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.