By: John Burnham - July 26, 2019
In 2018, when the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) introduced ratings for boats carrying Large Roach Headsails (LRH), some sailors thought the sails were unnecessary. A year later, consensus is building among sailors that the ORR made a good move. Read more..
By: John Horton - June 4, 2019
Driven by a desire for apolitical rules that account for wind-speed and course configuration, the U.S.-based ORR family of rules is continuing to be adopted by more sailors this year. Newport, R.I.—Rating rules based on a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) aren’t for everyone, but more and more boats are being rated for scoring in 2019 under ORR rules, owned and managed by the Offshore Racing Association. Read more..
By: Dan Nowlan - May 22, 2019
The 2019 ORR Rulebook is available and includes technical changes, plus restrictions on the setting and sheeting of headsails to leeward. By Dan Nowlan, ORA Rulebooks Manager While most of the rule changes in the 2019 Offshore Racing Rule (“ORR Rule Book”) are technical clarifications and improvements (and are described at the end of this article), ORR recently has received queries asking if it is legal under the 2019 ORR to use a whisker pole, reaching strut or other spar with a headsail to leeward (see photo). Read more..
By: Tim Ford - April 22, 2019
This is the fourth in a series of studies in which selected races and series are "dual-scored" with the ORR-Ez rating rule. We’ll review the data and make evaluations based on results, conditions and course configurations. Read more..
By: Tim Ford - April 11, 2019
This is the third in a series of studies in which selected races and series are "dual-scored" with the ORR-Ez rating rule. We’ll review the data and make evaluations based on results, conditions and course configurations. Read more..
By: John Horton - April 9, 2019
Ratings based on velocity prediction programs are gaining advocates across North America. Here are the numbers. Read more..
By: Tim Ford - March 25, 2019
This is the second in a series of studies in which selected races are "dual-scored" with the ORR-Ez rating rule. We’ll review the data and make evaluations based on results, conditions and course configurations. Read more..
By: Jay Tyson - March 18, 2019
This is the first in a series of quick studies in which selected races are "dual-scored" with the ORR-Ez rating rule. We’ll review the data and make objective evaluations based on results, conditions and course configurations. Read more..
By: John Horton - February 28, 2019
Collaborative research by the Offshore Racing Association with organizers of Bermuda races from Marion and Newport will use computer-modeled wind records known as H0 (Zero) GRIB files to enhance handicapping methodologies for future Bermuda and other races. The Offshore Racing Association has announced the launch of a 2019 research study called “The ORA H-Zero Handicap Analysis,” a multi-part project with the Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association (MBCYRA) and Newport Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC). Read more..
By: John Burnham - February 15, 2019
New team members, distributed certificate processing are response to rapid growth for the association’s Offshore Racing Rule products. The Offshore Racing Association has revamped and expanded its systems and volunteer and staffing resources, and is set for further growth and development during the 2019 season. Read more..
By: Bill Lee - January 23, 2019
A guide for organizing authorities and race committees when choosing rating rules. Races with diverse fleets benefit from a good VPP Rule. Read more..
By: John Burnham - January 18, 2019
Across the United States, four offshore race boats earned regional titles under the Offshore Racing Rule. From West to East, the winners of the 2018 Offshore Racing Rule Regional Championships were Spookie, Steve Benjamin (East Coast), Talisman, Bruce Aikens (Great Lakes), Lucky Duck, Dave MacEwen (West Coast Northern), and Pyewacket, Roy Disney (West Coast Southern). Read more..
By: David McCreary - November 3, 2018
World Sailing held its annual conference in the United States this year, in Sarasota, Fla., where representatives of international rating and handicapping rules gathered to review the year. Read more..
By: John Horton - October 23, 2018
The Offshore Racing Association’s simplified Ez VPP rating rule hits market sweet spot— adopted by fleets in Massachusetts Bay, Chesapeake, Florida, Southern California, Great Lakes Hingham, Mass. (Oct. Read more..
By: Tim Ford - October 21, 2018
Joe Cummings bought his Tashiba 40 back in 2011, with no assumptions. In the predictably light air of the Chesapeake, relatively lighter boats usually dominate the racing. Read more..
By: Jay Tyson - October 18, 2018
I considered naming this “ORR-Ez for Dummies,” but assumed there might be some copyright issues. The issue is that change is tough, especially when several generations of sailors have become comfortable with a system that many accept as flawed, but easy to deal with. Read more..
By: Jim Teeters - March 1, 2018
Jim Teeters, ORA Technical Director 28 Feb 2018 The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) has introduced Large Roach Headsails (LRHs) into the 2018 Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). This type of sail resides in the “no-man’s” land between headsails (genoas/jibs) and spinnakers that had previously been disallowed in ORR. After several years of consultation with sailors and representatives of the marine industry the ORR committee has developed a methodology to measure and fairly rate these sails. Read more..
By: Kristina Lee - April 28, 2017
Boats with valid ORR certificates will be dual-scored in this Great Lakes Race. Newport, R.I. - April, 26 2017 -- By strong customer request the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) will be included in the Mills Trophy Race hosted by the Toledo Yacht Club. Read more..