The upcoming ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 event is the ultimate expression of offshore sailing. Using a special rating system, ORC International Sailing rules allow yachts anywhere from 8 to16 meters, of various shapes and characteristics, to directly compete against one another, with final results tallied into a single classification.
The formula has gained popularity around the world in recent years with the last two ORC Worlds Championships held in Barcelona (2015) and Copenhagen (2016), with over 140 boats participating. The bid for Trieste to host the ORC Worlds in 2017 was presented in China in November 2015 during the annual meeting of the Offshore Racing Council (ORC), by a committee of six sailing clubs from the Gulf of Trieste led by Yacht Club Porto San Rocco with the support of the XIII Area of the Italian Sailing Federation-- Friuli Venezia Giulia. Besides the technical aspects of the application, tourism to the region was emphasized through a short and emotional video created ad hoc and distributed on a USB card given to decision makers, and shared through social media including Facebook, Youtube, and websites www.golfoditrieste.net and www.orcworlds2017.com.
The Organizing Authority is made up of Yacht Club Porto San Rocco, Yacht Club Adriaco, Triestina della Vela, Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano, Circolo della Vela Muggia, and Trieste Sirena Nautical Club.
ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 will take place from 30 June to 8 July 2017, with the following schedule:
30 June -1 July: Measurement checks for eligible yachts
2 July: Final measurement checks and Practice Regatta - Opening Ceremony
3-4 July: Long-Distance Regatta, duration approx. 34 hours
5-8 July: Seven regattas around buoys - Awards Ceremony
The event limits participation to 150 yachts, divided into three classes. With expected participation at or near capacity, roughly 1,500 people from at least 15 nations will be present for the entire duration of the nine-day event.
Yachts participating in ORC Worlds Trieste 2017 will have crews ranging from a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 15 members, or an average of 10 members per team.
Given the required presence of a jury and an international race committee for the entire period as well as a substantial number of volunteers needed on the ground and at sea, we believe that the total number of people involved will easily reach 1,600.
The Organizing Committee must guarantee hospitality for the Jury, the Race Committee and the yachts, but teams are responsible for their own room and board. Many will bring guests, therefore an exact number is difficult to estimate.
In an exciting finale to a week of mostly light air sailing, overall class winners were not decided until the last race in all classes today at the ORC Worlds Trieste 2017. And the new World Champions in each class were surprises as well, none having been at the top of the leaderboard all week during the 6-day format of inshore and offshore racing.
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