Offshore World Champs Returns to USA

Published on October 31st, 2018

Sarasota, FL (October 31, 2018) – The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) working in cooperation with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and Union National Course au Large (UNCL), founding partners of the IRC rating system, announced the approval of the New York Yacht Club to host the 2020 IRC/ORC World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

This will be the first World Championship for offshore boats held in the United States since the IMS World Championship in 2000, also hosted by the New York Yacht Club.

“We are very pleased to work once again with RORC to plan this important event on the offshore sailing calendar,” said Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC. “It has been too long since we have been away from the U.S., where US Sailing was one of our founding members when ORC was formed in 1969.”

Subject to slight modifications pending review by a Working Party formed by members representing all three partners to start on the detailed planning, the proposed dates are September 25 – October 3, 2020.

“Our experience in The Hague for the first edition of the IRC/ORC World Championship this year was positive on many levels,” said Steven Anderson, Commodore of RORC, “There is a strong desire to continue this cooperative momentum towards the future. We have agreed that IRC and ORC will work with each other to approve and plan these Worlds events every two years so that our sailors may also plan to put this on their calendars as well.”

“Offshore sailing is part of the DNA of the New York Yacht Club,” said Commodore Philip A. Lotz. “Our waterfront clubhouse at Harbour Court combined with Newport’s tremendous sailing conditions and extensive marine infrastructure, provide what we feel is one of the greatest venues for offshore racing. The Club is very excited to welcome the world to our hometown for the 2020 IRC/ORC World Championship.”

The typical format of the combined Worlds has been 2 to 3 offshore or coastal races, followed by 6 to 7 inshore races. Racing will be in three classes defined by the size and rated speeds of the boats, and all-amateur Corinthian prizes will be offered in each class. ORC and IRC ratings will be used to score the racing, however the Working Party will make the final determination on how when a Notice of Race is issued for the event in 2019.

About IRC
IRC (International Rating Certificate) is a rating system developed and managed for the past 33 years by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and its French counterpart UNCL, and is used in over 40 countries for events ranging from local club regattas to continental championships and many of the world’s premier ocean races.

About ORC
Since 1969 ORC (Offshore Racing Congress) has managed and developed the IOR, IMS and now ORC rating systems also used in ocean races, and for the past 19 years has organized annual World and European championship events, as well as hundreds of local and regional races and regattas in 40 countries around the world.

Source: New York Yacht Club, RORC Press Office, ORC Communications

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