ORCi Europeans 2011 | entries

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The boat to beat? Det ryktas att Christian Plump kommer med en helt ny optimerad ORCi-racer från Judel/Vrolijk, men i anmälningslistan står han med en Evento 46. Just nu följande båtar anmälda:

  • Destin Landmark 43 Kandahl, Tore
  • Ille Moro Bavaria 42 Match Daae, Ludvig
  • Silva.Hispaniola Evento 42 Schmidt, Pit
  • Norsteam Farr 40
  • Beluga Sailing Team Evento 46 Plump, Christian
  • Gertrud IMX 40 Having, Lena

Nedan är en artikel av Dobbs Davies som publicerades i senaste Seahorse. Inte ofta vi har västkustbåtar med där?

Online entries open for ORCi European Championship

The Royal Norwegian Yacht Club (Kongelig Norsk Seilforening – KNS) is honoured to host the 2011 ORCi European Championship, with the event to be held on the island of Hankø, in the Oslo fjord, over 6-13 August 2011.

KNS was founded in 1883, has more than 4,000 members, mainly located in the Oslo area, and is by far the largest yacht club in Norway. The clubs cooperating with KNS for this event are Fredrikstad Yacht Club (FYC) for race management and Hankø Yacht Club (HYC) as the land base and social arena. Hankø has been the main venue for international regattas in Norway for the last one hundred years, and HYC was founded by sailors from KNS 50 years ago with the aim to attract international sailing at what they considered to be one of the best race courses in the world.

“We are really excited about inviting sailors from both the Baltic region and throughout Europe to come to Hanko and enjoy some great racing,” says Thomas Nilsson, Chairman on the Norwegian Offshore Racing Club. “The quality of the venue, the level of competition, and the sailing conditions here in August will be superb. We expect this to be a premier event for the season, and look forward to crowning a new ORC European champion.”

The Notice of Race and online entry form has recently been opened at the event website, with crew lists also uploaded here as well. If paper forms are preferred, then these can be downloaded in the Documents section and submitted.

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Among the 30-40 entries expected by Nilsson is the reigning ORCi World Champion Christian Plump and his team from Germany, who will be sailing his brand-new Judel/Vrolijk-designed 42-footer designed specially for the ORC International rule. This design will be fresh from the builder in Poland and likely making its competitive debut at the event.

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Another entry putting in some major preparations for this event is Feelgood, Martin Nilsson’s new Salona 37 IBC, being managed by Henrik Ottosson of North Sails Sweden. Ottosson explained this year’s campaign started over 3 years ago and is focused on optimizing the light air performance of the boat through weight placement and sail selection. Photo: Stefan Blom.

“The new Salona was delivered late last summer and is 500 kg lighter than the old boat, with water and fuel tanks centered more in the middle of the boat,” he says. “As for sails, we felt that under certain conditions it had been difficult to match the top boats, but now with a faster rating (lower GPH) we can use four downwind sails instead of just three. So, we’ve extended the wardrobe to include a new Code 2 a-sail hung on a 600 mm external carbon bowsprit, in addition to the symmetrical runner and asymmetric A1 and A3 kites.”

Ottosson says the Gothenburg-based team will be racing both locally and on Faerder Seilasen in Oslo and in the Round Gotland Race in Stockholm. But much time will also be put into sail testing and evaluation, with use of the Expedition performance software to use when it comes time to race offshore.

The Feelgood team has also been active in evaluating their different configurations for ORC with use of the ORC Manager software and the Sailor Services tool for running test certificates.

“My image of ORCi is that it is a very good rule that works well,” says Ottosson, “even if it is obviously difficult to fair results if the boats are too different in size and the conditions change in the long distance races. In the current situation it is difficult to “fool “the rule with different configurations, but in my opinion, it is best to ensure that the boat has the best all-round qualities as possible. Many people pay too much attention to the GPH rating instead of the boat’s performance in various wind speeds, and I think it is absolutely essential that you don´t use just the GPH numbers when racing at the ORCi championship level.”

For more information on the ORCi European Championship, visit the event website.

5 Comments

  1. Patrick L May 17, 2011 Reply

    Kunde vara intressant att i sammanhanget nämna att det är 119 anmälda till ORCi VM i Cres, Kroatien. Italienarna kan ta sig till race, de…

  2. CB May 17, 2011 Reply

    Intresset för ORCi VM i Kroatien i sommar är större än någonsin. Nu 119 båtar anmälda! Saxat från orc.org:

    The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and the Sailing Club of Rijeka (SCOR) are pleased to announce that as of this week 119 teams from 15 nations have committed to converge on Cres, Croatia for the 2011 ORC International World Championship, held over 18-26 June 2011. This is the highest and most diverse turnout of any ORC championship regatta in its 40-year history, and is an event sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as the sole official offshore World Championship.

    “We are really pleased by the extraordinary number of teams coming to Cres, and the strong number of early entries we had: even before the first of the year there were already almost 80 entries,” says Zoran Grubisa, event Chairman from SCOR. “This is because Cres is well-known as a very attractive destination, and our previous regattas held there have proven that the area is suitable for a world-class event such as this.”

    Entries are still being accepted until 18 May with an entry fee of €600, but after that date they will be accepted only at the discretion of the organizers, and with an entry fee of €1000.

    Most entries in the fleet are from a variety of production racer/cruiser designs, but there are also many high-performance race boats entered in this year’s Worlds. These include two TP52’s, Aniene 1a Classe from Italy and Aquila from Austria, Roberto Monti’s Felci-designed GP42 Airis, a veteran of the past two seasons in the Audi MedCup from Italy, and the Farr-designed canting-keeled Cookson 50 Calipso IV, also from Italy and owned by Piero Paniccia. It is a testament to the versatility of the ORCi rating system that this wide diversity of boat types can be fairly rated and scored in the same competition.

    Besides this spectrum of competitive boat designs, the fleet also contains a significant array of sailing talent, including numerous past World, national, and regional champions in ORCi, as well as several past Olympians and America’s Cup team members. Examples include Italian AC veterans Tomasso Chieffi and Paolo Cian, who are tacticians on, respectively, the reigning European ORCi Champion Man, a GS42R05 owned by Riccardo Di Bartolomeo, and the NM 38 Scugnizza owned by Enzo del Blasio. Croatian Olympic Finn sailor Karlo Kuret will be the helmsman on the Salona 42 All 4 One, and fellow Croatian Olympic Laser sailor Mate Arapov will be on board the GS56R Marina Kaštela.

    While most entries are from the Adriatic region, the event has also drawn interest from teams from as far away as the USA. Alice Martin and her team from Chicago are taking a break from racing their Sydney 38 at home to charter the Salona 34 One for the Worlds in Cres.

    Martin is excited about the event. “Every year we try to look for an out of town sailing adventure,” said Martin. “Last year it was the Newport-Bermuda Race, and this year we will bring much of the same team to Cres. What attracted us to come here is the beauty of the area, the timing in our schedule, and having the opportunity to compete at a World Championship. This all gives us a lot of bragging rights at home!”

    All official activities for the 2011 World Championship will be held at the ACI Marina in Cres, including berthing, the regatta center, and media center. After measurement and registration on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 June, inshore racing will start on Monday 20 June on courses set between Cres and the Istrian coastline. On Tuesday 21 June will be the start of the 24-hour offshore race, with finishes expected on Wednesday 22 June. Thursday 23 June inshore racing resumes through Saturday 25 June, the final day of competition.

    Nine races are scheduled: seven Windward/Leeward races and an offshore race scored as two races. One discard will be allowed if all nine races will be completed. The championship is valid if at least four windward/leeward races and one offshore race or at least three windward/leeward races and two offshore races are completed.

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    Peter Gustafsson Jul 29, 2011 Reply

    Anmälningsläget: http://kns.no/nor/Regatta/Regattasider/ORCint_Europeans_2011/Entry/Participants.b7C_wljM2j.ips

    13 NOR
    6 GER
    5 SWE

    Skall sno ihop en trash talk inom kort…

    Verkar tyvärr inte som regerande mästaren Christian Plump (Beluga) kommer i sin nya J/V 42 Elena Nova. Officiellt “är båten inte klar”, men man har ju kört både North Sea Week and Keel Cup i juni?

    Ni som är nyfikna på båten hittar mätbrevet här: GER6500.PDF

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