ORC makes progress in South Africa at season half point


8 January 2018

  We are pleased to bring you a local, club-based update at the halfway point of the first season in which the ORC rating has been used for sailing as a credible national club measurement rating system. Firstly, the success and growth of this rating has exceeded the expectations of the international organisation. With well over 100 yachts with certificates nationally, the country ranks in the top quarter of the 42 countries using the system.

With great sadness for his untimely passing, we acknowledge the contribution of Ian Slatem towards measuring boats for this rating system. Ian took this on with great enthusiasm in the last six months, and measured a number of boats in Cape Town. He will be missed, but there a number capable measurers available to step up and assist.

There are more than 120 current certificates nationally, with the seven Cape 31ís in the Western Cape, and Royal Natal Yacht Clubís four Pacer 27ís in KZN, amongst the latest certificate additions.

We look forward to the possibility of introducing National and Regional Championships this year, and the positive relationship with South African Sailing - SAS continues to blossom. The Western Cape has an Inshore and Offshore Championship Series using ORC...and look out for the possibilities of ORC as a class at Point Yacht Clubís MSC Week.

At Royal Cape Yacht Club, the use of this measurement rating system continues to expand, with all club racing on the busy calendar taking place on ORC. Racing has been competitive and the enthusiasm for preparation and training is reaping rewards for those yachts that make the effort. Single number, Triple number, non-spinnaker and double-handed scoring options have been used.

False Bay Yacht Club introduced ORC at their popular Spring Regatta and for the 200 mile Mossel Bay Race.
Hout Bay Yacht Club will use it for Admiral's Regatta.
Saldanha Bay Yacht Club and RCYC used it for the 180 mile West Coast Offshore Race.
The Vasco da Gama Ocean Race 2018 - Durban to Port Elizabeth will use ORC again in 2018.

The introductory free certification offer that was introduced until 30 June 2017, and then extended to 31 December 2017, has been successful in establishing a fleet of boats to complete locally and nationally.

The introductory offer has now expired, but yachts that have not previously been certified may still apply for the first timer 100% certificate rebate. Yachts with existing certificates now wishing to update or change their certificates will pay at normal ORC rates. The cost of a certificate is offered on an introductory rate of R650, but subject to exchange rate changes.

You will notice that the expiration date of the South African certificates was 31 December 2017. ORC South Africa is extending the validity of these certificates to 30 June 2018, at no cost. All current South African certificates will be due for renewal on 1 July 2018.

The Offshore Racing Congress will welcome South Africa as an official congress member this year, and have invited our specific representation on their Promotion and Development committee, which is recognition of the success of the system in South Africa.

We will watch with great interest as the combined ORC/IRC World Championships take place in den Hague, Netherlands, 12-20 July 2018.

Luke Scott, ORC South Africa



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