First discard tightens the scoring at ORC Europeans
12 September 2018
another leisure afternoon start to two inshore races, Day Three at
the 2018 ORC European Championship featured similar light but
raceable conditions and an interesting set of results. The two
Estonian teams that have each dominated Class AB and Class C,
respectively, are being more closely challenged now in the third day
of racing, with races decided by some very close corrected time
margins as teams new to ORC championship-level sailing get closer
and closer in performance to the seasoned veterans that still hold
the lead. This is the halfway point in the regatta, with two days
and four races left to decide the two new ORC European champions.
"This is quite difficult sailing, where every second counts," said skipper Easy Swissa who is racing his Israeli X-41 Next. "ORC is only 4 years old in use in Israel, and we are still learning the system and the high level of competition at regattas like this. We are the same boat type as the class leader, but they rate a little better due to their optimizations, and its these that can make the difference in the results. But overall I think this system is quite fair."
The X-41 Next shown shooting the finish line alongside Maksym Gryshchov's Fareast 28R sport boat Delta shows the diversity of boat types racing here, but the two are actually in different classes - photo Nikos Pantis
For example, in the second race today Next finished 3rd place in corrected time, 20 seconds ahead in elapsed time but only 9 seconds behind in corrected time behind Mati Sepp and his Estonian team on Technonicol, and only 25 seconds behind in corrected time behind race winner St Anna, Mikhail Kadetov's Skif 42 from Russia. A large 30-degree wind shift in this race was accounted for in the scoring model to keep the ratings fair and a course adjustment made in the final lap.
And in the first race today Technonicol fell into second place behind another competitor, the Czech-based team led by Tomas Dolezal and Radim Parizek on their Swan 42 Daring Sisters, who walloped the fleet in both elapsed and corrected time by an enormous 3:22 margin to earn their first race win.
Meanwhile in Class C the other Estonian team, Aivar Tuulberg's Katariina II, continues to dominate the results with solid, mistake-free sailing, and in the first race today they too crushed their rivals like Daring Sisters did in the other class by an even greater margin: 4:51. And while their nearest rival - Rudolf Vrestal's Czech team on his Italia 9.98 Giulia - is only two points back, after the discard of worst scores the podium race has tightened with the modified Farr 30 Tamumm from Greece tied in points for third place in the standings with Uri Zaks's X-35 X-President from Israel.
Except for the start time of 13:00, tomorrow things will likely not be the same as today due to higher forecast winds of 12-15 knots. This change in conditions may make the racing even tighter as more boats will see the same conditions throughout the course area. In this penultimate day the results will become even more important as teams prepare to make their final run for the podium on Friday, which is also now forecast to have these stronger winds.