Polish ORC National Championship held in Gdansk

27 AUgust 2020


Last 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.






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