Please select your home edition
Edition
Lloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px1 TOP

Bayview and Chicago Mac Races adopt ORC

by ORC Media 1 Nov 2020 13:35 PST July 2021
Each year hundreds of entries race to Mackinac Island from starts in Chicago and Port Huron, Michigan. These are the largest freshwater races in the USA © Chicago YC

Bayview Yacht Club and the Mackinac Race Authority announced it will adopt the ORC Rating System to score the 97th consecutive Bayview Mackinac Race which starts on 24 July 2021. This decision is in conjunction with Chicago Yacht Club who is making the same change for its 112th Race to Mackinac, which starts on 16th and 17th July 2021.

Every summer the races to Mackinac are the focal point events in the Great Lakes sailing scene, with typical combined entry counts that can annually exceed over 500 yachts. They start, respectively, in Port Huron, Michigan and Chicago, and both finish at Mackinac Island in Michigan, where the post-race celebrations are extremely popular with participants and their families.

"The adoption of the ORC Rating System will offer competitors a handicap rule with full transparency that is more widely used in premier regattas like the Bayview Mackinac Race throughout North America and Worldwide. The expectation is that competitors will have a better user experience, access to more resources and a race with a rating rule that is transparent and easy to understand at the same, or in many cases lower, costs." said C.J. Ruffing, 2021 Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman.

"As an organizing authority, we always strive to have boats compete using a rating rule that is predictable, sustainable, transparent, and flexible resulting in accurate ratings to support fair racing," said Martin Sandoval, Commodore of Chicago YC. "We will be working with the ORC technical staff along with the US Sailing Offshore office to facilitate this transition."

The ORC Rating System uses science and technology to develop a boat's handicap to allow fair racing between dissimilar boats. By entering specific measurements into computer software ORC measures how a racing crew can reach their boat's theoretical performance potential in various wind conditions. This Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) allows the race organizers to correct the elapsed time of competing boats to score them on the same level.

"We believe that ORC has become the dominant player and can bring significant technical resources to the race and its competitors. Many of us that race outside the Great Lakes have already raced using the ORC Rule and have experienced the value ORC brings. From the competitor's standpoint there will be little change other than a potential reduction in cost," said Chris Clark, last year's Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman.

"US Sailing is well positioned to support the sailors and organizers in the transition of rating rules with the use of the Universal Certificate System (UCS). The UCS allows the existing measurement data to be transmitted to the ORC rating rule in the already familiar portal for owners. US Sailing is pleased to work with both the Bayview and Chicago Mackinac fleets as they navigate the adoption of the ORC rule for their races and look forward to successful events in 2021 and beyond," said Nathan Titcomb, Offshore Director for US Sailing.

"We are very pleased to work closely with both Chicago and Bayview Yacht Clubs for these important and prestigious races on the offshore racing calendar. Our staff, alongside US Sailing, is ready to support the race organizers and competitors in every way possible so they may enjoy competitive and fair racing," said Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC.

The Bayview Yacht Club, Mackinac Race Authority and Chicago Yacht Club are all committed to ensuring that all sailors interested in competing have ample opportunities to learn about the new rating rule, with more information to be posted on the Bayview Mackinac Race website, www.bycmack.com and the Chicago Mackinac Race website, at cycracetomackinac.com.

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

Related Articles

2021 ORC Europeans program confirmed
Scheduled between Naples and Capri this May The program will start with Measurement checks set to begin in just one month before the 66th Regata dei Tre Golfi sets off from the bay of Santa Lucia in Naples at the stroke of midnight, against backdrop of sparkling lights of enchanting Italian city. Posted on 14 Apr
Charleston Race Week overall
All three days deliver solid conditions While major regattas around the world are still getting canceled because of coronavirus, Charleston Race Week elected to press forward with its 25th anniversary celebration. Posted on 12 Apr
Charleston Race Week day 2
Moving day shakes up standings in some classes It was moving day at Charleston Race Week and many teams took that mandate to heart. There was a shakeup of the standings within several classes as certain boats many opening day leaders were overtaken. Posted on 11 Apr
Charleston Race Week day 1
Off to rousing start with multiple races completed Charleston Race Week 2021 got off to a rousing start on Thursday with organizers completing multiple races for all classes in moderate to medium conditions. Posted on 10 Apr
Block Island Race Week update
150 teams have signed up with just under 100 days until the event With just under 100 days left until Race Week, 150 teams have already joined Block Island Race Week presented by Margaritaville (seventy are J/Boats = 47%)! Posted on 21 Mar
Record entry for Annapolis to Newport Race
The 2021 edition has crossed the 70 boat mark with 72 registrants Although we may see changes to the scratch sheet as the event approaches, the list of diverse home ports includes the UK and Germany, Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, NY, Pennsylvania, and a large number of boats from the Delmarva peninsula and New England. Posted on 10 Mar
Shipping options expanded for Cape2Rio Race 2023
Plan your winter sun of 2022 to coincide with the event Peters & May, preferred logistics supplier to the Cape 2 Rio Yacht Race 2023 recently expanded the shipping options for yachts wishing to arrive in Cape Town for the 2 January 2023 start. Posted on 9 Mar
Over 100 registered entries for 2021 ORC Worlds
A change to the Notice of Race will allow even more participation at this popular event Organizers from the Kalev Yacht Club and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) have announced a change to the Notice of Race that will broaden participation in the 2021 ORC World Championship being held over 6-14 August 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia. Posted on 4 Mar
North Sea Regatta to host the C-19 Windmill Race
RORC North Sea Race and Vuurschepen Race both cancelled due to travel restrictions in the UK The NSR C-19 Race will cover a figure eight course providing exciting and challenging racing around existing marks such as buoys, wind farms and platforms on the North Sea, starting and finishing in Scheveningen. Posted on 3 Mar
Aegean 600: A new offshore sailing race
Sporting challenge will meet the legendary beauty of the Aegean islands From July 4-10, 2021, the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) in Greece will organize a new 600 nautical mile offshore yacht race. Posted on 25 Feb
Sea Sure 2021 - RED - FOOTERVaikobi 2021 - FOOTERHighfield Boats - SW - FOOTER