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ORR Rating Rule Seminar

This Wednesday evening, the St. Francis Yacht Club will offer a free seminar, Understanding ORR & ORR-EZ Rating Rules. The club’s “mission is to be ‘a leader in yachting’ and as such we have used a variety of rating rules for our regattas,” states the invitation. “We currently use Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) and are hosting an educational session with Jim Teeters, technical director of the Offshore Racing Rule.”

The Flying Tiger CentoMiglia and the J/120 Chance raced in separate ORR divisions in last year’s Rolex Big Boat Series.
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Boat owners and sailors interested in learning more about ORR and ORR-EZ, and how to use them, are invited to attend on February 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a free event open to all, but non-members must RSVP by phone to (415) 563-6363. (Club members log in to to register.)

Rolex Big Boat Series

StFYC has also posted the Notice of Race and opened registration for the Rolex Big Boat  Series. To benefit from a discount on the entry fee, sign up before June 1. The regatta dates are September 11-15.

The regatta is open to all one-design boats in the Pac52, J/125, J/105, J/88 and Express 37 classes. Any class with six entries by August 1 will receive their own one-design start. Classes that fail to reach this critical mass will be welcome to race in ORR, alongside monohulls greater than 35-ft LOA with a current fully or partially measured ORR certificate.

J/70 start at Big Boat Series
A 35-boat J/70 start in the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series. The fleet had its Worlds on San Francisco Bay that year.
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The not-big J/70s are invited with a minimum of 15 boats registered by August 1.  “We’re excited to bring back the J/70s as a one-design class,” says regatta chair Susan Ruhne. “In 2016 they were the largest one-design fleet to compete, qualifying for the Commodore’s Cup Perpetual Trophy. Since then, the West Coast J/70 fleet has been building in anticipation of their 2020 Worlds in Southern California.” The top Corinthian and top professionally crewed J/70 teams at the 2019 Rolex Big Boat Series will both win berths in the 2020 Worlds.

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