Transpac to debut Multihull Rating Rule
Published on May 3rd, 2017
The multihull rating rule, ORR-MH, will make its debut this July in the 2017 Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii. The 2225nm race, which already uses ORR for handicapping their Monohull Divisions, will use ORR-MH to handicap the diverse range of multihulls that plan to compete.
“Multihulls present a unique handicapping challenge,” notes Bjorn Johnson, Executive Director of the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) which manages the ORR rules. “They are as diverse and wide ranging in design as monohull sailboats, and many of the newer designs have partial or full foiling ability.”
ORA has a collaborative working arrangement with Teeters Yacht Technology and Egan Software for the final development stages of ORR-MH. The association will continue to work with the various race organizers, owners, designers and multihull experts in further refining and upgrading this system.
The research and development was headed by Jim Teeters, ORA Technical Director and leader of Teeters Yacht Technology. Jim has been coordinating with various designers and multihull experts during the development of the ORR-MH. “These are exciting times in the world of handicapping with all of the new foil technology for both mono and multihull sailboats,” said Teeters.