Offshore Racing Rule

In the fall of 2004, three major US yacht clubs, the Chicago Yacht Club, Cruising Club of America and Transpacific Yacht Club, joined forces in an alliance called the Offshore Racing Association (ORA). ORA was formed to promote and support the use of VPP-based handicapping and has undertaken the task of developing a new measurement-based rating rule that provides the fairest handicapping possible. Working in collaboration with US SAILING, ORA has undertake promotional and developmental tasks providing an increased level of manpower not previously directed toward the AMERICAP II™ rule while US SAILING has retained the function of certificate issuance. This new rule which is the next evolution of the AMERICAP II™ rule has been given the name Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) and started to be used in the 2006 racing season. The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) administers the ORR.

The ORR predicts relative time allowances between boats to permit boats of different sizes, types and ages to compete with the fairest ratings possible.

The ORR is an objective rule. Its ratings are based on full measurement of all the speed-related features of sailboats and on a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) that calculates the speed potential of each boat at any combination of wind speed and course direction. The VPP is a set of algorithms developed through systematic research that use fundamental scientific methods.

ORR is intended to be a non-type forming measurement rule that fairly rates properly designed and prepared yachts which are equipped for offshore racing. It must be clearly understood by all who use ORR that it is not a development rule and therefore is not intended for sailors who are looking to “beat” the rule. In order to discourage attempts to design yachts “to the rule”, the algorithms of the VPP are non-public. ORR will be updated on a regular basis to stay ahead of design developments.

Latest News

Winners of the 2014 ORR East Coast Series Championship

We would like to congratulate the top three finishers of the ORR East Coast Series Championship! 

1st – SWIFT – US Naval Academy Sailing Squadron – Navy 44

2nd – VALKYRIE –– Drew Chapman - Beneteau 447 FR

3rd – VAMP – Leonard Sitar – J442

The 2014 ORR East Coast Series Championship was based on the results of a minimum of 2 of the following races:  Block Island Race Offshore, 160th Annual Regatta Inshore New York Yacht Club, Newport Bermuda Race Offshore, Anniversary Regatta Inshore Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and Vineyard Race Offshore.  Each yacht must have competed in a least one distance race (Block Island Race, Newport Bermuda Race or Vineyard Race) in order to qualify.

2014 ORR West Coast Northern Series Championship – Top Finishers

The Offshore Racing Rule would like to announce the top three finishers in the 2014 ORR West Coast Northern Series Championship.  Congrats to everyone! 

1.Invisible Hand owned by Frank Slootman
2.Reinrag2 owned by Tom Garnier
3.Delicate Balance owned by Doug Storkovich

Boats must have raced in a minimum of 2 of the following races, including one distance race to qualify:  Spinnaker Cup, Pacific Cup and Big Boat Series.