John Shulze’s Horizon Wins 2016 ORR West Coast Championship Series – Southern Division
The Offshore Racing Association and the Offshore Racing Rule announce the top 3 finishers of this year’s West Coast Championship Series – Southern Division.
December 16, 2016 NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) announced the winners of the 2016 Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) West Coast Championship Series – Southern Division. Taking first place was Horizon, a Santa Cruz 50, owned by John Shulze. This incredibly competitive region brought out dozens of racers who vied for top honors. In the end, the awards went to:
- First Place: Horizon – owned by John Shulze
- Second Place: Timeshaver – owned by Viggo Torbensen
- Third Place: Pyewacket – owned by Roy P. Disney
Horizon had an incredible 2016 racing season with many wins, landing them on top in this ORR series. Second place finisher Timeshaver, a J/125 owned by Viggo Torbensen, also had a strong season. Coming in third place was Pyewacket, an Andrews 70 owned by Roy P. Disney.
Races included in the 2016 West Coast Championship Series – Southern division included: San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race, MEXORC, Island Race, Newport to Ensenada Race, So Cal 300, Santa Barbara to King Harbor, and Long Point Race Week. Each yacht’s score for the championship series consisted of points earned during these qualifying events. The San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race was weighted as two races and the So Cal 300 race was weighted as one and a half races. All other regattas were weighted as one race.
Encore Wins ORR West Coast Championship Series – Northern Division Two Years Running
Wayne Koide and his crew win the 2016 Offshore Racing Rule West Coast Championship Series, with Buona Sera and Adrenalin LLC coming in second and third, respectively.
December 8, 2016 NEWPORT, R.I. – The Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) and the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) announced the winners of the 2016 ORR West Coast Championship Series – Northern Division. Wayne Koide’s Encore finished in first place, thereby winning the same championship as in 2015. The top three placings of this year’s regional championship series include:
• First Place: Encore – owned by Wayne Koide
• Second Place: Buona Sera – owned by Edward Marez
• Third Place: Adrenalin LLC – owned by Mark & Shana Howe
Wayne Koide, Encore’s owner, remarked about racing under the ORR rule, “The fact that a relatively small boat such as ours can win this award over larger, faster boats says something about the rule – I think ORR is definitely the best rule for offshore events.” Koide brought up what many sailors mention when discussing racing: the importance of the crew. “Regardless of what rule we are sailing under, I believe the most important element in racing is having a committed crew,” Koide stressed. He continued, “Win or lose, if you’re racing with your friends and family [Koide races with his wife, Suzie], you can never go wrong.” Encore is a Sydney 36 CR boat and is well known on the West Coast. Edward Marez’s Buona Sera, a Santa Cruz 70, had a successful season racing out of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Adrenalin LLC, a SNC 50, is crewed by husband and wife team Mark & Shana Howe.
The ORR West Coast Championship Series began in 2013 and the 2016 series’ races included: the OYRA Lightship Race, Great Vallejo Race, Spinnaker Cup, Coastal Cup Race, OYRA Farrallon Islands Race, Pacific Cup, and Rolex Big Boat Series. Scores were based on the best results of a minimum of 3 of the aforementioned races. The Pacific Cup was weighted as two races while all other regattas were weighted as one race.
Natalie J. Wins 2016 ORR Great Lakes Championship Series
Natalie J. along with Heartbreaker and Denali^2 round out top 3 placings for this year’s Offshore Racing Rule Great Lakes Championship Series.
Newport, R.I. – December 6, 2016 – The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) and the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) proudly announce the winners of the 2016 ORR Great Lakes Championship Series. This series brings together top sailors racing in some challenging conditions. Taking top honors this year was Philip & Sharon O’Niel with their boat, Natalie J. Other winners include:
- ·First Place: Natalie J – owned by Philip & Sharon O’Niel
- ·Second Place: Heartbreaker – owned by Robert L. Hughes
- ·Third Place: Denali^2 – owned by William F. McKinley
Natalie J. is a fixture in Great Lakes racing and came in second place in the 2012 ORR Great Lakes Championship Series. This year marks the first time Natalie J. was able to race in four major regattas in the Great Lakes under the ORR Rule. “We are thrilled that the ORR rule lets us race our older TP52 against a wide variety of boats. The rule accommodated all different sailing conditions this season, ranging from a very light air distance race like the Queen’s Cup to the Chicago Mackinac, which was a heavy air, thunderstorm-filled race,” stated Philip O’Niel III.
The Offshore Racing Rule started its regional championship racing series in 2010 in the Great Lakes, which was utilized as a testing ground for using the ORR in a variety of regional races. Executive Director Bjorn Johnson explained, “It’s amazing how the Offshore Racing Rule and the regional championship series have exploded since our inaugural year in 2010. The Great Lakes Championship Series was our launch of a grassroots effort to promote and encourage racing to a much broader base of boat owners. We couldn’t be more pleased with its success not only in the Great Lakes, but across the country.”
The 2016 Great Lakes Championship Series included the following events: the Queen’s Cup, Bayview Mackinac Race, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Verve Cup (Offshore) and Bayview Yacht Club Long Distance Race. Each yacht's score for the series consisted of the points earned in the qualifying events; the Mackinac was weighted as two races and all other regattas were weighted as one.
Perigee Takes First Place in 2016 ORR East Coast Championship Series
The Offshore Racing Rule and the Offshore Racing Association announces top 3 finishers of the East Coast Championship Series.
Newport, R.I. – December 1, 2016 – The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) announced the winners of the 2016 Offshore Racing Rule East Coast Championship Series. Taking first place was Charles and CJ Bocklet’s boat, Perigee, a Beneteau 42. This year’s series was as competitive as ever with top boats racing in varied conditions. The top three finishers were:
- First Place: Perigee – owned by CJ and Charles Bocklet
- Second Place: Dreamcatcher – owned by Stephen Kylander
- Third Place: That’s Ridiculous – owned by Francis Nilsen
Charles and CJ Bocklet had an impressive racing season with a young crew that had to convince the Newport Bermuda Race Committee to let them sail in that tough race. The team focused on safety first, then having fun, and finally, to sail fast. They committed to an aggressive pre-Bermuda race schedule and the crew pushed themselves to the limit and sailed hard. Boat owner CJ Bocklet said, “I think the ORR has made us all better sailors and I hope to do more of these races.”
Dreamcatcher, a Swan 48, came in second place and has been a part of the ORR East Coast Championship Series in previous years, winning in 2014 and 2013. This is the first year for That’s Ridiculous, owned by Francis Nilsen, to be in the top 3 of this series.
The East Coast Championship Series began in 2012 and this year the races that were part of the series included: the Block Island Race, New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, Newport Bermuda Race, Anniversary Regatta at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the Stamford Vineyard Race. Scoring was based on the results of a minimum of two races, with each yacht competing in at least one distance race in order to qualify. Each yacht's score for the Championship Series consisted of the points earned in the qualifying events with the Newport Bermuda Race weighted as one and one half races. All other regattas were weighted as one race. The combination of the best two individual race scores was used to determine the series scoring.
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