The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has announced that its innovative user-friendly access to the rating system, ORC Sailor Services, will now feature translations of its services and functions in German, Spanish, Italian, Croatian and Greek to better serve a large segment of the ORC community.
Other languages are going to be offered soon, including French, Portuguese and Japanese.
Sailor Services will also now offer to registered users free copies of the nearly 20,000 ORC International and ORC Club certificates issued in over 40 countries since 2009.
And now that beta testing has concluded by the International Technical Committee, new certificate copies and test certificates issued by Sailor Services will be run using the new 2012 ORC VPP.
'We're very pleased to offer these new features to the offshore racing community,' says Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC. 'It furthers our mission to deliver the best rating system in the world to the largest audience in the most transparent and accessible manner possible.'
Since its introduction nearly a year ago, Sailor Services has been used by nearly 1200 users in fifteen countries for access to copies of issued certificates, but also to run test certificates using measurements taken from over 55,000 measurement records available over the past 20 years from boats with issued IMS, ORC Club and/or ORC International certificates.
For only €10 each, users can run a test certificate on their boat or any boat in this system from a measurement file with an editable parameter of interest, such as sail size, rig configuration, or crew weight. Effects on rating due to hull or appendage changes cannot be examined, as the offset files cannot be changed and remain secure in the ORC database. For these changes the user must contact their designer or their local rating office.
Test certificates are, however, not meant to replace valid certificates issued by an ORC rating authority, and are therefore not valid for racing.
'This is an outstanding service not only to the boat owners, who are exploring simple changes to their sails or rigging or crew, but also to the more knowledgeable users, like official measurers, who can examine quickly and directly online the effect of their measurements on a boat's certificate,' says Nicola Sironi, Chief Measurer for ORC.
For more information on ORC rules, events and rating services, visit www.orc.org
, and for more information about ORC Sailor Services, visit www.orc.org/sailorservices