Offshore Racing Association Announces Winners of 2015 ORR West Coast Southern Championship
Pyewacket owned by Roy P. Disney takes top honor in Offshore Racing Rule West Coast Series for third year in a row.
November 24, 2015 NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) announced the winners of the 2015 Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) West Coast Championship Series – Southern Division. Taking first place was Pyewacket owned by Roy P. Disney, an Andrews 70. This year’s winning boats raced in conditions from light to heavy winds as well as both close-course and ocean racing events. Over 25 boats qualified for scoring in the Southern Division of the 2015 West Coast Championship Series.
• First Place: Pyewacket - USA 678 - owned by Roy P. Disney
• Second Place: Grand Illusion - USA 97 - owned by Edward McDowell
• Third Place: Bolt - USA 28385 - owned by Craig Reynolds
The top three finishers of the 2015 Series are a combination of past winners and a first-time top three finisher. This is the third time for Grand Illusion being in the top three and the third time for Pyewacket winning firsts in 2013 and 2014. “I have always really enjoyed racing under the ORR because it is, without doubt, the fairest measurement rule out there,” stated Disney after hearing of his 1st place finish.
The West Coast Championship Series began in 2013. The 2015 Southern Series included: Island Race, Corum Cup, NHYC Cabo Race, Newport to Ensenada Race, Transpac Race and the Long Point Race Week. Races that are included in the Championship Series are not required to run under ORR by race as boats are re-scored as long as they hold a valid ORR certificate. This allows for a much more inclusive format for cruiser-racers to participate in a fair format. Winners will receive custom brag flags and engraved award plates.
Wayne Koide’s Encore Wins Offshore Racing Rule West Coast Championship Series – Northern Division
The Offshore Racing Association announces the top three finishers of the 2015 ORR West Coast Racing Series.
November 3, 2015 NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) along with the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) announced the winners of the 2015 ORR West Coast Championship Series – Northern Division. In first place was Wayne Koide’s Encore, a Sydney 36. Coming in second was Scorpio owned by James Mullarney and rounding out the top three, was Swiftsure owned by Sy Kleinman. Over 40 boats qualified for scoring in this year’s series and the winning boats were the fastest boats in a variety of conditions and races.
- First Place: Encore - USA 3632 - owned by Wayne Koide
- Second Place: Scorpio - USA 28900 - owned by James Mullarney
- Third Place: Swiftsure - USA 16 - owned by Sy Kleinman
The top three finishers of the Northern Series are all first-time ORR Championship Series winners. Wayne Koide, owner of the top boat in the Northern Series, stated, “ORR is a measurement rule which seems more objective (and)…has been an overall positive for handicap racing.” “The difference in corrected time (under ORR) in one race was as little as one second with our closest competitor,” Koide continues, “One second made the difference between us leading by two points or only being ahead on the tie-breaker. If boats are racing this closely, the Offshore Rating Rule must work. Because of how close these races are, you really feel like you are earning your keep when you actually manage to win a race under the ORR rule.”
The Offshore Racing Rule West Coast Championship Series began in 2013. The 2015 Northern Series included: the Swiftsure Regatta, the Aldo Alessio Regatta, and the Rolex Big Boat Series. Races that are included in the Championship Series are not required to run under ORR by race organizers as boats are re-scored as long as they hold a valid ORR certificate. The Offshore Racing Rule welcomes all types of boat owners and cruiser-racers.