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Cape 2 Rio race update

Like greyhounds, the moment the second wave was set free they were off at breakneck speeds for Rio, with the record books looking like they might well be re-written. Almost shadowing each other up the West Coast in the early stages, this looked like a match race made in heaven, More ...

2020 ORC VPP and rules now available

With numerous improvements prompted by user input and internal research over the past year, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its new 2020 VPP and 2020 Rules books are available now for download from the ORC's website at www.orc.org/rules. More ...

Cape 2 Rio first start 4 January

The Cape to Rio Yacht Race is South Africa's premier ocean sailing event and is the only transatlantic race to take place in the Southern Hemisphere. It has been held roughly every 3 years since 1971. his famous yacht race connects the cities of Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro across the vast South Atlantic. More ...

Comanche first to finsh Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

At 07:30:24 local time, race record holder Comanche beat her four super maxi rivals to take line honors in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 75th running of the 628-nautical-mile blue water classic. Comanche controversially took line honours and the race record in 2017 after Wild Oats XI More ...

Clear start for 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

After a picture-perfect start with blue skies and a north-easterly breeze, the fleet was able to make good time in the first leg of the race heading south from Sydney Heads. InfoTrack made the initial move in the front running pack being the first yacht to make it in to open water, but soon after were reeled back in  More ...

New doublehanded offshore event

For the first time in Olympic history, a Mixed Two-Person Offshore Keelboat event will be on the program at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. But before we get to Paris 2024, the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami is partnering with the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race More ...

Early entries presage strong fleet for 2020 ORC/IRC Worlds

Thousands of miles and 10 months of lead time are proving no deterrent for teams intent on ensuring their spot in one of the most anticipated sailing championships of 2020. In the few short weeks since entries opened, nearly 30 entries have registered for the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championships, More ...

Vikira wins third consecutive Admiral Yisunsin Regatta

The Ker 40 Vikira from South Korea has won their third straight championship title in the 13th Admiral Yisunsin Race 2019 held at TongYeong City, KyungNam Province, Korea. Thirty-six entries from Russia, Vietnam, Thailand, China, US and Korea sailed two coastal and two inshore races in three consecutive days. More ...

ORC DH rating used in Annapolis Double Handed Race

Following the interest and rising popularity of Double Handed racing due in part to the new Olympic offshore medal format, a 24-hour race in the Chesapeale Bay was held recently to test how crews of open and mixed-gender would fare on a 24-hour race. Two classes were run: More ...

ORC's 50th Annual Meeting points towards strong future

Today's annual meeting of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) marks 50 years since this organization started as the first international body to organize and develop a system to fairly handicap offshore racing yachts. Spurred by the possibility of an offshore discipline in the Olympic Games, International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU), More ...

Entries open on Friday,25 October for 2020 ORC/IRC Worlds

The conventional wisdom says the sailing season in the Northeastern United States ends with Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September. But the locals will tell you that September and October are the best months of the year Southern New England and ideal for top-level sailing. More ...

Fleet gathers for Rolex Middle Sea Race

Less than 24 hours to the start of the 40th Rolex Middle Sea Race and the marinas surrounding the Royal Malta Yacht Club in Ta’ Xbiex are full of yachts flying the event battle flag, signifying their participation in the Mediterranean’s classic offshore race. The yacht club itself is abuzz with the noise of crews More ...

Copa del Pacifico starts in Peru

Racing has started among 14 entries from Peru and Ecuador in the Copa del Pacifico Regatta being held off the scenic coast of Paracas, Peru through Saturday, 11 October. The format for the event is varied between Windward/Leeward races along with long and short Coastal races. A total of eight races are planned, More ...

ORC Annual Dinner

The ORC Annual General Meetings are taking place from 26th to 30th October, 2019 at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, Bermuda. ORC Congress Members and other interested persons are welcome to attend the ORC Dinner on Monday 28th October at 20:30 in The Waterlot Inn. More ...

2020 ORC European Championship to be held from 15-23 May

Organizers from the Circolo Remo e Vela Italia (CRVI), Yacht Club Capri (YCC), Yacht Club Italiano (YCI) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the 2020 ORC European Championship will be part of three events that comprise Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2020, with dates set for 15-23 May 2020.  More ...

Nimbus wins Turkish ORC Sportboat Nationals

The Turkish National Championship of the Turkish Sailing Federation Sportboat Class was held in İstanbul and hosted by the Kalamıº Sailing Club between 27-29 September 2019. Twenty-seven teams entered with large varied of designs that included Donovan GP26’s, Farr 25’s, Melges 24’s, Delphia 24’s, J70’s , J80’s, SB20’s, More ...

Vento Cadela wins 7th Thousand Islands Race

Austrian Christian Phann and his crew onboard Austrian yacht Vento Cadela is the winner of 7th Thousand Islands Race. First leg was already slowest ever among seven editions of Thousand Islands Race and second leg was according forecast promissing to be even slower as it was at the end. More ...

ORC Bulgarian Championship

This weekend over Friday-Sunday is being held the keel boat championship in Bulgaria for ORC and IRC classes. The races will be divided over three days - Friday 13 September W/L courses, Saturday 14 Sept a coastal race of 34nm and Sunday the 15 Sept W/L courses again. There are 27 boats competing in different classes. More ...

50 years of ORC

In 1965 there were rumors the 1968 Olympic Games might include an offshore racing class and in 1966 the International Yacht Racing Union asked the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Cruising Club of America (CCA) to try to frame one international rule. Both clubs agreed, and at the April 1967 meeting More ...

Loro Piana Superyacht Regtatta 2020 from 2 to 6 June

The dates of the 13th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta have been confirmed. One of the key events on the YCCS sporting calendar, the regatta will as usual take place in the first week of June with the official dates being 2 to 6 June 2020.  In the 2019 edition 20 superyachts gathered in Porto Cervo  More ...

Windy conclusion of the 2019 ORC Sportboat Europeans

The 2019 ORC Sportboat Championship ended with a victory for Arkanoe by Montura in Division A and Chardonnay in Division B. The event was held from August 24 to August 30 and saw 29 teams from 8 nations race in 6 inshore races and one coastal race for the Championship, organized by the YC Marina Portoroz  More ...

ORC Sportboat European Championship - Day 2

After yesterday's coastal race that took the fleet of 29 boats from Portorož to Izola and back, the ORC Sportoat European Championship continued today with two inshore races. 18 teams in division A and 12 in Division B were treated with plenty of sunshine in the Bay of Piran as light winds hampered the afternoon's action. More ...

Sportboats ready to race at ORC Sportboat Europeans

The ORC Sportboat fleet has gathered in Portoroz and is ready to race starting tomorrow Tuesday 27 August having passed their measurement checks and registration and inspection formalities. These include weighing all boats, checking all sails to be used (and measuring them when necessary), More ...

Palermo - Monte Carlo starts in perfect conditions

Under a magnificent sun and with 10-12 knots of wind coming from the North-North West (330°), at 12 o'clock the Palermo-Montecarlo's fleet started today in the XV edition of this offshore regatta organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, with the collaboration of the Yacht Club de Monaco and the YCCosta Smeralda. More ...

New champions crowned at SSAB ORC European Championship

Today's two final races sailed in 12-17 knot conditions at the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019 has produced three new teams crowned as champions in Classes A, B and C. These teams defeated their rivals after four days of six intense inshore windward/leeward races in addition to a non-discardable offshore race. More ...

Fur flies with one day left at the SSAB ORC Europeans 2019

Perfect conditions for close racing continued today in the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019, with a 10-14 knot southerly breeze on the Baltic prompting an increase in aggression as the fleet heads into its final day of racing tomorrow. With two races and a discard left, the positions on the podium More ...

Offshore race results are in at SSAB ORC Europeans 2019

After a long day yesterday for Classes B and C and one that drifted into the night for some teams in Class A, the offshore race results are in with some new names at the top of the race results but the leaders in each class remain unchanged at the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019.  More ...

Windy start to SSAB ORC European Championship 2019

The clear windy conditions today on the Baltic Sea produced extremely close racing and a suitably exciting start to the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019. Two windward-leeward races were held in 17-22 knot puffy and shifty conditions, with race managers hitting their target of about 1 hour duration for each race. More ...

Near-perfect conditions for practice race at ORC Europeans

A mix of sun and clouds today and a highly variable southwesterly breeze greeted both race managers and competitors on the practice day prior to tomorrow's start of the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019. Principal Race Officer Hakan Andersson and his team managed starts and short races in two course areas More ...

One week left to the start of the ORC Europeans 2019

ORC championship racing ORC championship racing re-focuses from the Med region to the Baltic with next week's start of the ORC European Championship 2019 in Oxelosund, Sweden. Hosted by the Oxelosund Sailing Club, this event held on the eastern coast of Sweden will bring 72 entries from 8 countries More ...

Realizing the Dream wins at 38 Copa del Rey Mapfre

A class win at the famous Copa del Rey MAPFRE, the Mediterranean’s annual summer showcase regatta, can elude even some of sailing’s top teams for many years. Others seem able to impose themselves year on year in their chosen classes. The 132 boat 11 division 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE More ...

BMW ORC, the largest fleet of the Copa del Rey Mapfre

The four divisions of the BMW ORC class include 70 boats and 20 nationalities, constituting over half of the total fleet at the 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE. In both numbers of registered participants and their traditional history at the event, it is the one of the most closely observed fleets of the Real Club Náutico de Palma’s regatta. More ...

Interlodge and Peacemaker YCC class winners in Block Island

Only half a point separated the top two boats in ORC 1 going into the last race of the Storm Trysail Club’s 2019 biennial edition of Block Island Race Week. Interlodge IV, the Botin 44 owned by Austin and Gwen Fragomen, got a poor start then fouled another boat and had to perform a penalty turn – ultimately finishing 10th in Race 8 More ...

Entries forming up for the 2019 ORC Sportboat Europeans

Organizers from the Yacht Club Marina Portoroz (YCMP) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are welcoming all owners and teams of racing keelboats between 6.00 - 9.15 m in length, who are less than 2000 kg in weight, and have a DSPL/Length ratio of <6.00 to enter the 2019 edition of the ORC Sportboat Europeans More ...

Sportsfreund leads the pack at Kiel Week

For Axel Seehafer’s X-41 Sportsfreund, Kiel Week 2019 has been going well, with seven first places scored out of 9 races sailed from the start to ORC racing on 22 June through to yesterday. With tactical help from Danish pro sailor Jesper Radich, the team leads Jens Kuphal’s Landmark 43 Intermezzo by 7 points  More ...

Around the island in the rain at Block Island

There are many traditions associated with Block Island Race Week. Sailors know to expect certain things over the course of the five-day event, which is why so many keep coming back. One of the most revered traditions is the Around the Island Race, which is associated with Block Island Race Week as much as drinking Mudslides More ...

Close racing in Day 1 of Block Island Race Week

Racing was extremely close in the ORC 1 and 2 with mere seconds separating the first and second places finishes in both Race 1 and 2 after more than an hour sailing around the buoys. Jim Grundy and his crew aboard Baby Bella hold a one-point lead in ORC 1 after beating Interlodge IV by one second in the second start. More ...

Block Island Race Week

All the docks of the three marinas of New Harbor were alive with activity on Sunday in anticipation of Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week. At Payne’s Dock, the professional crews with the TP 52 programs Fox and Gladiator were sorting sails, tuning rigs and testing equipment. Dozens of Midshipmen with the Naval Academy More ...

Win Win lives up her name at Superyacht Cup Palma

The 2019 Superyacht Cup Palma reached its captivating conclusion with the best day’s racing yet on the waters of Palma Bay. Win Win lived up to her name once again and emerged as the overall victor of the Superyacht Cup, with class winners Topaz and Bequia also able to celebrate their success after three days of close racing. More ...

The racing at Superyacht Cup Palma was great

As reliable as ever, Palma Bay delivered on the second day of The Superyacht Cup – a little bit later than usual, a little bit lighter, but more than enough to power the superyacht fleet around the course in spectacular style. The 23rd edition of Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta continued to deliver close racing.  More ...

The Superyacht Cup Palma is off to a flying start

The 23rd edition of Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta got started Thursday with the bay off Mallorca’s capital again delivering sparkling racing conditions for The Superyacht Cup Palma.
Nilaya got proceedings underway, the 34m dark hulled black sail carbon sloop powering up  More ...

Triumphant return for Swan fleet

The 165th edition of North America’s oldest sailing competition, the New York Yacht Club’s Annual Regatta, was also the 15th edition of the Swan American Regatta, which was previously last run in 2007. Taking place from 14 – 16 June, the Swan fleet was scored as a single class. After three days of racing,  More ...

North Sea Regatta 2019

During the inshore races of the North Sea Regatta, the race committee started over 115 races, divided over 15 classes, competing on three different race courses. These numbers are not including the races for the Dutch Opti Top 40 Clinic that Principal Race Officer Menno Vercouteren has also been overseeing. More ...

 


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