Plan set for 2022 ORC Annual Meeting
Published on October 28th, 2022
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) will have the Annual Meeting of its constituent committees and the ORC Congress on October 29 to November 6.
The first part will be electronically through the Zoom video conference platform from October 29-31, while the second part will be held November 4-6 in Montecatini, Italy with the Management Committee and all ORC Staff members present. All meetings in Montecatini will be available through the Zoom platform, but ORC congress and committee members are welcome to join live meetings.
The Annual Meeting is where submissions for improvement of rules and policies for the coming new year are made from national authorities that manage use of the ORC system in 46 countries around the world. The submissions are first discussed within their topical committees and then reports and recommendations are made by each committee chairman to the ORC Congress, a body composed of a proportional number of delegates representing all countries that use the ORC system.
Approvals are needed from Congress to implement changes to ORC rules and policies for 2023.
There were 40 submissions made from 10 nations and the ORC Management Committee for consideration by six ORC committees on topics such as details of boat and spar measurements, championship event formats, scoring and technical improvements to the ORC Velocity Prediction Program (VPP), the core tool used to determine ORC ratings.
For conference details and submissions: https://www.orc.org/index.asp?id=71
The Race Management, Rating Officer, Measurement and Promotion and Development Committees will meet on Zoom and be broadcast live on YouTube starting October 29 and conclude October 31 according to this schedule (all times GMT/UTC):
Oct 29, 13:00 – 15:00 Race Management
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/7OiaFmMSZxE
Oct 30, 14:00 – 17:00 Rating Officers
17:00 – 19:00 Measurement
Oct 31, 14:00 – 17:00 Promotion
Then on November 5, committee meetings will continue with live meetings from Montecatini, Italy accessible also on Zoom and YouTube. First will be the Offshore Classes and Events Committee followed by the next day’s meeting of the 2022 ORC Congress according to this schedule (all times GMT/UTC):
Oct 29, 14:00 – 17:00 Classes and Events
Oct 30, 15:00 – 18:00 ORC Congress
Meetings of the ORC Management Committee are also in the schedule, but are closed for public access. And the final meeting this year of the ORC International Technical Committee (ITC) was held last weekend in Trieste, Italy, and their report and recommendations will be made at the Congress meeting.
Those interested in participating as an observer to any of the public meetings must register on the online form found on the Meetings web page: www.orc.org/meetings. Registered observers will receive the Zoom credentials needed to access the meetings of their choice.
“Our system is open and transparent and is used by many boat types, from Sportboats to Superyachts,” said ORC Chairman Bruno Finzi. “Through the submission process we collect feedback on how to improve the system and now we invite observers to see how our committees deliberate on these issues.
“We feel this is important so that anyone in the ORC community – from the 9000 boats that have been issued ORC certificates this year, the hundreds of regatta managers that manage and score races, or anyone else who has a general interest – may have the opportunity to see and hear how our input and improvement process works.”