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ORC Annual Dinner
The ORC Annual Dinner will take place on Monday, November 6th at 20:30 at Le Kliff Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ORC Congress Members and other interested Committee Members are welcome to attend the ORC Dinner and are invited to purchase the tickets by completing and returning order form.  More ...
Rolex Middle Sea Race ready for start
Starting and finishing in Malta, an island often referred to as the ‘Crossroads of the Mediterranean’, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is an international competition of distinction and an offshore race par excellence. The proof lies in the numbers. Registrations for this year’s 38th edition. More ...
Submissions for the 2017 Annual General Meeting published
Nineteen submissions were recieved from the ORC Nominating Bodies for the AGM that will be held in November in Puerto Vallarta. During the AGM, submissisons will be discussed within ORC committees that will make reccomendations to the Congress for changes in the ORC rules and general policies for the next year. More ...
01 Express wins 5th Annual Thousand Islands Race
The Czech crew of Pavel Belehrad’s First 40.7 01 Express is the winner of the 5th Annual Thousand Islands Race, organized by the Sailing Club of Rijeka. The second 279.7 NM leg of this two-leg race started on Thursday, 21 September from Porto Montenegro in Tivat and finished on Sunday, 24 September in Rijeka. More ...
Roccabella wins Leg 1 of the Thousand Islands Race
The Latvian Roccabella with Edgars Salmanis at the helm is the winner of the first leg of the Fifth Thousand Islands Race. Favourable winds accompanied sailors throughout the entire course and it turned out that the first leg was different from the previous years. At the start in Rijeka in light wind Chilean Mardivino singled out More ...
Registration opens for The Hague Offshore Worlds 2018
In July 2018 the challenging waters of The Hague will be the host for the best 150 offshore racing crews in the world. For over a week a combination of offshore and inshore racing will challenge these boats and their teams to determine who are the best in The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championship 2018,  More ...
Fri av Fjaerholmen Norwegian champion
Weather forecast for the annual Norwegian ORC Championship predicted very light airs, but this sunny and chill autumn weekend showed up with northerly winds ranging form 6 to 14 knots - perfect conditions to crown a champion. Former ORC World champion Claus Landmark on his Landmark 43 Santa More ...
Blue wave wins 2017 Ioannideia Regatta

2017 was another record breaking year for Ioannideia organizers: after the Optimist Mediterranean Championship brought nearly 160 sailors from 18 countries to Limassol, Cyprus, the ORC Challenge Trophy Mare Nostrum was completed with a record turnout of 51 boats. This was the largest fleet  More ...

The highly successful Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has just ended

Today was the final day of racing in the 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Title Sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association. Winners of the respective Classes are Momo (Maxi 72), Ribelle (Supermaxi ORCsy), Highland Fling XI (Maxi), More ...

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: The prize is in sight

At the biggest Maxi yacht event of the Mediterranean season the stakes are high. For those with half an eye on the main prize in their class, there are few opportunities left to forge a final, immoveable grip. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in conjunction with the International Maxi Association More ...

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: A masterpiece of a day

The third day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi72 World Championship was especially satisfying. The Mistral breezes kicked in just as predicted so the Maxi 72 and the Wally Classes managed to get two races in while the rest of the fleet raced along a spectacular 31 nm course through the archipelago. More ...

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: Mixed conditions divide the fleet

Today was the second day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the event organized annually by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with Title Sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association.  Current standings see Ribelle at the head of the ORCsy Supermaxis, Highland Fling XI leading the Maxis More ...

L'Ottavo Peccato wins Palermo - Montecarlo race

The Palermo Montecarlo Regatta started Monday morning 21 August at 12.00 from Mondello Gulf, next to Circolo della Vela Sicilia (organizer of the Regatta in cooperation with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda). At the start there was a lively but irregular 12-knot wind from the northwest, More ...

ORC racing comes to Siberia

The ORC Congressman and Rating Officer from Russia, Vasily Alexeev, reports that last weekend at the Novosibirsk yacht club Aqualand the first handicap race for all cruiser-racers was sailed, using the ORC handicap system. Until now this fleet was separated into small groups that were scored without handicap as one design classes. More ...

Abraham Rosemberg suddenly passed away in Brazil

Abraham "Lincoln" Rosemberg suddenly passed away yesterday in Brasil, apparently for a hearth attack. He was long known as the Brasil representative at the annual meetings, where he had a lively participation in ORC but also in World Sailing Committees and Council. After graduating in Naval Architecture  More ...

Winners crowned at Copa del Rey

The record breaking, maximum capacity 36 Copa del Rey finished with a final flourish as the Bay of Palma uncorked a concluding race in the typical Embat sea breeze. In the full knowledge that entries had to be closed at 138 boats this time, such were the memorable conditions, the close competition on the water.  More ...

ORC Sportboat Europeans 2017 cancelled

By mutual consent, Yacht Club Auda and ORC announce that the planned ORC European Sportboat Championship planned for Aug 7-13 in Riga, Latvia has been cancelled. There has been insufficient diversity of entries representing European nations to meet the ORC criteria for a continental championship,.  More ...

Deserving victory for Bequia in 2017 Candy Store Cup

Sailors couldn't have asked for a sweeter experience at the 2017 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition. The event showcased some of the world's most spectacular and technologically sophisticated luxury sailing yachts racing off Newport, R.I. on Thursday through Saturday (July 27-29) and provided three days  More ...

Three new ORC European Champions crowned

Near-perfect conditions today provided a fantastic ending to four days of competition at the Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017. Two hard-fought final races determined the new 2017 European ORC champions in each of three classes, and while ultimately the winners were yesterday’s series More ...

Leaders stay on top at Dr. Irena Eris ORC Europeans

Bright sunlight emerged from the clouds early this morning in the penultimate day of racing in the Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017. Like moles, the crews in the fleet of 82 boats squinted and blinked, emerged from their boats and dragged out their soggy sails and clothes to dry out. More ...

Racing remains wet but close at Dr. Irena Eris ORC Europeans

Race managers at the Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017 started the competition today with the Raymarine Offshore Race, required in the championship format and a test of the fleet's offshore sailing skills, intending to be 10-12 hours long on courses set in the western Gulf of Gdansk.. More ...

Wet start to Dr. Irena Eris ORC European Championship

Race managers at the Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship Gdansk 2017 started the competition today with the Raymarine Offshore Race, required in the championship format and a test of the fleet's offshore sailing skills, intending to be 10-12 hours long on courses set in the western Gulf of Gdansk.. More ...

Everything is ready for Dr. Irena Eris ORC Europeans

After two days of measurement, registration and practice racing tomorrow and Tuesday, 82 teams from 11 countries throughout Europe will start racing on Wednesday, 26 July for four days of offshore and inshore competition at the Dr Irena Eris ORC European Championship held here in Gdansk. More ...

Stunning superyachts to race in Candy Store Cup

For the second year running, the Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition will showcase some of the world’s most spectacular yachts racing in a regatta designed specifically for them. The event, scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, July 27-29, is organized and hosted by Newport Shipyard and Bannister's Wharf, More ...

Mascalzone Latino, Be Wild and Airis are ORC World Champions

In an exciting finale to a week of mostly light air sailing, overall class winners were not decided until the last race in all classes today at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. And the new World Champions in each class were surprises as well, none having been at the top of the leaderboard all week during the 6-day format. More ...

One more race at ORC Worlds - Final day will decide winners

The light air continued yet again today on the Gulf of Trieste for the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017, but a scheduled delay allowed race managers to have the fleet wait and enjoy some time ashore before getting them out to the course area in the afternoon when the seabreeze finally filled to a sailable 7-10 knots. More ...

One race day at ORC Worlds Trieste 2017

In another light air day of flat water and breeze never exceeding 8 knots, inshore racing resumed for the second day at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. Only one race was held due to the light air, and yesterday's series leaders continued to show their prowess in these conditions and no net change in leadership at the top, More ...

Inshore shuffle at ORC Worlds

The start of inshore racing on the third day of the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 saw another day of light air – 6-8 knots from the southwest – but racing that was surprisingly close in corrected time. Two races on windward-leeward courses were completed today, with a shortened course in the second race, More ...

Light conditions challenge ORC Worlds fleet in offshore races

Sometimes offshore racing can be grueling, not for too much wind but for too little. In conditions that yesterday and last night tried the patience of both competitors and the Race Committee, today the fleet of 116 teams finally limped across the finish line near the base venue at Porto San Rocco More ...

Frans Maas passes in capsize accident

Skipper Frans Maas (79) and crewmember Freddy Franssens (70) died last Saturday when their yacht Capella capsized after the keel come off the hull near the Belgian coast. A third crewmember, Hannes Goegebeur (18) is still missing. Three crewmembers survived by clinging to the inverted hull for more than six hours. More ...

ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 starts tomorrow

After over a year of preparation, a consortium of organizers from six regional clubs near Trieste, the Porto San Rocco Marina, and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased that 115 entries from 19 countries have accepted their invitations and come to compete at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. More ...

First leaders of the XIX Trofeo SM La Reina

The XIX Trofeo SM La Reina - Regata Tribute to the Navy - XXX Admiral Marcial Sánchez - Barcáiztegui Cup has experienced today its opening day with good wind and two races for all classes except the Open class, which will be added tomorrow to the competition. The day began with a weather delay, More ...

Eight bells: Doug Peterson

Doug Blair Peterson, longtime San Diego resident, San Diego Yacht Club member, and trendsetting yacht designer, died June 26 after a long bout with cancer at the age of 71 years (1945-2017).  Peterson, who will be inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame later this year, is survived by four children. More ...

Chapaeu Bolero - Overall winner of Palma's Superyacht Cup

The race committee sent the fleet on two riveting custom courses ranging between 17 and 22nm, which befitted today's menu of light winds (varying between six and ten knots). The shorter 17nm course was sailed by the awe-inspiring yachts in Class B. Two was the magic number this morning as in Class A  More ...

Winners emerge at Block Island Race Week

Winners emerged at the Storm Trysail Club’s 51st edition of Block Island Race Week after a long week of racing that featured nearly all weather conditions: fog, sun, light air and flat water and breeze-on and waves. Courses were windward/leeward all week in three course areas to divide 16 IRC, ORC, PHRF and one-design classes. More ...

Another boisterous day's racing on the bay of Palma

Palma's Superyacht Cup doesn't only bring sailors together from all corners of the globe, but is also an event where the camaraderie plays a pivotal role in the regatta's enjoyment. This was most evident during last night's lively SYC Dock Party, where owners, guests and crew got to rub shoulders, relax and talk 'sailing', More ...

Win Win and Bolero leads Superyacht Cup in Palma

As most owners and sailors know each other from having gone head-to-head at previous editions, last night's 'Welcome Cocktail' (celebrating the 75th anniversary of silver sponsors Astilleros de Mallorca) was abundant with animated catch-ups and the clinking of glasses. Needless to say, today's racing was More ...

Gloves are off for 2017 edition of Palma's Superyacht Cup

Interiors have been stowed, winches have been serviced, and cruising sails have been stored away for later use. Yachts are primed for action and crew members have been perfecting their sailing maneuvers, as well as picking the brains of local racing virtuosos. The heads of this year's participating sailors  More ...

Block Island Race Week: Let's go race already

When the AP flag was taken down to finally mark the start of Block Island Race Week 2017, it was like watching schoolchildren being let out for recess. Sailors who had waited 1 ½ days to go racing rushed down the docks, hopped aboard their boats and couldn’t wait to cast off the lines. More ...

Van Isle 360 update

This year’s race has been a mixture of big breeze and elusive zephyrs. The start out of the Nanaimo was on a last minute puff that managed to lift the fleet around Gallows Point and out into the Strait of Georgia. Winds were generally light but consistent in terms of wind direction. With a short night of rest, More ...

Overall winners declared at Giraglia Rolex Cup

Patience, mental fortitude and an unrelenting desire to surmount the challenges posed by fickle weather conditions defined the racing at the 2017 Giraglia Rolex Cup. A profound respect for tradition, a collective love of sailing and a genuine spirit of sportsmanship the qualities which shone through the event as a whole. More ...

Winners decided at America's Cup Supeyacht Regatta

Overall victory in the highly competitive fleet of six J Class yachts earned the crew of Lionheart the top prize at the second America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. The record sized J Class fleet was the centre of attention amidst the 20 superyacht crews mustered in Bermuda to enjoy competing against each other More ...

America's Cup Superyacht Regatta - Race Day 2

After light winds on the opening day, the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta fleet revelled in the brisker winds and glorious hot sunshine during the second day of racing. The conditions resulted in more open courses which were set to offer more passing lanes and keep the crews on their toes with a bigger range of wind angles More ...

 


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