Porto Carras in 2016 and Silver in Sandhamn in 2013. Meanwhile before the start of the racing in Oxelosund, later this week on Thursday 8 August, about 30-40 boats are expected to also compete in the Swedish ORCi Offshore Championship being held at the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS) in Sandhamn, about 50 miles northeast. This is regarded to be one of the best regatta areas in Sweden and will feature three days of 7 races, including one offshore race and six inshore races. This championship event will be used by some as a tune-up for the European Championship, and the top finisher among the Swedish teams will be crowned as the Swedish ORC National Champion. For more information on the ORC European Championship 2019, visit https://orc2019.oxss.nu. For more information on the Swedish ORCi National Championship, visit https://ksss.se/kappsegling/ksss-kappseglingar-2019/sandhamnsregattan. More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org. Since 1969, ORC has been a world leader in providing a scientific and transparent rating system used to create fair racing among a broad variety of boat types, from Sportboats to Superyachts. Nearly 10,000 ORC certificates were issued to boats from 45 countries by 35 ORC national rating offices in 2018. Since 1999 ORC has organized annual ORC World Championships, in 2018 a combined IRC/ORC Offshore World Championship, and other inshore and offshore racing events sanctioned by World Sailing, with recent events attracting over 100 entries from dozens of countries around the world. www.orc.org
Teams from all over the world sailed this weekend in the RORC Channel Race, the 11th race of the RORC Season's Points Championship, which precedes next month's Rolex Fastnet Race. W36 Hubo won the 2019 RORC Channel Race in double handed / IRC3 group More on the race Teams from as far away as Australia, China, and Russia, competed with teams from all over Europe and Scandinavia. Starting from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, a course of up to 160nm will be chosen by the RORC Race Management team. 80 teams are expected to be racing for the overall win, decided by the best corrected time under IRC, the rating rule administered by the RORC and the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large (UNCL). IRC Zero 12 teams will be racing in IRC Zero, the largest fleet for the big boat class since the 2019 RORC Caribbean 600. Three teams are likely to compete for Line Honours: VO65 Team Brunel raced by a mainly Finnish crew, led by Robert Staeuber (SUI) and Ysbrand Endt (NED). VO65 Ambersail II will be sailed by a predominantly Polish crew, but also include the combined talents of Brian Thompson (GBR), and Nicholas Lunven (FRA). Also, one of the favourites for Line Honours will be Maxi72 Sorcha, sailed by Peter Harrison (GBR) with Steve Hayles (GBR) navigating. After IRC time correction, a multitude of teams have a proven track record including; Botin IRC 52 Tala - David Collins (GBR), Cookson 50 Kuka 3 - Franco Niggeler (SUI), Cookson 50 Riff Raff - Brian McMaster (AUS), NMYD 54 Teasing Machine - Eric de Turkheim (FRA), Ker 46 Lady Mariposa - Nigel King (GBR), and Ker 43 Baraka GP - Harmen de Graaf (NED) Class leader for the season, A13 Phosphorous II - Mark Emerson (GBR) will be in action, but five of the top teams in the class will not be racing. Several teams have the chance to climb up the leaderboard, including HH42 Ino XXX - James Neville (GBR), Ker 40 Keronimo - Lars & Birgitta Elfverson (SWE), J/112 Darkwood - Michael O'Donnell (IRL), and Corby 38 Double Edge - Chris Schram (NED). The much travelled Lombard 46 Pata Negra will be sailed by a Chinese team for the Rolex Fastnet Race. XP-44 Xtra Staerk skippered by Arto Linnervuo (FIN) is back racing with the RORC with his Finnish crew. The Tall Ships Youth Trust has three entries, all with sail training crew. Cowes Race School's Corby 45 Incisor - James Gair (GBR), and Ker 46 Tonnerre de Glen - Dominique Tian (FRA), will also be in action. IRC Two JPK 11.80 Sunrise - Tom Kneen (GBR), will be looking to extend their class lead for the RORC season. Sun Fast 3600 Tigris sailed Two-Handed by Gavin Howe (GBR) has an opportunity to improve on their impressive fifth in class for this season. Skylander - Yuri Fadeev (RUS) is the leading First 40 for the season, but hard on the Russian's heels are Sailing Logic's fleet of First 40s. Hoping to take the lead after the Channel Race will be Lancelot II - Jon Tyrrell (GBR) and Arthur Logic - Jim Bennet (GBR). Cowes based Performance Yacht Racing have two boats racing, Grand Soleil 43 Quokka 8 and J/120 Sunset, with the crews for next month's Rolex Fastnet Race. J/122 Jolly Jellyfish will be sailed by the Seaventus Russian Offshore Racing Club, managed by Alexander Vodovatov. Sun Fast 3600 Bellino, 1957 Laurent Giles sloop Cetewayo, Sigma 38 Sam, Class40 Manic - RORC Channel Race - photo © Event MediaSun Fast 3600 Bellino, 1957 Laurent Giles sloop Cetewayo, Sigma 38 Sam, Class40 Manic - RORC Channel Race - photo © Event Media IRC Three The Sun Fast 3600s Black Sheep and Bellino will be continuing their battle for both class and overall supremacy in the 2019 RORC Season's Points Championship. Black Sheep is skippered by Jake Carter (GBR) and owned by Trevor Middleton (GBR). Rob Craigie & Deb Fish race Bellino Two-Handed. A35 Eaujet - Richard Elliott (GBR), will be racing, hoping to make the class podium after the Channel Race. Top competition comes from Jean-Eudes Renier (FRA) and Jack Trigger (GBR), racing JPK 10.80 Shaitan Two-Handed. Admiral's Cup winner, Erik van Vuuren (NED), will be racing Two-Handed with his W36 Hubo. A flotilla of four J/109s will be in action in IRC Three, part of the fleet of 19 J/109s that will compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race. The Royal Armoured Corps and RAF will be in this weekend's combat zone, as will JYS Jan with a young Maltese team led by Nikki Henderson (GBR). The Dutch duo, Joppe Schepers & Jasper Heikens, will be racing Two-Handed with Jomalija. IRC Four Nigel & Tim Goodhew (GBR) continue their Two-Handed campaign this weekend, racing Sun Fast 3200 Cora. The father and son team lead IRC Four, and are placed third overall for the season. For the Channel Race, Cora is one of a few light-weight flyers that will be taking on heavy-weight opposition including: the 1957 Laurent Giles sloop Cetewayo - David Murrin (GBR), S&S 41 Winsome - Harry Heijst (NED), Dehler 38 Longue Pierre - Cooper & England (GBR), Swan 36 Finola - Chris Frost (GBR) and Sir Francis Chichester's famous 53ft ketch Gipsy Moth IV - Richard Chalmers (GBR). Four Sigma 38s will be racing in IRC Four: Kindred Spirit - Christoffer Kobusch (GER), Rho - Sophie O'Neill (GBR), Sam will be skippered by Peter Hopps (GBR), and Machismo II, skippered by Tim Levett (GBR), will be crewed by the Olden family. Seacart 30 Buzz - Ross Hobson (GBR) and Class40 Manic - Ian Hoddle (GBR), will both be competing under multihull and Class40 rules. Flyer winner of the 1977-78 Whitbread Round the World Race is also entered, skippered by Marc van Bemmel (NED). The impressive RORC fleet will be divided into three starts from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes. The first start is scheduled for 0900 on Friday 27th July. The best vantage points will be along Cowes Green and Egypt Esplanade on the Isle of Wight. Follow the race online with YB AIS tracking showing each boat's position and class ranking. yb.tl/channel2019 For more information about the RORC Season's Points Championship, the world's largest offshore racing series: rorc.org
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Impressive turnout of 113 entries from 17 countries to compete in 8 inshore and offshore races held over 3-8 June Sibenik, Croatia - D-Marin Mandalina, Sailing Club Val and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to welcome 113 teams of competitors from 17 nations to the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship. The event runs over 31 May - 8 June and is based in the beautiful and historic town of Sibenik in Croatia, with race course areas set to the west among the adjacent islands of the famous Dalmatian coast. After measurement and registration is held over Friday-Sunday, 31 May - 2 June, then racing begins on Monday 3 June with the long offshore race finishing on Tuesday 4 June, followed by two days of inshore course racing on Wednesday-Thursday, 5-6 June. Friday 7 June will be a short offshore or coastal race, and racing concludes on Saturday 8 June with more inshore racing and the Prizegiving ceremonies in the evening. This large fleet will be divided based on boat size and speed into three separate classes that will be competing for three separate ORC World Championship titles. Class A has the largest and fastest yachts in the fleet, and features 14 teams from 8 countries. Among these are some veteran teams who are not strangers to ORC Worlds competition, such as: - Marco Sarafini's TP52 XIO: Gold medalist in the 2013 Worlds in Ancona, Silver medalist the next year in Barcelona, and in the top five in the light air Worlds in Trieste in 2017;- Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3: this team in Trieste lost the Bronze medal in a heartbreaking tiebreak in an extremely close series where the top four boats were separated only by 4 points...this team was one of the first to register for this regatta and will be hungry to avenge that loss for a better finish on the podium;- Roberto Monti's TP52 Air is Blue: this team campaigned their GP42 Airis for years in the MedCup series, then earned a Bronze medal at the 2012 Worlds in Helsinki before switching to a modified Melges 32 to win Gold in Class C in the Trieste Worlds. Their latest switch to a TP52 for this event will be most interesting to watch. In Class B the challenge will be not only the numerous past champions in this class, but the size of the class itself: at 49 entries from 10 countries, this is one of the largest turnouts in Class B competition since ORC World championships started two decades ago in 1999. Some notable entries in this class include numerous contenders from the 2017 Trieste Worlds: - Massimo de Campo's Swan 42 Selene Alifax, who will want to improve on their Silver Medal performance in Trieste to get Gold here in Sibenik;- Nadia Canalaz's M45 Horus skippered by Furio Benussi will also be a strong rival, having been beaten by Selene Alifax by 10 points to settle for Bronze medals in Trieste;- Diego Zanco's X-41 Nube skippered by Mate Arapov is one of the stronger local-based Croatian teams, finishing just off the podium in fourth place in Trieste;- Enrico D'Angelo's Arya 415 Give Me Five skippered by Massimo Pagliarin was fifth place in Trieste, but only on a tie-break with Nube;- Nicola de Gemmis's Grand Soleil 39 Morgan IV, whose team won Bronze medals at the 2014 ORC European Championship in Valencia, Spain and who finished third in the overall standings in last year's UVAI season championship series, may also come through the pack. As usual, Class C is the largest at the Worlds, and has this year been capped to 50 entries to allow races managers to handle the large crowds on their course area. This has been a battleground for existing production racer and racer/cruiser designs, but also several custom designs introduced in the last several years, with this year being no exception, with many following with interest the following entries: - Ott Kikas's Sugar skippered by Sandro Montefusco combines a seasoned and successful mixed Estonian and Italian crew who have been on the podium in numerous past ORC European championships (eg, Silver in 2017 in Gdansk, Poland, Silver in 2016 in Porto Carras, Greece, Silver in 2015 in Parnu, Estonia, and Gold in 2013 in Sandamn, Sweden) with a brand new platform, the Polli-designed Italia 11.98;- Aivar Tuulberg's custom Cossutti-designed Katariina II is another team of mixed Estonian and Italian talent, and are the reigning ORC European Champions, a title they also earned in 2016 in Porto Carras. They have reportedly made modifications to their boat over this past winter to be even more competitive, since a podium finish at a World Championship has still eluded them some would say they are overdue for this level of results;- Rudolf Vrestal's Italia 9.98 Giulia from the Czech Republic made the long trip to Cyprus at last year's ORC Europeans and collected Silver medals for their efforts in Class C. They will be keen to repeat this result or better on the podium in Sibenik. "Over the past four years we have organized numerous international regattas in Croatia, with the strategic direction of promoting sailing sport in the destinations we work in. We are exceptionally proud that we are the general sponsor of this great sporting event and we are delighted that this sport will bring good wind in Sibenik's sails next week," said Burak Baykan, CEO of D-Marin Group. "This is a impressive field of competitors coming to Sibenik, its great to have a World Championship once again exceed 100 entries," said Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC. "We are very grateful for the hard work put in by the organizers at Sailing Club Val, D-Marin Mandalina and our own technical and promotional team at helping efficiently organize a group this large so that the teams can focus on their sailing and having a good time once they arrive. We expect a good range of conditions and race formats throughout the week so that the teams on the podium at the end of the week truly represent the best offshore handicap sailors in the world." Since 1969, ORC has been a world leader in providing a scientific and transparent rating system used to create fair racing among a broad variety of boat types, from Sportboats to Superyachts. Nearly 10,000 ORC certificates were issued to boats from 45 countries by 35 ORC national rating offices in 2018. Since 1999 ORC has organized annual ORC World Championships, in 2018 a combined IRC/ORC Offshore World Championship, and other inshore and offshore racing events sanctioned by World Sailing, with recent events attracting over 100 entries from dozens of countries around the world.