Some good changes on ORCI: Due to the high number of boats on the next ORCI world championship, that will take place in Finland (they have already 128 entries and more are coming) they will Split the faster boats, or what was till here the faster boats (class A).
Now only really fast boats will be able to contend for the main title, preventing that some older and slower boat with a good rating could win the series.
Competitors with a 2012 ORC GPH (General Purpose Handicap) rating of 614.9 sec/mile or less will race for the Class A World Championship title, and those with a 2012 GPH of greater than or equal to 615.0 sec/mi will race for the Class B World Championship title. At the current entry level of 128, this puts over 40 boats in Class A and over 80 boats in Class B - figures are not exact yet, as some teams listed their 2011 GPH figures in their entries.
This is going to permit the much desired change in the rules regarding handicap not penalizing excessively the faster boats, promoting lighter boats and more stiff boats, boats with bigger righting moment.
This is a push in the right direction, allowing the better and faster sailing boats to win the races and put the designers and boat builders doing better and faster sailing boats, not just boats for a rating.
I think that the true objective is this one: For winning a top race you should need a top boat and a top team, not just an average boat with a good rating and a good team.
Plenty of other ORC races to compete with older and less performant boats, at least for the top prize. ORCI should be really for the best at least if they want any credibility as a world title.
It seems to me these guys are going in the good direction
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Yachting world has tested the Sense 55, the Oceanis 41, 45 qnd 48.
What they say in this movie confirms what French testers for French magazines had said, the Oceanis, particulatly the Finot/conq designed boats, sail better but the Vista 55 sails pretty well, without much heeling.
After reading the full test on the magazine I will post more about it, if they say more
Solo non stop circumnavigation on a 40ft mass production boat:
Tomasz Cichocky has finished without problems in 312 days its solo non-stop circumnavigation on a 40ft Delphia...and Jesus... not a word in English (except on the Delphia site) about that, not an English video on you tube...OK, I know the guy is Polish as the boat, but that is a pretty unusual feet taking in consideration that the “Captain” is an old salt, more than 50 year’s old.
Well, it is done, sailnet is the first to report that in English. I wish to send congratulations to the Captain. Really that is a big seamanship feat, not only in what regards seaworthiness but also in what regards boat autonomy. It had been done before but very few have managed to do that on a mass production 40ft boat.
One thing makes me wonder: Why Abu Dhabi has not yet won a leg and has bad results on Ocean sailing? Groupama obviously has a problem sailing with weak winds and is the better boat with strong winds, but Abu Dhabi seems to sail well with strong and weak winds and as already won several in port races, so why are they not competitive offshore?
WE HAVE A RACE!!! with Telefónica losing big time to Groupama and Camper and Puma winning over Telefónica and staying very close.
This race looks like it is going to be exciting till the finish