weekend the Polish national ORC Championships were held in the bay
of Gdansk, site of the 2017 ORC European Championship. The event was
conducted for two separated classes: ORC A and ORC B, with five
yachts Class A and 15 in ORC B. When taking into consideration
situation caused by COVID-19 and related government restrictions,
this is regarded as a great turnout.
The event started with measurements, inspections, and registration
held on Thursday, 20th of August. On the next day, Friday 21st
August racing commenced with a windward-leeward inshore race
starting at midday, followed by an offshore race (32Nm) held in the
evening. The second day brought more wind and the race committee
decided to run two coastal races and one offshore race but with the
shorter distance Ė 16 Nm. The last feature were two inshore races
followed by the award ceremony.
In ORC Class A the winner was Hadar, Jerzy Brezdenís Petersen 45,
with second place going to Marek Limbergerís Marco Polo Grand Soleil
42 and third place Andrzej Zielinskiís Salona 41. As always,
Class B brings more emotions for contenders and spectators. Till the
very end, numerous teams competed for the places on the podium -
this proves that the level of competitors in Poland is growing every
year and the class becomes more popular.
Favorites to watch in ORC Class B and one who particularly stands
out for their past successes is the team Good Speed who won Gold in
this class. Lukasz Trzcinskiís Dufour 34P proves again that they are
capable to compete with even more ORC-optimized designs. Silver
medals went to Marek Turkowskiís Bavaria 32 and third place in class
was managed by Artur Pomorskiís Líarte 785. This is team Good
Speedís fifth consecutive crown as the Polish ORC National Champion.
This is outstanding local performance is a good sign for next yearís
ORC World Championship being held in Tallinn, Estonia.