New VPP Multihull Handicapping System
Published on March 30th, 2017
Newport, RI (March 30, 2017) – The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) will have a new VPP multihull handicapping system available by this summer. ORR-MH will use the latest VPP technology and testing procedures to handicap the diverse range of multihulls that are racing on the world’s oceans and coastlines.
ORR-MH will join ORR, ORR-EZ, HPR (High Performance Rule) and ISYR (International Superyacht Rule) as part of the stable of rating systems administered by ORA. ORA is collaborating with Teeters Yacht Technology and Eagan Software for the final testing stages of this new multihull VPP-based handicap system.
ORA will continue to work with the various race organizers, owners, designers and multihull experts in further refining and upgrading this system. The research effort and development process was headed by Jim Teeters, ORA Technical Director and head of Teeters Yacht Technology. Jim has been coordinating with various designers and multihull experts during the development of ORR-MH. “These are exciting times in the world of handicapping with all of the new foil technology for both mono and multi-hull sailboats,” said Teeters.
ORR-MH will be the multihull handicap rule used for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race in its new Multihull Division. The race already uses ORR for handicapping their Monohull Divisions. “Multihulls present a unique handicapping challenge, as they are as diverse a fleet as monohull sailboats and many have partial or full foiling ability,” stated Bjorn Johnson, Executive Director of ORA. “We look forward to working with these and other events that have an interest in promoting fair handicap racing, whether it is with one hull or multiple hulls.”