Please select your home edition
Edition
Sailing Holidays 2019 - TOP
Product Feature
Hyde Sails Touring Gennaker
Hyde Sails Touring Gennaker

Early entries presage strong fleet for 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship

by ORC Media 24 Nov 2019 14:56 GMT 25 September - 3 October, 2020
Close competitive racing awaits those who attend next year's 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship in Newport © Sander van der Borch

Thousands of miles and 10 months of lead time are proving no deterrent for teams intent on ensuring their spot in one of the most anticipated sailing championships of 2020.

In the few short weeks since entries opened, nearly 30 entries have registered for the 2020 ORC/IRC World Championships, exceeding organizers' expectations and laying a strong foundation for the regatta's triumphant return to the United States after a two-decade absence.

Among the teams making an early commitment to travel to the regatta is the J/122 Teamwork crew, led by Robin Team from North Carolina, USA. "We are very excited to have the opportunity to sail in the ORC/IRC World Championships at the New York Yacht Club," said Team. "It is a chance to race against the very best competition in a world-class venue run by the NYYC. They always run a great regatta, both on the water and shoreside."

The 2020 ORC/IRC World Championship will bring top sailing teams from around the globe to battle on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay for one of three coveted world titles. The regatta will be scored using a combination of the two most popular rating rules in the sport, ORC and IRC, and racing will be a mix of around-the-buoys racing and longer, offshore courses. The competition will be held at the New York Yacht Club Harbour Court from September 25 to October 3, 2020.

While the Teamwork crew will put in a fair number of miles to get its J/122 to Newport, there are many other crews that are committing to an even longer journey. Among the 28 entries to date are two each from Italy and Great Britain and one each from Germany, France and Canada. This geographic spread is not only important to the event organizers, it is required: ORC championship rules state that the number of competitors plus countries must be at a minimum of 14 for each class to confer a World title to the winner.

With an impressive surge of 12 entries from four countries, Class A has met this requirement already, helped in part by Tilmar Hansen's TP52 Outsider from Kieler YC in Germany. This boat was brand new to Hansen at the last combined ORC/IRC Worlds in The Hague in 2018, where he finished as runner-up to Karl Kwok's Gold medal-winning TP52 Beau Geste from Hong Kong.

"We are very much looking forward to coming to Newport next summer," said Hansen. "The town is wonderful, the racing is always good, all the infrastructure is there, and we enjoy the great hospitality of the New York YC. Our plan is to race the RORC's Caribbean 600 in Antigua in February, then ship the boat to race in Newport all summer in preparation for the Worlds." Being near the top of this class in rated speed, Outsider will have some strong competition in a brand-new Fox, Victor Wild's Botin 52 being built now, and Vesper, David Team's (no relation to Robin) competitive TP52 from southern California.

Another interesting development is the three IC37's that have entered into Class B. This boat, created for one-design racing by the New York Yacht Club, has recently had some success under IRC, including an overall win in the Hamble Winter Series on the Solent. Another full season of one-design racing and, perhaps, some optimization for handicap competition could well make one or more of these IC37s a formidable competitor next fall. So far ten teams have entered Class B.

And Class C is also shaping up well with six teams from three countries, including Kevin Brown's Farr 30 Notorious from Toronto and the Royal Canadian YC. His plan has been to do some IRC and ORC racing in Florida in the SORC offshore series this winter, and says his boat "is in top form, getting ready for the Worlds now."

In preparation for the Worlds the IC37's will hone their skills during a full schedule of one-design competition over the next several months, and for the others there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy sailing in Newport and prepare for the big show. The 166th Annual Regatta - North America's oldest annual sailing competition - and the 12th edition of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex will provide a useful preview in both racing formats and use of the same scoring system that has been recently confirmed for the world championship.

Outside, Teamwork and Notorious all plan to enter one or more of these pre-Worlds events.

"It's really encouraging to see early entries from outside New England and across the Atlantic Ocean," said event chair Patricia Young, who will be racing her Tripp 41 Entropy in Class B. "The previous ORC/IRC World Championship, in The Hague in 2018, set a high bar in terms of entries and while we're not sure we can reach that level - Europe remains the epicenter for both of these rating rules - we are that much more confident we'll have a very strong and diverse fleet of yachts for the regatta."

ORC-IRC Scoring System confirmed

While this big boat handicap championship has been a staple of World Sailing's regatta slate for many years, the concept of scoring it with two rules is quite new, having only been done once previously, in 2018 in The Hague. The scoring formula is a little more complex, but the end result is a competition that does a more consistent job of rewarding the best-prepared and most-talented teams regardless of the wind conditions.

"The system we agreed to we think will minimize differences in the two rule systems," says ORC Chief Measurer Zoran Grubisa, who with Jason Smithwick from IRC is co-chairing the event's Technical Committee. "We have tested this and believe this will be an improvement on what we did in The Hague in 2018."

The basic mechanics of the scoring scheme are fairly straightforward. ORC Results will be calculated using the Coastal / Long Distance Time on Time scoring model, while inshore races will be scored using Performance Curve Scoring (PCS) with a Constructed course. IRC Results will be calculated as Time on Time using IRC TCC. Corrected times calculated for ORC and IRC will be shown as deltas to the winning boat where the winning boat in each rating system will have a corrected time of "00:00:00" and all others will have corrected time calculated as the difference in time to the winner.

Finally, a single corrected time to determine the finishing place is calculated as the average of the boat's corrected times in ORC and IRC.

Amendment 1 to the NOR can be found here [PDF].

To learn more about ORC scoring visit orc.org/scoring, and to learn more about IRC scoring, visit ircrating.org/irc-racing/race-management.

More on ORC rating systems, ORC certificates and events can be found at 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