ORCi European championships are currently underway in Hanko, Norway. Today the 26 entries were greeted with sunny skies and light northwest winds.
The breeze direction and strength has produced close reaching conditions on the first leg of the race, rewarding teams equipped with asymmetric spinnakers and Code 0’s. Accordingly, the Mills-designed Landmark 43 Destin being driven by Tore Kandahl took the early lead in Division 1, while Martin Nilsson’s Salona 37 Feelgood has jumped ahead of the pack in Division 2.
This race will send the fleet in a two-lap clockwise loop around the southern end of the Oslofjorden, beginning with a long reach south to a turning buoy at Grisbådarna in Sweden, then west across the northern Skagerrak back to the opposite shore in Norway to a buoy at Rakkebåene. From here the fleet turns northeast back up the Oslofjorden to another mark at Tristeingrunnen, then north to Hollenderbåen light, then east back to the starting area at Garnholmen. This circuit totals 70 miles in length.
If the wind remains light, race organizers from the Royal Norwegian YC (KNS) have the option of shortening the course to finish the race here, but event chairman Per Bøymo said he doesn’t have plans to do this based on the current forecast.
'Our current forecast indicates the wind will increase steadily today, shift slightly to the west, then to the north and accelerate up to 20 knots tonight, so we think this will be fast enough to send them on another lap to complete the course.'
The second lap will be slightly shorter at 53 miles total, sending the fleet around Sydostgrunnen instead of Rakkebåene, with the same circuit back north towards the finish at Garnholmen.
Scoring points earned in this race get weighted by 1.75, with results expected early tomorrow morning once all boats finish the course. Event website