ORC GUIDEBOOK

 

 

FREE DIGITAL ACCESS
TO SEAHORSE

 

All ORC certificate holders have FREE bi-monthly access to Seahorse Magazine - in digital format. Click on latest issue cover page for more information.
 

 
 

LATEST ORC COLUMNS
IN SEAHORSE

 

October 2020
August 2020
June 2020
April 2020

February 2020
October 2019
 

 

Archive

 

MAX RANCHI PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 
 

ULTIMATE SAILING

 

 
 


Privacy policy
 

 
 

Latest news

2020 ORC Annual General Meeting schedule posted

Due to the global pandemic this year, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is following the same process as many other organizations and holding its annual general meeting remotely via Zoom. The dates for the meetings are now set for Saturday, October 31st through Saturday, November 7th. More ...

ORC mourns the passing of Zvi Ziblat

Zvi began his sailing career in the Sea Scouts as a high school student in Haifa, Israel. He advanced to the Flying Dutchman, an Olympic class at the time, and represented Israel internationally. He later moved to the Etchells class which became his favorite boat, racing with club members at the Carmel Yacht Club. More ...

Consistency wins top race week prizes

Fog and a disappearing breeze made getting racing in a distinct challenge. The Melges IC37 fleet started and finished a race in visibility that made seeing the competition a challenge, let alone the marks of the course, while the ORC fleet waited for the fog to clear before starting a race, only to see the wind evaporate More ...

Two days and six races sailed at NYYC Race Week

In two days of windward/leeward racing, race managers at New York YC have held six races in a variety of conditions for their Race Week at Newport event, and the competition in both ORC classes is starting to become clear: in ORC Class 1 Victor Wild’s Fox is making a serious challenge to David Team’s Vesper More ...

Challenging light air in doublehanded Norwegian championship

Norwegian Shorthanded Chamiponship was a light wind challenge for both sailors and organizers. Eight sailors can now call themselves Norwegian Shorthanded Champions. The championship was characterized by very easy and difficult conditions - both for sailors and organizers. More ...

Tallinn Fleet Race Championship

On September 12-13 a traditional Fleet Race Championship was held on windward-leeward courses in Talinn to determine the champions of Tallinn. The Race Committee managed to deliver 4 races on the first race day to 13 boats in ORC I, 8 boats in ORC II and 4 boats in ORC IV groups in strong but shifty winds of 16-20 knots, More ...

24 medals to be awarded in Norway's Shorthanded NM

The Shorthanded-NM, Norway’s championship in shorthanded sailing, will this weekend be the season's largest championship event by far. It brings together more sailors than all the one-man dinghy events combined, with a total of 24 medals to be awarded.
As many as 95 teams will find their way to Steilene  More ...

Kieler Woche - From winter storage to victory

At the end of the German championships on the Seebahn, Rasmus gave the offshore sailors at the Kieler Woche another big treat. With gusts around 30 knots the teams had to fight in two races on the Alpha course, but happily returned to the harbour afterwards. Because for many of them the season's highlight.. More ...

KIeler Woche - First test and highlight of the season

Finally sailing, finally championships fight! When the Kiel Week starts its 126th edition in its 139th year tomorrow, Saturday, with the first start at 9 a.m., one of the most unusual editions of the world's largest sailing event since 1882 will begin. But despite all the restrictions and editions caused by Corona. More ...

Taia 2 & WHite Goose is the Slovenian 2020 ORC champion

This year the ORC Slovenian national championship started with two racing days on 20th and 21st June in Portorož and concluded with another racing weekend on 29th and 30th August in Izola. Six upwind-downwind races were scheduled for the weekend in June and five were held in light conditions. More ...

Polish ORC National Championship held in Gdansk

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. More ...

Greek National ORCi Cup held in Thessaloniki

With Porto Carras Grand Resort - the traditional home of the North Aegean Cup - remaining closed as a victim of COVID-19, the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki organized the event this year, along with the 2020 Greek National ORCi Cup, in local waters. The Club's premises hosted the event at its scheduled time  More ...

21st edition of the Blue Ribbon Cup promises a strong fleet

The list of starters at the 21st blueribboncup (August 21-23) is impressive: the German ORCi champion “Intermezzo,” the new “Halbtrocken” and “Imagine”, prominent offshore sailors like Matthias Müller von Blumencron, and Olympians like Robert Stanjek and Tobias Schadewaldt have registered. More ...

Carlo Rolandi 1926 - 2020

ORC joins the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV) in mourning for Carlo Rolandi, who passed away on August 7th at the age of 94. Carlo Rolandi was a very important Italian personality in the international sailing world. He started racing very young in his hometown, Naples, and participated in 9 Olympic games, from 1948 to 1992  More ...

Three weeks to go for the ORC Italian Championship

The Yacht Club Gaeta and the Base Nautica Flavio Gioia with great determination have addressed the problems related to the Covid 19 emergency to honor the agreements made with the FIV and with UVAI to host our most important Championship. About 60 owners have responded to this effort and will be racing More ...

IDM at Keel Week: all defending champions will be at the start

The regatta season for big boat sailors has had a late start. The corona pandemic has so far restricted sports competitions with more than two people on board. Now Kiel Week (5-13 September) offers big boat sailors the opportunity to measure their strength against each other. The international German championship More ...

Icebear wins first leg of the Spirit of Bermuda charity rally

After a difficult leg of nearly five days of light air and upwind sailing, all teams have finished their first leg of the Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally, organized by the East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF). Proceeds from this race benefit the Bermuda Sloop Foundation  More ...

Spirit of Bermuda Rally off to a great start

The cancellation of two major biennial yacht races to Bermuda this year - the Newport-Bermuda and Annapolis-Bermuda races - has not stopped the enthusiasm for 22 sailors to race to the Onion Patch anyway now that the island nation has become open for visitors in the inaugural Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally. More ...

North Aegean Cup and Greek National ORCi Cup

The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki will host North Aegean Cup, in memory of the Honorary President Stavros Konstantinidis, and at the same time the event will be the Greek National ORCi Cup. Konstantinidis has been a member of the Board for 23 years and President for 3 terms, More ...

Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally

The Bermuda Sloop Foundation (BSF), East End Mini Yacht Club (EEMYC) and the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) are pleased to announce the organization of the Spirit of Bermuda Charity Rally, a rally race to St George's, Bermuda and back for the benefit of BSF's programs for youth on the sail  More ...

RCNB confirms 46th Trofeo de vela CaixaBank Conde de Godo

The Real Club Náutico de Barcelona is pleased to confirm the celebration of the 47th edition of the Trofeo de vela CaixaBank Conde de Godó on 16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2020. The celebration of the regatta both on its sporting side and on the social side will be carried out strictly subject to the legal provisions. More ...

ORC Race Management Guide now available

The members of the ORC Race Management Committee led by Hans-Eckhard  von der Mosel and the management and staff at ORC are pleased to announce the publication of a project that has put together the knowledge and expertise of many ORC contributors: the inaugural edition of the ORC Race Management Guide More ...

COVID 19 pandemic forces cancellation of ORC/IRC Worlds

Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship, originally scheduled for Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 More ...

Doublehanded social distancing distance race

The 2020 sailboat racing season on New York’s Long Island Sound started out with a doublehanded “pick-up” race. With all organized races cancelled for several months, this race was not run by any yacht club or sailing association. There was no entry fee, no committee boat, no trophies and no party. More ...

New ORC Speed Guide now available

While inshore and offshore races are shut down all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the technical team at the Offshore Race Congress (ORC) has nonetheless been hard at work updating its system for use when racing resumes. Just completed among the projects is a revised and updated version More ...

ORC on US Sailing Starboard Portal

With regattas shut down in most of the world, there are many online webinars and podcasts being made available to sailors who are unable to get out to race. On their online channel Starboard Portal, US Sailing last week featured a program that highlighted the features of the ORC system: the principles, the features, More ...

ORC Europeans postponed to 2021

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting the world so hard, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week Organizing Authority, in agreement with Italian Sailing Federation, ORC and the International Maxi Association, has decided to postpone the Regatta to the 2021 edition, with the following schedule:. More ...

ORC COVID-19 statement

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many in the international sailing community in both direct and indirect ways, and here at ORC we are continuing to monitor the situation closely as it changes, almost with daily effect. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our sailors and colleagues, and their families. More ...

Zig Zag awarded the Gosnell Trophy

After a vote from all competing boats, the Gosnell Trophy for the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua has been awarded to John McMonigall’s Oyster 82 Zig Zag, skippered by Philip Howard-Smith. Class winners of the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua are Oyster 885 Firebird skippered by James McDonald,  More ...

Extraordinary in Antigua

Day Three of the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua was both bizarre and eventful. Shortly after the starting sequence the race are was enveloped in low cloud and torrential rain, scattering the wind in every direction. For over four hours, the superyacht fleet battled for supremacy, as well as control of their yachts  More ...

Beautiful south

Day Two of the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua was blessed with beautiful conditions on the South Coast of Antigua. A stable breeze of 14-15 knots just south of east, with no squall activity, produced picture-perfect conditions. The Corsairs were set a 33nm course. The Buccaneers and Privateers a shorter 18nm option. More ...

Perfect cocktail opener

The opening day of action for the 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua featured exciting racing for the magnificent fleet off the South Coast of Antigua. WinWin sailed by Kim Schindelhauer, and skippered by Ryan Taylor, took first blood in the Corsairs Class. Missy skippered by Matt McKeon performed in the Privateers Class. More ...

Bigger than Ben Hur

The 10th anniversary of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua has a record entry of fifteen superyachts and four J Class taking part. The 2020 Superyacht Challenge Antigua is the largThe Superyacht Challenge Antigua is designed to be solely for the pleasure of superyacht owners, their guests and crew. More ...

Paolo Massarini 1961 - 2020

ORC mourns for the loss of Paolo Massarini, who passed away on February 16th after a harsh 2-year fight with cancer. The sport is losing one of its strongest players as a sailor and organizer of the game. Born in Civitanova Marche in the early 1960’s, he started sailing on dinghies, including 470’s, More ...

Sevenstar Yacht Transport logistic partner for ORC/IRC Worlds

A true international keelboat championship requires a safe, effective and timely method of transporting large race yachts across vast oceans. While quaint, sailing to the event just isn't practical for today's highly-refined racing machines. To help international competitors travel to the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship, More ...

The 75th Block Island Race Notice of Race posted

Storm Trysail Club Rear Commodore and Block Island Race PRO and Event Co-Chair Ray Redniss posted today the Notice of Race (NoR) and opened the event to accept entries. The 186-nm race is scheduled to start Friday, May 22. Ray commented “Just like classic race boats sometimes need to be optimized  More ...

Kawil wins Millennium Cup

The NZ Millennium Cup prizegiving marked the close of the regatta today on Royal Huisman race day, against the backdrop of a honey and peach sunset, and the jubilation of brand new champions. Over three days, Kawil has taken control of the Bay of Islands regatta course. Reading the conditions well, More ...

Millennium Cup race day two - Kawil takes the lead

There were no complaints about a delayed start due to lack of wind on Boat International race day of the NZ Millennium Cup. The local dolphin pod joined the fleet at the start as has become their habit, keeping owners and crew entertained as they waited for thestarter’s
gun. More ...

Millennium Cup race day one - what a place, what a race

The first day of racing of the New Zealand Millennium Cup kicked off today, and sailing commentary legend, Peter Montgomery described it as akin to racing in paradise. “If this isn’t heaven, then it’s just next door,” he said as he handed out the day’s prizes at the Propspeed-sponsored NZ Millennium Cup function,  More ...

XXVI Buenos Aires - Rio Race

In 1945 Hipólito Gil Elizalde, director of the Yachting Argentino Magazine and crew member of Fjord II, began to develop the idea of this regatta that united the Yacht Club Argentino and the Iate Clube Rio de Janeiro. Its first edition, in 1947, counted the participation of 10 boats that departed in January of that year. More ...

The world's most-southerly superyacht regatta

On January 28, New Zealand’s Bay of Islands will start to fill with superyacht industry members from across the world. The region, known for its outstanding natural beauty, plays host annually to the New Zealand Millennium Cup regatta and once a year transforms from laidback New Zealand town to the focus of the superyacht world.
, More ...

Key West Race off to a fast start

While the 2020 Olympic class athletes competed around the buoys in Biscayne Bay at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, further offshore was a fast downwind start to the 45th edition of the Ft Lauderdale-Key West Race, hosted by Lauderdale YC and the Storm Trysail Club. Within the fleet of 28 entries, More ...

 


to the top ↑