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ORC International World Championship Open For Entries

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and Flensburger Segel Club (FSC) are pleased to announce the 2010 ORC International (ORCi) World Championship is now open for entries.
This is the only ISAF-sanctioned offshore World Championship, and will be held in Flensburg, Germany over 5-11 September 2010.
The event starts with Registration and Measurement over Sunday and Monday, 5-6 September, followed by the first day of inshore racing on Tuesday, 7 September.
The following two days are scheduled for offshore racing, with inshore resuming on Friday and Saturday, 10-11 September. Should conditions require, Sunday 12 September is being held as a reserve day.
Seven inshore races scored at 1.0 points each are scheduled, along with a short offshore race scored at 1.25 points and a long offshore race scored at 1.75 points. This format is mandated by the ORC's "Green Book" of championship event standards. Besides the usual home-court advantages over visiting teams, the German ORCi fleet will also have ample opportunity to test themselves prior to the Worlds, with numerous regattas and training sessions being held for the fleet in the next few months.
The first is the "Go for Speed" seminars, organized by the Deutscher Segler-Verband (DSV) and held at the DSV building in Hamburg on 17-18 April for classroom sessions on topics such as sail trim, rules, weather, preparation and crew management, followed by on-water training over 23-25 April in Keil with Olympic Gold medalist Jesper Bank and his team of experts in a session offered with the help of Elvstrom Sails.
Another opportunity to tune up for the Worlds will be in the German ORCi Offshore Championship, which is organized in two parts. The first, held over 21-24 May, is offshore (long distance) racing in the North Sea at Helgoland as part of Nordseewoche, with the second being inshore (windward-leeward) racing held over 21-23 June in the Baltic as part of Kieler Woche.
Favorites among the German teams include Christian Plump and his modified Rodman 42 Beluga Racing, winner last year's ORCi European Championship in Ystad, Sweden and a perennial victor in numerous other ORCi events. Other teams to watch include John Friedrichsen's X-332 Chinook and Peter Sueselbeck's brand-new Farr-designed Beneteau First 40 Westwind. A sistership in Australia won the prestigious Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race in ORCi, so this team will definitely be one to watch.
For more information and entry details for the 2010 ORCi World Championship, visit the FSC's ORCi Worlds website at www.fsc.de/regatten/orci-worlds-2010
For more information on the DSV's Go for Speed seminar, visit www.dsv.org/index.php?id=470
For more information on the German Offshore Championship, visit www.nordseewoche.de and www.kielerwoche.de


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