Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

ORC World Championship - 100 is a magic number

by ORC on 6 Apr 2013
Final day - ORC World Championship 2012 © Max Ranchi Photography http://www.maxranchi.com
100 is a magic number, and for ORCi World Championships a customary one in the last few years. There were 119 entries in the 2011 ORCi World Championship in Cres, 124 at the 2012 Audi ORCi World Championship in Helsinki, and here in early April it is a number that is approaching fast for organizers of the ORC World Championship 2013, held over June 21-29 in Ancona, Italy.

While many sailing events around the world have struggled to keep up their participation levels, this year event organizers in Ancona have the opposite problem: they have put a limit on entries, the first time ever for an ORC championship event.

'Our host venue at Marina Dorica is a fantastic facility,' says racing manager Paolo Massarini. 'But with more than 130 boats from 12 countries we could not guarantee space for everyone, which includes proper accommodation for the boats but also the crews and their families and friends. Comune di Ancona and the Regione Marche have been very helpful to anticipate a large crowd of over 1000 people coming to this event, so we have to be realistic in making sure there is space for everyone.'

A novel solution to the housing problem has been made in the form of a floating hotel: as an official sponsor of the ORC World Championship 2013, Adria Ferries has offered the event use of its ship AF Michela, that will be positioned in Ancona harbor close to the event venue and within walking distance of the city center. AF Michela offers accommodation for some 500 people, and guests will be offered breakfast and the option of packed lunch for the day. Prices start as low as €32/night + VAT.

Another reason to limit entries is that a race fleet that is too large can also compromise the quality of racing within the format allowed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Since only two World Championship titles can be awarded according to ISAF rules, the large fleet can be split into only two separate regattas to determine a winner for each. At up to 70 entries in either class, this will still be quite a large group for Principal Race Officer Alfredo Ricci and his team to manage to race in a way that gives a fair chance to every participant. Formats such as multiple course areas are being considered to handle the large fleet.

'Fairness is extremely important at the World Championship,' says ORC Chairman Bruno Finzi. 'There are many boats coming from not only the Mediterranean region but from all over the world, with most making a tremendous investment in their preparation to compete. So it is important that we make sure that all aspects of the competition are fair and transparent: the measurements, the ratings, the race courses and the scoring must be absolutely clear to all who participate.'

So far the event has attracted the interest of some high-level talent, with many past and present World and National ORC Champion teams on the entry list, guided by some high-profile tactical talent. For example, the reigning two-time ORC Class A World Champion Alberto Rossi will have a new Enfant Terrible to race, a Reichel/Pugh TP52 to replace his modified Farr 40, and in Ancona there will be three other TP52's to challenge him, in addition to many other fast designs.

And the reigning ORC Class B World Champion, Vincenzo de Blasio, will have his Cossutti-designed NM38 Scugnizza in Ancona to defend his title, which he earned in Helsinki after a hard-fought battle that came down to the final leg of the final race of the series.

'It is looking to be yet another very competitive regatta ahead of us,' says Finzi. 'The eventual winners will have very much earned their new titles.'
ORC Worlds ORC website
Raja Muda 2016 660x82Pantaenius - Fixed ValueGuy Nowell - Yellow 660

Related Articles

Groupama Race – Between the north and Nouméa
Beau Geste arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the third position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. Beau Geste arrived at 7:09am this morning, taking the third position on real-time, behind Vodafone and Scallywag. The crew was very pleased about his race. The owner and skipper, Karl Kwok, compared the luxury and unspoilt landscapes from the East coast to Polynesia and the West coast to Cebu island in Philippines.
Posted on 28 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's view of Day 2
Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Posted on 28 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's images from Day 1
Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones, Nioulargue for the Modern yachts, Pampelonne for the Wallys and the bay for the 15 m JIs, racing in an even swell and glorious sunshine. Most of the Classic yachts are not due to set sail until the second day of racing. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on hand to capture the acti
Posted on 28 Sep
2016 Volvo China Coast Race Week – Overall report
Volvo China Coast Race Week comprises Volvo China Coast Regatta sailed over three days in waters of Hong Kong Island Headlined by Volvo, newly-minted partners of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Volvo China Coast Race Week comprises the Volvo China Coast Regatta sailed over three days in the regional waters of Hong Kong Island followed by the Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan Race, an Offshore Category One race of 390nm from Hong Kong to Sanya, Hainan.
Posted on 28 Sep
J-70 Worlds - San Francisco - Images from a fired up first day
Images and video of the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Videographer and photographer, John Navas was on the water on the Berkley Circle, San Francisco for the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in video and still images.
Posted on 28 Sep
Groupama Race - Scallywag sets monohull record
Scallywag, the longest monohull, is also the fastest monohull to sail around New-Caledonia. Scallywag, the longest monohull finished second behind the Simon Hull skippered ORMA60 trimaran, Franck Racing (formerly TeamVodafoneSailing). Scallywag also becomes is also the fastest monohull to sail around New-Caledonia. She took 2 days, 13 hours, 19 min and 55s, to establish a new record for monohulls.
Posted on 28 Sep
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Cut-throat competition on Day 1 in San Francisco
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Posted on 28 Sep
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted on 27 Sep