Please select your home edition
Allen Brothers

2021 ORC European Championship at Capri - Race Day 1

by Rolex Capri Sailing Week 18 May 2021 22:23 PDT 13-20 May 2021
ORC European Championship 2021 at Capri day 1 © ROLEX / Studio Borlenghi

The first day of mark racing got under way today in the ORC European Championship 2021 with a fleet of 62 yachts from 12 different nations taking to the waters off Capri to do battle for the title.

Things got off to a challenging start for the Race Committee, who had to endure a long wait for the weather conditions to stabilise. Finally, at 2pm, the starting signal was sounded for the first group with a breeze of around 6 to 8 knots from 235 degrees. First off the line in the starting sequence were the smallest craft, in Group C, who raced on a triangular 5-mile course (upwind-beam reach-downwind), followed by groups A and B, racing on two different windward-leeward courses of approximately 7 miles, positioned in the Bocche di Capri. The first race was then shortened at the end of the second upwind leg due to very light air. At 4:15 p.m. the Race Committee, led by Alfredo Ricci, took advantage of the breeze of 5 to 7 knots, holding steady from 240 degrees, to kick off the second race of the day for all three classes, but the race then had to be cancelled during the first leg.

The win in Race 1 among the bigger boats in Class A went to the Latini 52 Solano, owned by France's Pascal Feryn, in Class B the Swan 42 Fantaghirò owned by Carlandrea Simonelli took the top spot, while in Class C the First 35 Squalo Bianco, owned by Concetto Costa, was victorious.

At 5:11 pm as some more stable air of 6 to 8 knots filled in, it was time to start Race 2 again.

All three groupings were able to complete the course this time around with victory, at the end of a long day at sea, going to Marco Serafini's TP52 Xio in Class A, Carlandrea Simonelli's Swan 42 Fantaghirò in Class B and Vincenzo De Blasio's Italia Yachts 11.98 Scugnizza in Class C.

At the end of today's racing the overall classification for each of the classes is beginning to take shape, with three races in the bag and the championship formally valid given that the Notice of Race requires a minimum of 3 races to be completed, including the offshore competition. Racing in the ORC European Championship continues tomorrow with the starting procedures scheduled to begin at 11:55 a.m.

Full results can be found here.

All information on the race, official announcements and results are available on the official website,

Related Articles

Glorious weekend at Rolex Big Boat Series
J/Teams excel across the board - One-design & ORC Handicap Divisions From a challenging ebb coupled with strong gusts in the low 20s on the first day to diminishing breezes each subsequent race day, the 59th edition of the West Coast's premier racing event challenged even the most seasoned competitors. Posted on 24 Sep
Rolex Big Boat Series at San Francisco overall
Competition was as fierce as ever for the 59th edition Variable sailing conditions hounded this year's 79-strong Rolex Big Boat Series fleet, but the competition was as fierce as ever for the 59th edition of the West Coast's premier racing event. Posted on 18 Sep
2023 Rolex Big Boat Series at San Francisco Day 3
It all comes down to tomorrow, with several tight contests still to unfold "Champagne sailing" is not the norm on San Francisco Bay. It is highly unusual to have a run of light weather in September, or to even have a run of days with the same weather. Posted on 17 Sep
2023 Rolex Big Boat Series at San Francisco Day 2
A showcase of sailing excellence Skippers kept their feet on the accelerator during Day 2 of Rolex Big Boat Series, driving another intense day of great racing on San Francisco Bay. Posted on 16 Sep
2023 ORC Double Handed Worlds overall
Three new world champions declared After one Long offshore race held on Monday and a shorter Coastal race that started yesterday, followed by measurement checks completed today, there are three new ORC Double Handed World Champions declared at the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona (RCNB). Posted on 16 Sep
Final stretch before an exceptional edition
25th Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez offers a cocktail of novelties and traditions More than 250 boats in three fleets - Maxis, Moderns and Classics - will put on a show on the water, while the Voiles village lays its moorings for the first time on the Jean Réveille seawall. Posted on 15 Sep
2023 Rolex Big Boat Series at San Francisco Day 1
Spectacular from start to finish The 2023 Rolex Big Boat Series kicked off today, and Day 1 was equally spectacular from start to finish. Posted on 15 Sep
2023 ORC Double Handed Worlds Day 2
All boats participating completed their first race All boats participating in the ORC Double-Handed World Championship completed their first race, 183 miles for Classes A and B, and 163 miles for Class C, which took them northeast to the Medes Islands and the ODAS Begur buoy and then back to Barcelona. Posted on 13 Sep
2023 ORC Double Handed Worlds Day 1
Light air start to long distance race in Barcelona After a 40-minute delay awaiting a sailable easterly breeze, today race managers from Real Club Nautico Barcelona (RCNB) got all three classes off on their Long distance race at the 2023 ORC Double Handed World Championship. Posted on 11 Sep
2023 ORC Double Handed Worlds starts tomorrow
The racing will start just offshore of the entrance to Port Vell in Barcelona Starting at 1100 CET tomorrow three waves of Double Handed teams will begin racing in the Long offshore race held at the 2023 ORC Double Handed World Championship, hosted by the Real Club Nautico Barcelona (RCNB). Posted on 10 Sep
Vaikobi 2023 Gloves - FOOTERVisit Pensacola 2023 FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - Built for Adventure 728x90 BOTTOM