Please select your home edition
Edition
Musto 2017 728x90 Superhuman
Product Feature
Zhik Seaboots
Zhik Seaboots
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

ORC Sportboat European Championship at Lake Balaton - Overall

by ORC Media 24 May 2015 21:20 BST 21-24 May 2015

Bluesmile wins in Hungary

Outcome in doubt until last leg of last race

Despite uncertain conditions where several boats took their turns in the lead of the final race, the Dutch team of Herman van Eijk and Jan-Willem Van den Hondel prevailed in the fourth and final race sailed today to win the ORC Sportboat European Championship, hosted by Balatonfured Yacht Club. Being ISAF Group 1 sailors, the pair racing their Smile 22 Bluesmile have also won the top prize for the Corinthian division.

"This was a difficult regatta, and today it was really hard, but in the end it worked out well, said van Eijk. "It was always important to read the wind conditions." Bluesmile may have also benefited from being pushed by their sistership rivals on Grijze Plaag, another Smile 22 owned by Martin Baas. Except for Baas breaking a rudder in Race 2, the two boats were 1-2 throughout the entire series.

Today's partly sunny skies were a welcome break from three days of rain, and a light and shifty 6-9 knot northerly breeze prompted race managers to set an alternate inshore course of 9 miles duration. This course consisted of a short windward leg of the shore at Balatonaracs, a long reach to a mark placed off the shore at Alsoors, another reach back to Balatonaracs, a long downwind leg to Tihany, then a beat back to the finish at Balatonaracs.

A big shift to the left after the start favored boats at the pin and who could get on to port tack and find a lane of clear air on the long port tack towards the top mark. Sukru Sanus and his OD Yachting team from Turkey sailing their Farr 25 OD played the shifts well, being first around, followed closely by Vasily Alexeev and his Russian team sailing their O-800 Kvartet.

The long reach became a contest between who had the right sails for close reaching, and shifting between headsails, spinnakers and code0's. Mikael Vesala's Swedish Cheetah 30 had a code0 they used with great effect, allowing them to take the lead rounding the second mark. But by hooking the mark and having to do a penalty turn, the Swedes ceded the lead back to the Russians, followed closely by the Turks.

The next 2.5-mile leg downwind to Tihany showed the strength of knowing the local conditions on the lake: by staying on starboard gybe and coming closer to shore at the peninsula, the local-based Hungarian boats rode a lane of pressure the leaders missed in the middle of the course, thereby vaulting them into the lead around the bottom mark. Laszlo Fazekis's Flaar 26 Kolibri was first to round, followed by Mikropakk's Code8 Innov8. The series leader Bluesmile was at this stage deep in the pack.

But the final upwind leg to the finish proved tricky as well, and by hugging the same Tihany side of the course and getting a bit lucky with some building breeze, the two Dutch Smile 22's were able to vault back up into contention, as did the Janus Bernula's Nautic 220 Hornet Yello. The Turks came in hard from the left to cross the line first and preserve just enough corrected time to win the overall Silver medal by one point over another small boat - the Polish Cors T2 Neoprofil sailed by Piotr Adamowicz - who did well by finishing 5th in the race and assure their own overall Bronze medal position on the podium.

Already interest in future ORC Sportboat Championships is strong: representatives from Portodimare, Italy were attending this event as observers in anticipation to create their own bid to host the 2016 championship. Pending approval from ORC, they invited all to Chiaggio to race next year.

Overall Results: (top ten)

1. Bluesmile (NED)* Smile 22 1 - 1 - 2 - 1, 5pts
2. Onedesign Ruffles (TUR) Farr 25OD 5 - 2 - 5 - 7, 19pts
3. Neoprofil (POL)* Cors T2 9 - 3 - 3 - 5, 20pts
4. Orion (HUN) T-Jolle 3 - 9 - 8 - 4, 24pts
5. Kvartet (RUS)* O-800 4 - 4 - 4 - 12, 24pts
6. Grijze Plaag (NED) Smile 22 2 - 28 - 1 - 2, 33pts
7. Serafina (SUI) Saphire 27 6 - 5 - 7 - 15, 33pts
8. Nomad (HUN)* Elliott 770 7 - 7 - 9 - 14, 37pts
9. Yello (HUN)* Nautic 220 11-11-13 - 3, 38pts
10. Aster (HUN)* Elliott 770 10-12-10-11, 43pts

* Corinthian division

Of interest to both spectators and competitors has been use of the raceQs online tracking system, where boats with smart phones can provide either live through a network connection or later through upload the tracking data for their boats during the day's racing. This is then displayed on a web page dedicated to the event (www.raceQs.com/regattas/45250).

For more information about teams, format and racing details at the 2015 ORC Sportboat European Championship, visit the event website at orcsportboateuropeans2015.byc.hu.

Related Articles

2019 ORC European Sportboat Championship overall
29 teams from eight nations race in six inshore races and one coastal race The 2019 ORC Sportboat Championship ended in victory for Sergio Caramel's Melges 24 Arkanoe' by Montura in Division A and Ugo Guanieri's Delta 84 Chardonnay in Division B. Posted on 2 Sep
50 years of ORC
ORC through its national rating offices is the largest measurement-based rating system in the world In 1965 there were rumors the 1968 Olympic Games might include an offshore racing class and in 1966 the International Yacht Racing Union asked the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Cruising Club of America to try to frame one international rule. Posted on 30 Aug
ORC Sportboats ready to race in Portoroz
At the ORC Sportboat European Championship 2019 The ORC Sportboat fleet has gathered in Portoroz and is ready to race starting tomorrow Tuesday 27 August having passed their measurement checks and registration and inspection formalities. Posted on 26 Aug
2019 SSAB ORC European Championship overall
New champions crowned in the three classes The final day's two final races sailed in 12-17 knot conditions at the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019 have produced three new teams crowned as champions in Classes A, B and C. Posted on 18 Aug
2019 SSAB ORC European Championship day 4
The fur flies with one day left Perfect conditions for close racing continued Friday in the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019, with a 10-14 knot southerly breeze on the Baltic prompting an increase in aggression as the fleet heads into its final day of racing on Saturday. Posted on 17 Aug
2019 SSAB ORC European Championship day 3
No change in class leaders, but two inshore races held today After a long day yesterday for Classes B and C and one that drifted into the night for some teams in Class A, the offshore race results are in with some new names at the top of the race results but the leaders in each class remain unchanged. Posted on 16 Aug
2019 SSAB ORC European Championship day 2
Perfect breeze and sunny skies produces a fast and close race Class A is racing 79.0 miles, Class B 68.2 miles and Class C 60.6 miles, and after a start at 10:00 this morning they are expected to start crossing the finish line in the harbor of Oxelosund starting at sundown. Posted on 15 Aug
Windy start to SSAB ORC European Championship 2019
Clear windy conditions on the Baltic Sea produced extremely close racing Two inshore races completed in 18-22 knots, with twilight promotional race held for harbor spectators Posted on 14 Aug
SSAB ORC European Championship 2019 practice day
Near-perfect conditions on the race course A mix of sun and clouds today and a highly variable southwesterly breeze greeted both race managers and competitors on the practice day prior to tomorrow's start of the SSAB ORC European Championship 2019. Posted on 13 Aug
JPK's occupy Fastnet podiums
the fantastic French JPK's dominated the 2019 Fastnet Proving million dollar budgets are not necessary to make the Podium the fantastic French JPK's dominated the 2019 Fastnet with an amazing array of results across four Divisions: Posted on 9 Aug