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ORC 2021 European Championship program confirmed

The first major event of the sailing season will take place as scheduled between Naples and Capri, from 13th to 20th May, with an unprecedented desire to race and on a completely Covid-free island – as confirmed by the administration. Measurement checks are set to begin in just one month, on 13th and 14th May,. More ...

Registration is open for Key West 2022

Registration is now open for the Inaugural Southernmost Regatta powered by Sailing Inc. Our mission is to provide a fun, sustainable event that features high-quality racing and social activities, while creating a welcoming environment for sailors and industry partners alike. More ...

DFDS sponsors transport to ORC Sportboat Europeans

 In a generous offer of support for the 2021 ORC European Sportboat Championship held over 23-29 August, transport company DFDS has agreed to ship participating entries from Trieste, Italy to the event venue in Istanbul, Turkey. The first 15 boats to register for this special offer will receive shipping for free. More ...

Javier Romero Aznar passes

Senior ORC measurer and rating officer Javier Romero Aznar has passed away at age 82 after an accident in his home in Galicia. After a career in the Spanish Navy where he got a degree as a Naval Architect, in 1990 Javier was appointed by RFEV (the Spanish Sailing Federation) to run the ORC systems (IOR and IMS) in Spain More ...

Cannons, dolphins and an overall winner of the Millennium Cup

While the race committee worked to plan a race around the conditions, the fleet headed to Motuarohia Island to make the most of the beautiful weather; and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Unfortunately at 3pm the announcement was made to cancel racing for the day. Due to the unstable nature More ...

'Brilliant and breezy' on day two of the Millennium Cup

Brilliant and breezy was how Tawera owner, Mike Mahoney described the day which saw Miss Silver maintain the overall lead. After today’s two races, characterised by good breeze, an appearance by the local dolphin pod and close racing, Miss Silver emerged as the leader in the race for the 2021 Cup..  More ...

Miss Silver wins the first day of Millennium Cup

Racing in the 2021 Millennium Cup started today, putting to the test an innovative scoring system which is being used for the first time in a superyacht regatta. With the two leading yachts finishing within four seconds of each other, race officers are pleased with how the system is working.  More ...

The New Zealand Millennium Cup is open

New Zealand's summer of racing continues, as the NZ Millennium Cup gets underway with a welcome function at the Duke of Marlborough, sponsored by Southern Spars. The Sunday evening function marks the start of the South Pacific’s longest-running superyacht regatta and also heralds a new era in superyacht ratings systems.  More ...

New Zealand's summer of racing continues

With an exceptional summer of racing underway in New Zealand, the final event of the season promises to wrap things up in style. The New Zealand Millennium Cup kicks off on 28 March in one of the world’s best patches of yachtracing water. With world class crews and experienced owners and captains  More ...

Kiel Week 2021 will take place in September

Free, outside and for everyone - that's how Kiel Week wants to present itself again this year. Therefore, it will not take place at the end of June again, but will be postponed to the date 4 to 12 September. In 2020, Kiel Week had set a mark for sailing and the event industry in Corona times More ...

Eva Holmsten Drakenberg

With great sadness the ORC and offshore racing community mourns the passing of Eva Holmsten Drakenberg in Stockholm after a short illness. Eva was a long term Board member and vice chair of the Swedish Offshore Association (SHF), as well as a member of the ORC “family” for many years on the Race Management Committee More ...

Over 100 registered entries for 2021 ORC World Championship

Organizers from the Kalev Yacht Club and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have announced a change to the Notice of Race that will broaden participation in the 2021 ORC World Championship being held over 6-14 August 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia. Currently there are 120 entries from 14 countries More ...

North Sea Regatta to host new race: The C-19 Windmill Race

During this year's upcoming Ascension Day Weekend, on Friday May 14th and Saturday May 15th the North Sea Regatta will host a brand-new Race: the NSR C-19 Windmill Race. The NSR C-19 Race will cover a figure eight course providing exciting and challenging racing around existing marks such as buoys More ...

Aegean 600: A sailing race that has the makings of a legend

On July 4th, 2021, the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) in Greece will organize a new 600 nautical mile offshore yacht race. This is a race designed by sailors for sailors in which the sporting challenge will meet the legendary beauty of the Aegean islands. It is the first time the one sea favored by poets,  More ...

First ever ORC Double Handed Europeans open for entries

The Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that the entry process is now open for the first-ever ORC Double Handed European Championship to be held over 2-10 July 2021. The event is being held concurrently with the Aegean 600, More ...

New Zealand Millennium Cup March Notice of Race released

An amendment to the notice of race has been released for the New Zealand Millennium Cup superyacht regatta; postponed from February 15-18 to March 28-31. With almost all existing entries able to race over the new dates, organisers are also pleased to report that the date change has allowed for further entries More ...

Gerd Kall, ORC Measurer from Germany passes at age 81

Starting his activity as a measurer in the IOR times of the 1970’s, Gerd Kall of Flensburg continued with the new IMS system in the 1980’s, measuring thousands of boats in his active life, and giving his contribution to the development of the German Hull Measuring Machine. More ...

Gotland Runt Offshore Race 2021

Gotland Runt is the world’s largest annual offshore race and since the start in 1937 it has attracted sailors from around the world, especially boats from the Baltic countries. In the later years there has been hundreds of boats on the start line in central Stockholm, Sweden. After a cancelled race in 2020. More ...

2021 ORC Rules now published

The managers and staff of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the 2021 version of the VPP and Rules are now published and ready for use. The rule books are uploaded and available for viewing and download and the VPP software has been delivered to ORC’s national Rating Offices  More ...

New Dates for 2022 ORC/IRC World Championship

After consultation between the Federazione Italiana Vela, the Unione Vela Altura Italiana and the Union Nationale pour la Course au Large, the Offshore Racing Congress, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the dates for the 2022 ORC/IRC World Championship have been changed. More ...

Preliminary dates set for 2022 Vic-Maui Race

Sailors, of all adventurers, know that it is darkest just before the dawn. We are currently deep in the clutches of a global pandemic, but the long term forecast is improving – including treatments and vaccines appearing on the horizon. And so we are ramping up preparations for the next Victoria to Maui Race in July 2022 More ...

Eight bells: Dave Irish

David H. Irish passed away peacefully in his home in Harbor Springs, Michigan, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Ann, four children, 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. From his home base in upper Michigan, where water turns to ice almost half the year, More ...

Ten weeks to go to New Zealand Millennium Cup

With Ten weeks to go until the New Zealand Millennium Cup begins, new entries are rolling in. The South Pacific’s longest running superyacht regatta will be the first global superyacht regatta held in close to a year, marking a moment for the industry to gather and for owners, guests and crew to enjoy competitive, fun racing. More ...

2022 ORC/IRC World Championship to be in Porto Cervo

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are pleased to announce the next biennial ORC/IRC World Championship will be held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy. Dates for the event are to be 18-26 June 2022.: More ...

ORC World Championship 2021 open for entry

Organizers from Kalev Yacht Club and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the opening of entries to the ORC World Championship 2021 to be held over 6-14 August 2021 in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Tallinn, Estonia. Enthusiasm for this event is running high: More ...

The 14th Yisunsin International Yacht Race

The organizing committee of the Yisunsin International Yacht Racesuccessfully completed the 14th Yisunsin International Yacht Race, which was held for five days, with the competition award ceremony taking place on the morning of the 8th November. In order to safeguard against COVID-19, More ...

2020 ORC Congress concludes looking forward to 2021

The 51st edition of the Offshore Racing Congress concluded over the weekend with a review of the 2020 season’s activities along with new policies and innovations lying ahead in 2021. There are 56 members of the ORC Congress that represent 35 countries, World Sailing and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) as a founding member, More ...

Bayview and Chicago Mackinac Races to adopt ORC

Bayview Yacht Club and the Mackinac Race Authority announced it will adopt the ORC Rating System to score the 97th consecutive Bayview Mackinac Race which starts on 24 July 2021. This decision is in conjunction with Chicago Yacht Club who is making the same change for its 112th Race to Mackinac. More ...

Ventaneiro 3 wins 70th Santos-Rio Race

The Brazilian ORC championship has started with the 70th edition of the Santos-Rio Race. The race has attracted a record turnout of 68 boats in six categories starting at Iate Clube de Santos on Friday 23rd October with a boat parade at Baia de Santos and a crowd watching at Ponta da Praia in Santos. More ...

Offshore Doubles hits 1000 members in 2 weeks

OffshoreDoubles.org announced today that it has surpassed 1,000 members from 55 countries within its first 2 weeks of existence. Thirteen percent of these members are women. Larry Rosenfeld, president of Offshore Doubles said, “We are thrilled to see the momentum behind the discipline of Offshore Doubles. More ...

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 ...

 


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