ORR's 2012 Regional Championship Series Winners
The Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) has announced the regional winners of the ORR Great Lakes and East Coast Championship Series.
In this 3rd season of the Great Lakes Championship Series, first place winners were Terry Kohler and Pete Reichelsdorfer with their boat, Evolution, a GL70. Philip O'Niel III and his yacht, Natalie J, a TP52, secured second place, and Jerry & Greg Miarecki came in third with Providence, an Erickson 35 MKII.
The East Coast Championship Series touted a very successful inaugural season with first place going to Lawrence Dickie of Greenwich, CT, and his yacht Ptarmigan, a Ker 43. George David and his yacht Rambler, a Custom Maxi, achieved second place, and third place was taken by Stephen Kylander with Dreamcatcher, an S&S-designed Swan 48.
East Coast 1st Place Winner Ptarmigan owned by Lawrence Dickie
"We had high participation from competitors in many locations on the Great Lakes and on the East Coast," stated ORR spokesman Frank Kern. "The top three places of both regions were won by a broad cross section of yacht designs built from the 1970's all the way to the first decade of the 2000's, demonstrating the robustness of the ORR handicap system. We applaud the skill of the skippers and crew that enabled these boats to come out on top."
Those who qualified for each regional series needed a valid 2012 ORR certificate and must have raced in the required number of races for each region. The Offshore Racing Rule, in cooperation with the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) developed these regional series for sailors and race organizers interested in giving boat owners of all types a fair and level playing field. The ORR strives to increase participation in regattas across the country by using a common, objective rule, ORR.
The ORR Owners Association was created to promote and encourage offshore racing under the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) by providing a more scientific, research-based handicapping system. By providing a fair and accurate handicapping system, the organization encourages participation from a broad group of boat owners, inviting them to become active participants in this association and championship racing series.