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Lots of wind - and no wind - in Charleston

Finally in the last day of racing the wind gods permitted the ORC Hybrid Pursuit entries to enjoy the intended three-race daily format at Charleston Race Week: a morning pursuit distance race from the harbor to the offshore course area, followed by a windward/leeward buoy race, and ending with another distance race More ...

Day One starts light for Sperry Charleston Race Week

Day One starts light for Sperry Charleston Race Week
This year’s 24th edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week features a near-record turnout of 260 boats from 8 countries, with racing started today and continuing through Sunday. Three of the four ORC classes are trying something new in the racing format: More ...

Countdown begins to Superyacht Cup Palma

International sailing clothing company Marinepool has joined the exclusive family of Superyacht Cup Palma supporters as the countdown accelerates towards the 23rd edition of Europe’s largest festival of superyacht sailing. “We are delighted to welcome Marinepool to the Superyacht Cup Palma family, More ...

Boris Hepp: 1969 - 2019

The ORC community mourns the loss of German Rating Officer Boris Hepp, who passed yesterday while at Keil University Hospital. He was 49 years old. His loss will be felt most keenly in the German sailing community, where he was the head of the Technical Department of the German Sailing Federation, in Kiel. More ...

Flow takes Offshore Multihull Class at BVI Spring Regatta

In an event billed as Bigger, Better, Stronger in reference to the BVI’s recovery since Hurricane Irma struck in Sept 2017, the event did just that with >90 entries in numerous classes and a week of sailing in a wide range of conditions, from breezy tradewinds to no air at all. More ...

ORC Sportboat Europeans now open for entries

Organizers from the Yacht Club Marina Portoroz (YCMP) and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce the opening for entries to this year's ORC Sportboat European Championship. Held over 24-30 August in Portoroz, Slovenia, this ORC championship event More ...

Record smashed in Round Tortola Race

A perfect day for record setting at the BVI Sailing Festival saw Fujin, the Bieker 53 catamaran owned and skippered by Greg Slyngstad, win the Nanny Cay Challenge with the fastest elapsed time of 1:57:16, breaking the standing record set in 2015 by the trimaran Triple Jack of 2:33:40. More ...

Hetarios overall winner at St. Barths Bucket

At this year’s edition of the St. Barths Bucket, 34 Superyachts enjoyed three days of racing on a variety of courses around this picturesque French Caribbean island. Organizers split this fleet into six classes according to size and style, with the smallest Class F Les Voiles Blanche  More ...

ITC meets in Annapolis

Members of the International Technical Committee are meeting in Annapolis USA to discuss a wide variety of topics on their agenda that relate to highly-technical items such as Residuary Resistance to more practical items like the use of outriggers on reaching sails. More ...

Fast start in Miami-Havana Race

Record-breaking conditions are anticipated for today’s start to the Miami-Nassau Race, the last race of this year’s SORC series. Event organizer Chris Woolsey explains: “North-easterly breeze of 15-20 knots today and tonight shifting east tomorrow ensures this to be a fast downwind ride for the fleet all the way to Havana. More ...

Winners and new dates for Antigua Superyacht Challenge

After four days of exciting racing and fabulous parties the 9th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua came to a conclusion on Sunday 3rd February. The Notice of Race for the 10th edition was announced with the 2020 edition moving to a new date 11-15 March. More ...

Sparkling in Antigua

The second day of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua had all the hallmarks of spectacular racing. The magnificent fleet enjoyed exhilarating conditions on the south-side of Antigua with brilliant sunshine, solid breeze and a good sea state. With all but one of the magnificent fleet measuring well over 100ft  More ...

Changeable conditions at Millennium Cup

On a day that started with light air and ended with a battle for a rum barrel, the second day of the NZ Millennium Cup was a perfect example of varied New Zealand racing. After a delayed start while the fleet waited for the breeze to build, the signals were raised and Tawera was first off the rank - heading straight. More ...

Superyacht challenge underway in Antigua

Racing at the 9th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua is underway with the fleet enjoying spectacular conditions off the south coast of Antigua. Race One was approximately 23 nautical miles with seven legs providing a full range of wind angles in solid trade winds. In the Corsairs Class, Nilaya won the first race More ...

Early discount fee deadline extended for 2019 ORC Worlds

​Event organizers from D-Marin, Sailing Club Val, the City of Sibenik and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have decided to extend for an additional month the deadline for early entries to receive a discount to the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship. Now after March 1st entry fees will increase by €200-250, More ...

Roaring through the bay at Millennium Cup

​Day one of the first superyacht regatta of the year was raced in beautiful conditions and moderate breeze at the NZ Millennium Cup regatta today. With the first boat away at 11am, the fleet started off Tapeka Point with three minutes between each vessel on a course which would take them up the Bay  More ...

Millennium Cup superyacht regatta is officially underway

The first superyacht regatta of 2019 was declared open today as the sun set over New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. Over the next three days from 31 January to 2 February, adventurous yachts which have made the journey to the Pacific sailing hub of New Zealand will race in the New Zealand Millennium Cup around 144 islets, More ...

Antiguan Superyacht ensemble

The ninth edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua will take place from Jan 30 – Feb 3, featuring a programme of four races held over four days for yachts of 80 feet and over. The fleet for this spectacular regatta has now assembled in Antigua. With just over a week to the first race, More ...

2019 ORC VPP and rules now available

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce the 2019 versions of its Rules and regulations, Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) and Worldwide Calendar of events are now published and are available on the ORC website. These are available both for the ORC and ORC Superyacht rating systems. More ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Alive secures overall victory

Phillip Turner’s Alive has been announced as the overall winner of the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in both ORCi and IRC scoring. The 66-ft Reichel/Pugh design is only the 4th Tasmanian yacht to win the race in its 74-year history, and the first since 1979. Turner and his crew, which includes skipper Duncan Hine, More ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Tactical challenges ahead

A glorious, sunny summer afternoon provided the setting for an impressive 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start. As the first yacht to successfully clear Sydney Heads, Peter Harburg’s 100-ft Black Jack – for the second year running – gained an early psychological advantage over her rivals ahead More ...

2019 ORC European Championship open for entries

The Oxelösunds Segelsällskap and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that the 2019 ORC European Championship being held over 11-17 August is now open for entries.
Oxelösund is a relatively young port town in the scenic region of Södermanland, 100 km southwest of Stockholm More ...

2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship open for entries

In June 2019 Sailing Club Val, D-Marin Mandalina and the City of Sibenik will host the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship, which will attract around 150 sailboats and 1,000 sailors from all over the world to participate in this prestigious regatta. This will be the greatest sporting event ever held in Sibenik.More ...

Entries are flooding in for the 2019 Superyacht Cup in Palma

No fewer than 14 of the world’s finest yachts have already expressed interest in the 23rd edition of Europe’s largest and longest-running superyacht regatta, with 19–22 June blocked out in their 2019 programmes As ever, the Superyacht Cup looks set to welcome back old friends while getting ready to make some new ones. More ...

Nassau Cup opens SORC Islands in the stream series

Coral Reef YC, Nassau YC and Storm Trysail Club hosted the Nassau Cup Ocean Race from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas being the first Islands in the Stream Series event for the 2018-19 season. After free rum drinks and a regatta briefing at Coral Reef YC in Miami, we noticed interestingly that the fleet had consolidated entries. More ...

Superyachts set for Antigua

The 9th edition of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua will take place from Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2019 featuring a programme of four races held over four days. The magnificent fleet take part in spectacular racing, with daily pursuit races along the stunning south coast of Antigua. Warm trade winds and ocean swell produce ideal conditions. More ...

ORC and OMA unite to form new ORC multihull rule

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and the Offshore Multihull Association (OMA) are pleased to announce their partnership to develop a new handicap rule system called ORCmultihull, or ORCmh. This new system is intended to provide measurement, VPP rating and scoring tools for large performance multihulls, More ...

New York Yacht Club to host 2020 IRC/ORC Worlds

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) working in cooperation with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union National Course au Large (UNCL), founding partners of the IRC rating system, are pleased to announce the approval of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) to host the 2020 IRC/ORC World Championship in Newport, More ...

ORC and IRC agree continued cooperation

Representatives of the RORC and ORC met at the Royal Malta Yacht Club before the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race to discuss the continued cooperation between IRC and ORC on a technical level, and the future of a joint Offshore World Championship. Both sides agreed that The Hague Offshore World Championship, More ...

Bohemian Rhapsody in the Rolex Middle Sea Race

A record breaking 130 yachts took part in the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race, Overall victory in IRC belonged to Géry Trentesaux’s JPK 11.80 Courrier Recommandé from France. 86 teams competed under the ORC Rating Rule in the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which was first held in 1968. Milan Kolacek's Figaro II More ...

Selection of 2018 ORC Champions on Lake Constance

The Final Race organized by the Regatta Union Lake Constance (RVB) took place in Ueberlingen and marks the conclusion of the International ORC Lake Constance Championships for this windward-leeward and long-distance race series. The overall winner in all ORC classes in the windward-leeward series More ...

ORC Annual Dinner

The ORC Annual Dinner will take place on Monday, 29th October at 20:30 at Ritz Carlton Hotel Sarasota. ORC Congress Members and other interested Committee Members are welcome to attend the ORC Dinner and are invited to purchase the tickets through the online form by 25th October 2018. More ...

Submissions for the 2018 AGM posted

A total of 26 submissions have been received from the ORC Nominating Bodies. Submissions will be discussed through the Congress and ORC Committees during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held in Sarasota, USA from 25 - 31st October. Agendas will be posted soon. More ...

Lucia X is overall winner of 6th Thousand Islands Race

Slovakian Lucia X owned by Milan Fabian with Croatian crew onboard and Mladen Kraljiæ at the helm is the winner of 6th Tyhousand Islands Race. Second leg form Tivat to Rijeka changed only the course direction among more then 1000 islands of Croatian coast but NE wind (BURA) stayed constant throughout both legs More ...

Godspeed 52 wins Leg 1 of Thousand Islands Race

Austrian Peter Steinkolger on Godspeed 52 is the winner of 278 NM long first leg of Thousand Islands Race from Rijeka to Tivat. Single word description of the leg would be - BURA. Strong and gusty offshore NE wind caused by cold inland air precipitating to the sea from top of the high mountainous More ...

Thousand Islands Race has started

Traditionally, today at noon major of Rijeka Mr Vojko Obersnel symbolically signalled start of the 6th Thousand Islands Race outside Rijeka harbour with a long horn sound from harbour master’s rescue vessel “Vid” used as signalling boat. In spite of prognosis for 278 NM long route calling SE at first and then NE (Bura) More ...

Maltese Falcon and Silencio triumph in Perini Navi Cup

After three days of racing, the seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup drew to a close today. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, had gathered 21 yachts from the Perini Navi fleet in Porto Cervo. Overall leader in the Cruiser Racer division was the 50-metre Silencio, while The Maltese Falcon triumphed  More ...

Seond day of Racing at Perini Navi Cup

The fleet of Perini Navi yachts once again took to the waters off the Costa Smeralda today for the second day of racing in the seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup. The event, which gathers the pearls of the Italian shipyard together, is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and will conclude tomorrow, More ...

Silencio and Maltese Falcon winners of the day

The Perini Navi yachts unfurled their sails this morning for the first of three days of racing in the seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup, an event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and running through Saturday 22 September. Racing for the two divisions, Cruiser Racer and Corinthians Spirit,  More ...

Perini Navi Cup returns to Porto Cervo

The quays of Porto Cervo are bustling as a fleet of superyachts arrives for the seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup, an event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the prestigious Perini Navi shipyard. Tomorrow, Thursday 20 September, 12 of the 20 attending sailing yachts will cast off. More ...

Successful 20th edition of Rolex Swan Cup draws to a close

The final day of the 20th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup decreed the winners in each of the six categories that the fleet of 110 boats from 17 nations was divided into. The winners were: Plis-Play in the Maxi Class, Solte in the Grand Prix division and Six Jaguar in the Sparkman & Stephens Class. The ClubSwan 50 world champion is More ...

 


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