Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Feb-Mar 2015
ORCi Results 034 rolex/carloborlenghi Seen by its advocates among grand prix yacht owners as a more transparent rule and a truer reflection of a boat’s performance, this year saw 66 of the 99 boats entered under IRC also entered with an ORCi rating. The increase in ORCi numbers, however, is probably due to the fact that yachts now have to have an ORCi rating to prove their stability rather than any dissatisfaction with IRC which continues to maintain its status worldwide. Nevertheless, a comparison between IRC and ORCi results from the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart makes for an interesting exercise. The overall and IRC division results are calculated by the application of the IRC Time Corrector (TCC) as a multiplier of elapsed time and the boat with the lowest corrected time (after application of scoring penalties, if any) wins the Tattersall’s Trophy. Results for ORCi are decided by the application of the Time-on- Time Simplified Scoring System as a multiplier of elapsed time. In this category the boat with the lowest corrected time is awarded the Charleston Trophy. Calculations produced a different overall winner for both IRC and ORCi, with Roger Hickman’s veteran Farr 43 Wild Rose winning the Tattersall’s Trophy and Ron Forster and Phil Damp’s Beneteau First 40 Ariel winning the Charleston Trophy. Both are CYCA members. Of the first ten boats overall under IRC, all but one were among the first ten under ORCi but the first four boats differed somewhat. Under IRC Wild Rose won from Victorian Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40 Chutzpah with Ariel third overall. Under ORCi, it was Ariel first, Wild Rose second and Simon Kurts’ classic S&S 47 third. Tasmanian Michael Pritchard’s Beneteau First 45 Audere lifted from placing eighth in IRC overall to fourth under ORCi while Chutzpah slipped from second in IRC overall to eighth under ORCi scoring. If nothing else, having two rating categories for all eligible boats does spread the trophies around and makes for some interesting duels between boats. Ariel won ORCi Division 3 from Audere and Zen, (Gordon Ketelbey’s Sydney 38 from Middle Harbour Yacht Club). Ariel’s skipper Ron Forster is a member of both the CYCA and the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club and this was just his second Sydney Hobart. His first was 33 years ago! Wild Rose added her collection of IRC trophies by winning ORCi Division 4 from Love & War and Quickpoint Azzuro, Shane Kearns’ lovingly restored S&S 34 which made a name for itself in Victoria as Shenandoah II when owned by Ron White, a Commodore of Sandringham Yacht Club. As with IRC, smaller and older boats dominated the top placings in ORCi overall with ORCi Division 1 being won by Victorian Robert Date’s Scarlet Runner, a Reichel/Pugh 52, from fellow Victorian Terra Firma, Nicholas Bartels’ Cookson 50 and CYCA member Paul Clitheroe’s Balance, the former Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Quest. Scarlet Runner placed 24th overall under ORCi ratings. Division 2 boats were more up the leader board with division winner, After Midnight, Mark and Greg Tobin’s modified Farr 40 placing sixth in ORCi overall. Also in the top ten were runner-up Chutzpah and third placed ADA Celestial, Sam Haynes’ Roger 46. Syd Fischer, a strong advocate of ORCi, was the only super maxi owner to enter his yacht Ragamufffin 100 under IRC and ORCi. Ragamuffin 100 placed 57th and last under ORCi overall results. Under IRC, Ragamuffin was also last in fleet on corrected time. While iRC Continues to be the pRimaRy Rating system used in the Rolex sydney hobaRt yaCht RaCe, the 70th edition saW the oRCi Rating system attRaCt entRies fRom a ReCoRd 66 yaChts in the fleet of 117 staRteRs. Peter CamPbell looks at the oRCi Results. GAMe KeePeR WINNING STREAK Scarlet Runner was the winner of the ORCi division and took home the Charleston Trophy. T he ORCi rating system runs in tandem with the overall IRC system used to determine the overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
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