ORROA 2010 Great Lakes Championship Series Winners

ORROA 2010 Great Lakes Championship Series Winners

The Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 ORROA Great Lakes Championship Series. In first place, Chicago racers Jerry and Shawn O'Neill and their Eagle Team, who raced in the Sheldon Clark Regatta and the Chicago Mackinac. Robert Foley and his Tried and True Team ended the season in second place and Ken Brown and his Jay Hawker Team followed in third place. Winners of this inaugural season will receive engraved silver award plates, custom appliqué brag flags and ORROA embroidered apparel.

Winning sailor, Shawn O'Neill, discussed his win, "Our Eagle team was honored to be part of the inaugural ORROA Great Lakes Championship. We like the idea of having one consistent rating rule connecting the great yacht clubs and sailors from our Great Lakes. We plan to compete next year and are looking forward to continued success of the ORROA Great Lakes Championship Series."

This racing series was open to yachts holding a valid 2010 ORR certificate that entered in a minimum of 2 of the following races: Queen's Cup, Lake Huron International, Bayview Mackinac, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Little Traverse Yacht Club 50th Annual Regatta, and Sheldon Clark Regatta. Each yacht must have competed in one of the Mackinac races in order to qualify. For races in which the ORR rule was used, results were taken from yachts entering the ORR class. One design yachts competed in their own class. In races where the ORR rule was not used, an ORR overlay was used with yachts entering those races under their NOR.

The 2010 Great Lakes Championship Series was the inaugural series of the newly created Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association. ORROA, in cooperation with the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) and Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), developed this series for Great Lakes sailors and hopes to offer more racing series in other parts of the USA in 2011. The organization welcomes sailors and race organizers interested in giving boat owners of all types a fair and level playing-field. ORROA hopes that by encouraging the use of a common, objective rule, participation in regattas will increase across the country.