Please select your home edition
Edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW LEADERBOARD

2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship at Sibenik, Croatia - Day 4

by ORC Media 6 Jun 2019 18:55 PDT 3-8 June 2019
Big seas on the Class C start line - 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship © Fabio Taccola

As teams left the picturesque and protected harbor in Sibenik this morning, the fourth day of the 2019 D-Marin ORC World Championship looked like every other this week on this lovely Dalmatian coast: sunny, warm, slight breeze from the south just starting to rustle leaves on the olive trees. The forecast models seemed wrong, as the pressure at 0930 was 7 knots, 8 knots below the forecast trends, and it was hard to believe this was going to be a big breeze day.

Then getting outside the cut to the open Adriatic, reality confronted everyone: the building seas were steepening to over a meter as the breeze built into the high teens. On course area Alpha the race managers struggled with an errant starting pin mark that refused to stay put in the big seas and 50 meters depth, causing massive delays in getting races started in Classes A and C. Competitors were kept abreast of the situation by radio, and many took cover in the lee of a nearby islet rather than get soaked reaching back and forth at high speed while waiting.

In the end only one race could be started and completed before the breeze built to a steady 23 knots with gusts to 27 knots, and with plenty of carnage on the course the race managers called it a day.

In this one race, the cream rose again to the top, with the polished team on Marco Sarafino's TP52 XIO putting another bullet on the scoreboard in the 10.3-mile race, this time with a new runner-up close behind: Sandro Paniccia's Scuderia 50 Altair 3 by only 29 seconds. XIO's string of bullets on her scorecard is marred only by her second place finish in the series first long offshore race, once that cannot be discarded.

The Bravo course area had plenty of breeze and waves, but maybe not quite as extreme, with race managers completed two races with the intent for a third. High gusts in the mid-20's and the concurrent travails on Course area Alpha convinced race managers to quit while ahead and send the fleet in before bad luck might overcome them too.

Andrea Rossi's Swan 42 team on Mela continued to demonstrate their European one-design class Champion mastery with yet another two victories scored. This may seem easy, but its not, as the margins are extremely thin: in today's first race over class rival and runner-up Digital Bravo owned by Alberto Franchi, victory was by 4 seconds, with Massimo De Campo's Selene-Alifax only another 8 seconds back. The next two finishers, Pierluigi Bresciani's modified Arya 415 Pazza Ida and Nicola de Gemmis's GS 39 Morgan IV, were only another 30 seconds back so that the top five were all within 43 seconds in corrected time after an hour and 10 minutes of racing: this is competitive handicap racing at its best.

With the breeze and seas building even more in Race 5, the Swans once again dominated the top of the class, this time once again finishing in order of Mela, Digital Bravo and Selene. Its no wonder with such close competitive sailing that skirmishes would be inevitable, and a protest was being heard between Mela and Digital Bravo with Selene as a witness in Race 5, with the jury dismissing the claim. This also as significance because with the completion of Race 5 this class has completed all the minimum requirements needed for an ORC World Championship, with or without additional racing and potential discards in the scores.

Meanwhile back on the Alpha course area the conditions were more challenging for the smaller 35-40-footers in Class C, with numerous incidents of broaching and breakage to keep the sail repair and rigging teams busy tonight. Rising above the fray were the seasoned teams at the top of the leaderboard who enjoyed some close racing. Aivar Tuulberg's custom Cossutti design Katariina II, the reigning ORC European Champion from Estonia, finally found the winner's circle in this race but only by 33 seconds over the Czech team on Zdenek Jakoubek's red-orange M37 Hebe V, the current series leader. Ott Kikkas's Italia 11.98 Sugar 3 earned third in the race to stay in contention for the lead because if another inshore race is held and se does well, she will drop her 7th place from the first race yesterday and vault back to the top of the leaderboard.

Yet this will not happen tomorrow: race managers are planning to go forward with a 50-mile coastal race, even though the forecast is for very light air. Like Monday's 114-mile long offshore course, this course will be an island tour where the race can be shortened to stay within reasonable time limits if needed. First start time is planned for 11:00.

More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at www.orc.org.

Related Articles

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez en route
Adapting in line with the global health situation In line with the global health situation, the organisers of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez remain on alert. The goal: to maintain what has for decades made the success of these regattas unique to the world for modern and classic boats. Posted on 30 May
ORC Race Management Guide now available
New publication gives guidance for race organizers and sailors using the ORC system The members of the Race Management Committee led by Hans-Eckhard ("Ecky") von der Mosel and the management and staff at the ORC are pleased to announce the publication of a project that has put together the knowledge and expertise of many ORC contributors Posted on 30 May
COVID-19 forces cancellation of ORC/IRC Worlds
The impact of the coronavirus has been felt throughout the sporting world Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship Posted on 22 May
New ORC Speed Guide now available
New updates include calculations and graphics for all sail types While inshore and offshore races are shut down all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the technical team at the Offshore Race Congress (ORC) has nonetheless been hard at work updating its system for use when racing resumes. Posted on 10 May
New Caledonia Groupama Race postponed
7th edition of New Caledonia Groupama Race has been postponed to June 2021 As a result of the Covid-19 virus, the 7th edition of the New Caledonia Groupama Race has been postponed to June 2021. Posted on 6 Apr
2020 ORC Europeans postponed to May 2021
The Organizers are deeply thankful to all owners and crews Due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting the world so hard, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week Organizing Authority, in agreement with Italian Sailing Federation, ORC and the International Maxi Association, has decided to postpone the Regatta. Posted on 31 Mar
SHK Scallywag shoots for GROUPAMA Race double
GROUPAMA Race around New Caledonia return in 2020 The current monohull record holders for the GROUPAMA Race around New Caledonia will return in 2020 with a Hong Kong team hungry to also claim the multihull record for the biennial South Pacific race starting June 21. Posted on 6 Mar
Whisper becomes a shout for the Groupama Race
The Chinese Whisper team have a big year planned Retirement has afforded David Griffith the freedom to pick and choose the ocean races he fancies will best suit the Sydney-based Reichel/Pugh 62 called Chinese Whisper he jointly owns with Rupert Henry. Posted on 13 Feb
ORC announces new 2020 VPP and Rules books
The race to Key West will be the first of the year to use the new ORC Double Handed Certificate With numerous improvements prompted by user input and internal research over the past year, the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce its new 2020 VPP and 2020 Rules books are available now for download from the ORC's website. Posted on 13 Jan
Tom Bowler on the 2019 Wirth M. Munroe Race
Interview with Miami to Palm Beach Yacht Race chairman I checked in with Tom Bowler, event chairman of the 2019 Wirth M. Munroe Miami to Palm Beach Yacht Race, via email, to learn more about this exciting early-winter race. Posted on 3 Dec 2019
Official-Event-Store-Navy 728x90 BOTTOMGul 2020 FOOTERHenri-Lloyd 2020 FOOTER