ORC Canada Fleet News

1 JANUARY 2017

2016 saw the ORC fleet in Canada grow to 84 boats, with 17 boats in Quebec, 27 boats in the USA Pacific Northwest, and 40 boats in BC.  This more than doubled the 37 boats in the fleet in 2015.  In addition, we are working with fleets in the Great Lakes and the Maritimes who are interested in exploring ORC as a rating system for some of their races.

RATING OFFICE

We have now launched the new rating office for ORC-Canada and starting 1 January 2017, it will be responsible for the issue of ORC certificates, both ORC-Club and ORC-International. This change is in line with the strategy of ORC to develop capacity in all regions where the ORC system is being used to rate and score sailboat racing.

The ORC-Canada rating officer is Phil Barron.  Phil is a naval  architect practicing in Vancouver and brings experience professionally in design to the position.  Phil's responsibilities also include ORC measurement.

Ian Lloyd is the ORC Canada events officer.  He is responsible for promotion of the ORC system into existing events as well as the development of new fleets in Canada.  Philip Haggerty remains the ORC representative in Canada.

FEES

As a result of opening the new rating office, we will be changing the fee structure ORC certificates to include a fleet fee.  This fleet charge will offset some of the costs associated with the ORC-Canada rating office.  The table below sets out the new fees:       

Club             Club               International           International

new (€)         amend (€)     new (€)                     amend (€)                                      

52.00            42.00             100.00                      70.00                                                 

As can be seen, the fleet charge for ORC-Club is €10.00 and for ORC-International is €30.00.  The fleet charge for ORC Club is nominal and these charges are still among the lowest for ORC in the world (only Poland is less expensive).  All the functions of the rating office are carried out by professionals who are volunteering their time and effort.  The Congress representation and administrative functions as well as the capital needs for ORC-Canada are funded and will continue to be funded separately by sponsorship.

USA FLEETS

For 2017, ORC Canada will continue to provide support to the Puget Sound area fleets in the USA, until US Sailing is able to provide this support, planned for 2018 at this point.

CERTIFICATE RENEWALS

The 2017 VPP will be available in mid January, and we will send out an email once we have the update.  

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ORC Canada Ratings

ORC CERTIFICATES

There are two levels of ratings under ORC: ORC-Club and ORC-International.  Both levels use the same measurement data and the same VPP, and can be scored together in any races.

ORC Club is designed for Club-level racing that can go up to national championship level and is designed to be simple for boat owners to obtain a rating.  For ORC-Club, measurement data can be accepted as declared by the owner or obtained from any other source, including photos, drawings, designs or data from identical or similar boats.  Sail measurements can come from sail design data, from one-design data, as measured by the sailmaker or measured by an ORC measurer.

ORC-International (ORC-i) is intended for use on World, Continental, Regional and National level as well as major international offshore races.  ORC-I is based on a complete boat measurement as defined in the International Measurement System (IMS), and includes hull, rig, sails, hydrostatics and stability measurements.

Due to better quality of measurement data, ORCi certificates will be more accurate and give more favorable ratings. Because the systems are so compatible, it is very easy for owner who has an ORC Club certificate to upgrade to ORCi – just contact your local ORC measurer or rating authority.

 

ORC CLUB CERTIFICATES – ONLINE APPLICATION

Using the link on the front page to the ORC-Club Online Application, you can enter the measurement data for the boat.  Basic rig data can be taken from brochures and sister ships or from sources like http://sailboatdata.com .  Sail measurements can be obtained from design data that the sailmaker has or from measurements made by the sailmaker.  If you want a certificate with the least amount of effort, you will need the dimensions for your main, largest genoa, and largest spinnaker.

Once the data is complete, you can submit the form.  The ORC Canada Rating Office will receive the application and will generate a Test Certificate for review. 

Once you are satisfied with the Test Certificate, then you can go to the payment page using the link on the front page (Renewals and Payments), fill in the basic personal and boat data and then press submit.  A payment page will be displayed and is to be completed.

When the Rating Office has received notice of payment, it will issue a Racing Certificate.  The boat data will now appear on ORC Sailor Services.

The Online Application process can take as little as 48 hours, depending on the quality of data and the completeness of the application form.  The IMS Measurement Guide explains the measurements needed. Please note Section G which has specific details regarding sail measurement which differ from standard World Sailing’s Equipment Rules of Sailing and from other rating systems such as PHRF and IRC.

 

ORC CLUB CERTIFICATES – DATA FILE APPLICATION

ORC offers the IMS Editor software for free (http://www.orc.org/index.asp?id=42).  The software is used by measurers to edit, store, and distribute IMS data.  An owner, in conjunction with ORC measurers and sailmakers, can enter data directly into the IMS Editor.

Once the data is complete in the IMS Editor, you or the measurer can submit the data file to the ORC Canada Rating Office and the Rating Office will generate a Test Certificate for review.

Once you are satisfied with the Test Certificate, then you can go to the payment page using the link on the front page (Renewals and Payments), fill in the basic personal and boat data and then press submit.  A payment page will be displayed and is to be completed.

When the Rating Office has received notice of payment, it will issue a Racing Certificate.  The boat data will now appear on ORC Sailor Services.

 

OVERVIEW OF ORC SERVICES

It is suggested you register (free) for ORC Sailor Services as linked in the left side of this page.  This feature allows searching the database of existing yachts as well as make test modifications to rig or sail plans and to generate test certificates and speed guides.

If you want to take full advantage of the ORC Velocity Prediction Program and generate a Speed Guide for your yacht you will want to input measurements for all of your headsails and spinnakers in the Data and Measurements tab of the boat under My Boats in Sailor Services.

 

ORC INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATES

ORC-i certificates require a complete measurement of the boat.  Please contact the Rating Office (ratings@orc-canada.org) or one of the ORC Measurers listed below in the About section to start the process. 

Fleet

STATUS

The 2016 ORC fleet in Canada has 84 boats, with 17 boats in Quebec, 27 boats in the USA Pacific Northwest, and 40 boats in BC.  In addition, we are working with fleets in the Great Lakes and the Maritimes who are interested in exploring ORC as a rating system for some of their races. Currently, the major sailing events using the ORC system for scoring include the 2017 Swiftsure Lightship Classic, and the Van Isle 360.

Please follow the link below to be taken to the list of boats that are certificate holders in Canada and in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America.

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About

ORC AND ORC-CANADA

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is an international body responsible for the establishment and maintenance of rating and classification standards used to define offshore, coastal and inshore / course yacht racing handicap categories. 

Along with the IMS, ORC International and ORC Club, the ORC is also the sole authority recognised by the World Sailing for the administration of the ORC Grand Prix Classes Rules and the co-related Regulations, measurement and classes, and has designated the ORC as the official body to hold the Offshore World Championships. 

The ORC comprises a Congress and Officers, Chief Measurers and Rating Offices. It has Committes related to measurement, technical matters, events, race management, rating, events and promotions, and the Offshore Special Regulations. 

ORC-Canada is responsible for the carriage of the ORC in Canada.  The Canadian Rating Office was launched in 2017.

Chief Rating Officer - Phil Barron is responsible for ratings and measurement.  Phil can be reached at ratings@orc-canada.org.

Chief Events Officer -  Ian Lloyd is responsible for promotion of ORC in Canada as well as for the development of new fleets.  Ian can be reached at events@orc-canada.org.

ORC Representative – Philip Haggerty Weisse is the ORC representative in Canada and is the Canadian Congress member.  Philip can be reached at congress@orc-canada.org.

THE ORC OWNERS ASSOCIATION

Along with launching the ORC Canada Rating Office, ORC Canada will be initiating an ORC Owners Association.  Please contact Philip regarding your participation in this body which will act to provide input and advice on owner related matters to ORC Canada and through it, to the Congress.

Contact 

Please contact us at info@orc-canada.org or using the below form

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