PRLog - Dec. 3, 2012 - NEWPORT, R.I. -- The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association (ORROA) today announced the winners of the 2012 ORROA East Coast Championship Series. Lawrence Dickie of Greenwich, CT, and his yacht Ptarmigan, a Ker 43 took first place, and George David and his yacht Rambler, a Custom Maxi, placed second. Taking third place was Stephen Kylander with Dreamcatcher, an S&S-designed Swan 48. Winners of this inaugural season receive engraved silver award plates and custom appliqué brag flags.
“This was the first year for the East Coast Series, and we were able to put together a good set of regattas,” said John Winder, spokesman for ORROA and the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). “The cluster of 3 to 4 events around, and including, the Newport Bermuda Race, provided a broad variety of racing. Participating skippers enjoyed tying together multiple events under ORR, and we’ve heard they look forward to next year’s series.”
This racing series was open to yachts holding a valid 2012 ORR certificate that entered in a minimum of 2 of the following races: Block Island Race, NYYC Annual Regatta, Newport Bermuda Race, RBYC Anniversary Regatta and Stamford Vineyard Race. In addition, each yacht must have competed in at least one distance race (Block Island, Newport Bermuda Race or Stamford Vineyard Race) in order to qualify.
“Our Ker 43 Ptarmigan was not designed to ORR, but the fact that it was also very competitive under ORR demonstrates the range of boats that the Rule can rate fairly,” stated winning skipper Larry Dickie. The 2012 East Coast Championship Series was the inaugural year for this region. A Great Lakes Championship Series was started in 2010 and has been well received by Midwest sailors. The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association, in cooperation with the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) and Offshore Racing Rule, developed these regional series for sailors and race organizers interested in giving boat owners of all types a fair and level playing field. The ORROA seeks to encourage the use of a common, objective rule – the ORR – to increase participation in regattas across the country.