Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Tough

ORCi World Championship - Tight at the top after day 1

by ORC Media on 25 Jun 2013
2013 Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship Fabio Taccola
This morning on day one of the Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, things appeared extremely promising: partly sunny skies, 14-17 knots of wind from the northwest, just enough to speckle whitecaps on the beautiful azure seas of the Adriatic. Race managers were excited about the day, planning to hold two out of the seven inshore races they intend for the week.

The 110 teams from 15 countries must have also been excited, with boats from both Class A and Class B rushing their first starting attempts into General Recalls, prompting immediate Black Flags on the two subsequent starts in an attempt to control the unruly crowds of over 50 boats on each starting line. But once the Black Flag was raised both classes were sent off successfully on their second starts to their respective 9.7 and 8.0-mile courses. This all looked like the week would be off to a spectacular start.


But two hours later, and fortunately after the finishes of both classes, a thick black cloud rolled off the coast from behind Ancona, bringing with it lightning, rain and a significant wind shift to the south. This left race managers no choice but to postpone racing for a while by sending the fleet into the safety of the harbor at the nearby Marina Dorica. And while after docking crews enjoyed a mid-afternoon coffee, this changed over to beer and pasta at 1600 local time when it became clear this cloud was not moving and it would be impractical to set up another inshore race course in the uncertain conditions.

Nonetheless, the first race was extremely close at the top of Class A, with reigning ORC Class A World Champion Alberto Rossi and his TP52 Enfant Terrible team earning the first victory of the week. But this was by an extremely close margin - a mere four seconds in corrected time - over Piero Paniccia's canting-keeled Cookson 50 Calypso. And the margin to third place was even less - only one second - to Giorgio Martin's TP52 Aniene, followed in turn 12 seconds back by Marco Serafini's TP52 Hurakan.

The positive result for Rossi is impressive, given that he had his boat delivered from the boatyard only on Thursday, after having made some recent rig and sail changes.

'We are still learning this boat and its modes,' said Rossi. 'And we hope by the end of the week we will be sailing at full potential.'


Analyzing these results from his design office in Valencia, ORC International Technical Committee member Jason Ker said the close margins and diversity of boat types in the top ten is good news for the ORC VPP.

'In these conditions to have a mix of ten race boats and racer/cruisers competitive to under three minutes in corrected time is fantastic,' says Ker. 'The top ten has both old and new race boats - a variety of TP52's, a canting keel Cookson 50, an old IMS race boat (GS 42R), a Melges 32 and a Farr 40 - but also two racer/cruisers (Arya 415 and a modified Dehler 44). It’s exciting that these can all be competitive racing together using ORCi.'

In contrast, the winner of the first race in Class B did so in more convincing style, with Giuseppe Giuffre's M37 and reigning ORC European Class B champion Low Noise trailing UkaUka Racing's Comet 38S by a few boatlengths, but defeating them in corrected time by 51 seconds to take the first Class B victory. But just as in Class A, there was less than three minutes in corrected time from first to 10th place, with some positions determined by as little as five seconds.


Racing will continue here in Ancona tomorrow, with the long and short offshore races scheduled to start tomorrow morning and end about 24 hours later on Wednesday, although the intended course will not be announced until this evening. The format is to have a scoring gate positioned in the long course so that finish times can be taken for this short segment while the teams are en route to complete the course for the long race. Both short and long race are worth equal points (1.0, same as an inshore race), but the long offshore race cannot be discarded from a team's overall scores.

For complete results, click here
ORC Worlds website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignZhik ZKG 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Nevin Snow wins the 50th Governor's Cup
Nevin Snow and his team were victorious this year, defeating Sam Gilmour and his team from the Royal Freshwater Bay Club Nevin Snow and his team from San Diego Yacht Club were victorious this year, defeating Sam Gilmour and his team from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Each had defeated their opponent in the final four.
Posted today at 4:42 pm
Comanche - On board report - 175nm ahead of trans-Atlantic record pace
Comanche is currently 1?76? miles ahead of the record (correct at 09.45 BST) Sunday July 24, 2016 Update from Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark's supermaxi Comanche on Sunday 24th July, 2016 as she chases the Trans-Atlantic monohull record Comanche is currently 1?76? miles ahead of the record (correct at 09.45 BST). Visit the Yellow Brick tracker for latest position updates
Posted today at 12:10 pm
Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge - Race 13 arrivals complete
Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, arrivals are now complete following arrival of IchorCoal at 2300 local time As Visit Seattle, PSP Logistics and Da Nang – Viet Nam celebrated their podium finishes in race 13, the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, arrivals are now complete following the arrival of IchorCoal at 2300 local time this evening.
Posted today at 7:48 am
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Kraken one, Darby no score
In real race, not artificial ones that sailboats make up between themselves, Kraken beat Mother Nature’s child – Darby 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race - In a real race, not the artificial ones that sailboats make up between themselves, Kraken has beat Mother Nature’s child – Darby. Mark and Annette Malacek’s Beneteau First 40.7 from West Vancouver Yacht Club crossed the finish line around 1:45 pm local time. It was great relief to the many family and fans that greeted Kraken's arrival.
Posted today at 7:20 am
Pacific Cup - Friday finishers action-shots by Lauren Easley
Photographer Lauren Easley was in air at 2016 Pacific Cup and provided this gallery of images from Friday action. Photographer Lauren Easley was in air at finish of the Pacific Cup raced from San Francisco to Honolulu and provided this gallery of images from Friday action.
Posted today at 6:38 am
France Blue, Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup favourite?
Calling form on Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is hard, as for team to be successful all three of its boats must perform Calling form on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is hard, as for a team to be successful, all three of its boats must perform. This, plus the event's week-long duration and diverse race format, make the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for Corinthian crews one of the pinnacle racing events internationally held under a rating rule.
Posted today at 5:24 am
ORC Worlds - Three new ORC World Champions crowned in Copenhagen
A light southerly arose just in time to get one last race in for all three classes on concluding day of 2016 ORC Worlds 2016 ORC Worlds - After an initial delay this morning due to no wind that threatened to keep everyone ashore like yesterday, a light southerly arose just in time to get one last race in for all three classes on the concluding day of the 2016 ORC World Championship, hosted by the Royal Danish YC and Egaa Sailing Club.
Posted today at 4:45 am
Transat Québec Saint-Malo – Class40s sail into Saint-Malo
Twelve of the nineteen Class40s racing in the ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo 2016 Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Twelve of the nineteen Class40s racing in the ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis are now safely moored at the Quai Duguay-Trouin wharf in Saint-Malo at the foot of the ramparts as the sun prepares to go down over the Corsair City.
Posted today at 3:09 am
America's Cup World Series Portsmouth – Standing room only.
There are no half measures where English weather is concerned. There are no half measures where English weather is concerned. Happily, that means that when it’s good it very, very good. Blue skies, sunshine, 23 deg C, clean air, and the whole place looks as if has put on a party frock and got lit up. Wonderful.
Posted on 23 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – More Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from the first day of racing Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from the first day of racing
Posted on 23 Jul