More Options for Annapolis to Newport
Published on April 17th, 2017
The 2017 Annapolis to Newport Race, scheduled to start on June 2, now has the option for boats to be dual scored under the new ORR-EZ rule. All boats registered in either IRC or PHRF (A2N version) that have a 2017 ORR-EZ certificate can qualify.
The ORR-EZ rule does not have to measure every boat, as it can use standardized hull data from measured boats it has in its database. If it’s a one-off boat, the rule administrator, Offshore Racing Association (ORA), creates a model of it with the help of the boat’s designer or with its in-house design team. If a boat already has an ORR rating certificate, a conversion to EZ can be made.
“ORR-EZ is not an observed performance rule like PHRF, where the age of your sails, or the condition of your boat’s bottom, or the capability of your crew is figured into your rating. It’s the next step up, but it’s not a full-blown measurement rule either,” said Jim Teeters, Technical Director of ORA.
It costs $100 for an ORR-EZ Application ($75 for renewal), and the ORA is offering select discounts to Annapolis to Newport Race competitors.