Please select your home edition

ORA Ratings to score Doublehanded Race in San Diego

by Offshore Racing Rule 20 Feb 13:35 PST
2020 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis - Day 1 © Will Keyworth

The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta, an early-spring weekend fixture on the San Diego Yacht Club calendar, will use VPP-based ratings from the Offshore Racing Association for a new Saturday-only mid-distance race.

With publication of its notice of race for the North Sails Doublehanded Distance Race at the NOOD on March 20th, the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta officially added a new event within the larger event for monohull boats 24 to 48 feet long racing with a crew of two. To score the fleet of diverse boats, the organizers chose the Offshore Racing Association to provide its ORA-1 ratings, which are based on its proprietary velocity prediction program (VPP).

The ORA is the right partner to supply ratings, according to San Diego Yacht Club race manager Jeff Johnson, because of its fairer ratings and its established connection with racing boats in the region. Single-number ratings don't handicap as fairly as VPP ratings, which can be applied based on observed wind direction and course configuration, says Johnson. In addition, many boats in the area already have certificates based on the ORA's well-regarded ORR and ORR-Ez ratings—many of San Diego YC's races use ORR ratings including the Islands Race, California Offshore Race Week and the Puerto Vallarta Race.

San Diego YC will use simplified "ORA-1" ratings in this race, which the ORA will provide at no charge for boats with ORR or ORR-Ez ratings. A third pool of local boats may also choose to race, ranging in style from comfortable cruising boats whose owners are interested in a short-handed challenge, to one-designs such as Hobie 33 or J/120 whose owners can't find a large enough number to have their own class start at the NOOD. Boats such as these can apply for and receive a certificate for a modest fee, which will vary depending on the availability of the design's offset files. (For more on ORA-1 ratings, contact Jay Tyson at ORA.)

Johnson plans to de-emphasize the traditional windward-leeward format and include additional reaching and running legs, setting a course length of 10 to 30 miles depending on wind conditions. ORA certificates allow him to use ratings that match his chosen course configuration as well as the average wind strength of the day.

Because there aren't many permanent marks on San Diego Bay, Johnson may introduce the use of virtual marks—GPS waypoints—and provide boats with YB Trackers that will add interest to post-race analysis and prove each boat rounded all marks.

According to NOOD Regatta event director, Jennifer Davies, the new doublehanded short-distance race will be offered at all five 2021 NOOD events organized by Sailing World magazine—San Diego, St. Petersburg, Annapolis, Chicago, and Marblehead.

The doublehanded format had already been given a boost by its selection as a new event in the 2024 Olympics and NOOD Regatta sponsor North Sails has been promoting doublehanded racing for more than a year. In 2020, the format gained more momentum because it's so COVID friendly. (See event registration.)

Related Articles

A year of teamwork, growth, and better data
In 2021, the Offshore Racing Association aims to keep putting more boats on the line The Offshore Racing Association has used the self-isolating year of the Covid-19 pandemic to enhance its software to be able to efficiently review and correct accumulated errors, large and small, in the sailboat-measurement database. Posted on 18 Dec 2020
ORA to provide multiple ratings to GYA-PHRF fleets
GYA race organizers will utilize ratings built on ORA velocity prediction programming Beginning in January, 2021, the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) will issue handicap ratings for the nearly 500 boats in the Gulf Yachting Association's PHRF fleet, which is spread from western Florida to New Orleans. Posted on 9 Oct 2020
900th boat receives ORR-Ez certificate
The milestone certificate was generated with the ORR's proprietary build-a-boat tool The milestone certificate was generated with the ORR's proprietary build-a-boat tool, providing a VPP-based rating for the Morris M36 Helene, owned by Peter Ellis of Chicago. Posted on 26 Aug 2020
Handicapping the Bayview Mackinac Race
Standardized data, more competitive racing The Bayview Mackinac Race is an institution in the region, ranking as a pilgrimage for racing sailors, many of whom are proud members of the Old Goats Society, a distinction reserved for sailors who have completed the race 25 times or more. Posted on 21 May 2020
"A Year of ORR Racing - America's Choice"
Take a pictorial and video journey through a season of events Take a pictorial and video journey through a season of events with the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) and Jim Teeters, Technical Director. Posted on 20 Apr 2020
Joint data-quality initiative will improve rating
ORA and US Sailing launched a new initiative to significantly improve data collection ORA, owner of the ORR rating rule, and US Sailing have launched a new initiative to significantly improve data collection, input processes and quality control measures of boat measurement data in US Sailing's sailboat-measurement database. Posted on 16 Nov 2019
Not a Genoa. Not a Spinnaker. It's a Tweener!
ORR introduced ratings for boats carrying Large Roach Headsails In 2018, when the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) introduced ratings for boats carrying Large Roach Headsails (LRH), some sailors thought the sails were unnecessary. A year later, consensus is building among sailors that the ORR made a good move. Posted on 11 Aug 2019
ORR-Ez continues growth in Spring 2019
The choice for hundreds of boats in top-end 2019 races Rating rules based on a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) aren't for everyone, but more and more boats are being rated for scoring in 2019 under ORR rules, owned and managed by the Offshore Racing Association. Posted on 9 Jun 2019
The ORA H-Zero Handicap Analysis
Collaborative research by ORA with organizers of Bermuda races Collaborative research by the Offshore Racing Association with organizers of Bermuda races from Marion and Newport will use computer-modeled wind records known as H0 (Zero) GRIB files to enhance handicapping methodologies for future Bermuda Posted on 25 Apr 2019
2018 Handicap Rating Rules Report
Ratings based on velocity prediction programs Ratings based on velocity prediction programs are gaining advocates across North America. Here are the numbers. Posted on 23 Apr 2019
C-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 728x90 BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS728-X-90 BottomCyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - FOOTER