ORC Mediterranean Championship / CNT
The ORC Mediterranean Championship is back
More than 30 years after the first edition and 16 since the last one, held in 2006, the offshore sailing classic that is the ORC Mediterranean Championship has been reinvented in the context of the Tre Golfi Sailing Week. Open to all boats with an ORC rating, the championship is returning to its initial formula (racing around the marks and offshore courses) and will kick off with a long distance race of about 150 miles, on the same course as the traditional Tre Golfi regatta, followed by three days of racing around the buoys, from Thursday 18 to Saturday 21 May, on the stretch of water between Capri and Sorrento. The inshore races will also be valid for the National Champion of the Tyrrhenian competition, a FIV/UVAI trophy that also serves to select the boats that will take part in the Italian Offshore Sailing Championship.
The boats will be hosted in the charming marina of Piano di Sorrento, whose picturesque village will provide an unforgettable setting for the social events organised for the crews.
News of the event was welcomed with great enthusiasm, especially by the crews who will take advantage of the race as part of their final preparations for the ORC World Championship, scheduled to take place in Porto Cervo at the end of June.
The prize giving ceremony is set to take place on Saturday 21 May, with owners and crews hosted by the Mayor of Sorrento at the city's town hall.
During May, in good weather and high-pressure conditions, the morning wind in Capri tends to come from the East of the island, specifically between Capri and Punta Campanella, because of the peculiar conformation of the gulf. Therefore, racers should expect wind direction between 120° and 140° and wind intensity between 8 and 12 knots. Usually, the wind shifts to the right in the afternoon, so instead of coming from the island's left, it blows from its right-hand side, at an angle of roughly 240°. Consequently, the racing field will be moved towards the West if the start is scheduled with these latter conditions.
In the first case, the wind coming from the mouths, it's best to start from the pin end – that is, the left section of the starting line – and head decisively towards the coastline. It's best to tack once you reach the left lay line and maintain a somewhat rounded course to take full advantage of the wind pressure. However, be careful around 1400 hours: if ahead you see less wind pressure, it's because the wind is about to jump to the right, so it's best to tack!
If the wind is coming from the island's right side, you should start from the center of the line and reach the right-hand side of the course three-quarters of the way through the upwind beat. Heading downwind, we advise maintaining a starboard tack for the first part to take advantage of the more substantial wind pressure coming from the center of the island.
COURSES OF COASTAL RACE