97th Bayview Mackinac Race to adopt ORC Rating Rule
DETROIT, Michigan (October 30, 2020) – Bayview Yacht Club and the Mackinac Race Authority announced today it will adopt the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) Rating System to score the 97th consecutive Bayview Mackinac Race which starts on 24 July 2021. This decision is in conjunction with Chicago Yacht Club who is making the same change for its Race to Mackinac.
After successfully running the 2020 “Pandemic Year” Bayview Mackinac Race, when most events were canceled, Bayview is looking forward to 2021 and the upcoming 100th Centennial Bayview Mackinac Race in 2024. That forward vision continuously evaluates the sport of sailing, how to promote it and what is best for the annual Bayview Mackinac Race which is the Oldest Continuously Run Freshwater Yacht Race in the World.
“The adoption of the ORC Rating System will offer competitors a handicap rule with full transparency that is more widely used in premier regattas like the Bayview Mackinac Race throughout North America and Worldwide. The expectation is that competitors will have a better user experience, access to more resources and a race with a rating rule that is transparent and easy to understand at the same, or in many cases lower, costs.” said C.J. Ruffing, 2021 Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman.
The ORC Rating System uses science and technology to develop a boat’s handicap to allow fair racing between dissimilar boats. By entering specific measurements into computer software ORC measures how a racing crew can reach their boat’s theoretical performance potential in various wind conditions. This Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) allows the race organizers to correct the elapsed time of competing boats to score them on the same level.
“We believe that ORC has become the dominant player and can bring significant technical resources to the race and its competitors. Many of us that race outside the Great Lakes have already raced using the ORC Rule and have experienced the value ORC brings. From the competitor’s standpoint there will be little change other than a potential reduction in cost.” said Chris Clark, last year’s Bayview Mackinac Race Chairman.
“We are very pleased to work closely with the Bayview Mackinac Race, an important and prestigious race on the offshore racing calendar. Our staff, alongside US Sailing, is ready to support the race organizers and competitors in every way possible so they may enjoy competitive and fair racing.” said Bruno Finzi, Chairman of ORC.
“US Sailing is well positioned to support the sailors and organizers in the transition of rating rules with the use of the Universal Certificate System (UCS). The UCS allows the existing measurement data to be transmitted to the ORC rating rule in the already familiar portal for owners. US Sailing is pleased to work with the Bayview Mackinac fleet as they navigate the adoption of the ORC rule for their race and look forward to successful events in 2021 and beyond” said Nathan Titcomb, Offshore Director for US Sailing.
The Bayview Yacht Club and the Mackinac Race Authority are committed to ensuring that all sailors interested in competing have ample opportunities to learn about the new rating rule. More information will be posted on the Bayview Mackinac Race website www.bycmack.com.
About Bayview Yacht Club
While the sport of sailing is the focus of the Bayview Yacht Club today, the Club was founded in 1915 by four men, only one of whom might be called a sailor. The history of the Club starts in Detroit, then spreads, not only throughout the Great Lakes, but to the Atlantic Ocean and around the World. Today Bayview Yacht Club is proud to be the steward of the longest consecutively run offshore race in the world the Bayview Mackinac Race. The race is always challenging and beautiful as the shoreline of Lake Huron always provides a breath-taking backdrop regardless of the weather and wind conditions. Competitors look forward to finishing at Mackinac Island and enjoying the hospitality which is second to none. Bayview is a yacht club where accomplishments on the water are more important than those off. The club’s motto states it very simply “Sailing, it’s what we do”. More information can be found at www.byc.com.
For over 50 years the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has managed and developed the IOR, IMS and now ORC rating systems used in inshore and offshore races, and for the past 20 years has organized annual World and European championship events, as well as hundreds of local and regional races and regattas in 45 countries around the globe. It is the largest World Sailing- recognized measurement-based handicap system in world, issuing >10,000 certificates per year. More information can be found at www.orc.org.