New ORC winners in Helly Hansen NOOD regattas


31 March 2017

  For many years the series of regattas held throughout the US known as the Helly Hansen NOOD Regattas have attracted the best in local and regional talent, usually in keelboat One Design racing (NOOD: National Offshore One Designs). In several locations around the USA these regattas are among the most popular in the local racing season, and typically attracts dozens of entries and hundreds of sailors each.

In some locations the NOOD’s also feature racing under handicap, and at this year’s edition in St Petersburg, FL in mid-February and in San Diego in mid-March the organizers from Sailing World magazine supported the formation and the scoring of one class in each event using ORC Club ratings for participating entries.

In the St Petersburg NOOD, this meant three days of racing for 10 boats of mixed sizes and designs that were dual-scored from two classes of PHRF competitors, and in San Diego a complete separate class of fast sportboats was formed and scored among 5 entries for two days of racing.

“This was a modest, but important start to introduce use of ORC at local levels in the US,” said Dave Reed, Editor of Sailing World. “In St Pete the dual scoring produced the same winner, but a slightly different order of results among the top five. What is more interesting was that in four races sailed, the fleet was more competitive using ORC, with an average of 30% closer corrected time margins than with use of PHRF.”

Using ORC’s Triple Number windward/leeward ratings in Time on Time in mostly Low wind conditions, the winner in ORC scoring in St Pete was Iris Vogel’s J/88 Deviation, but only by tie-break with Grant Dumas’s Tripp 38 Warrior.

Similarly, in San Diego Triple Number ToT ratings were used to score five races (four in Medium conditions on Saturday, one in Low wind conditions on Sunday) and the winner was Kym Kapalla’s Melges 32 M2 by a margin of one point over Oliver Michaelis’s Far 30 OD TroubleSpot.



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