As part of the historic Tre Golfi Sailing Week scheduled from May 14-21, the ORC Mediterranean Championship returns to Italy with its original format of buoy racing and offshore trials.
The ORC Mediterranean Championship during the Tre Golfi
The fast, high-tech Orc yachts are returning to the Mediterranean. And in 2022 they’re doing it on a grand scale. More than 30 years after it was held for the first time and 16 years after the last edition, held in 2006, a classic of international offshore sailing, the famous ORC Mediterranean Championship, is back.
The competition takes place as part of the Tre Golfi Sailing Week, the historic racing event which, in addition to sailing, celebrates the beauty of Italy’s three most beautiful gulfs, Naples, Salerno and Gaeta. From May 14-21, the three gulfs will host coastal and long distance races, starting with the traditional Tre Golfi race. In addition to the novelty of Sorrento as the new venue in place of Capri, in 2022 the programme of the Neapolitan sailing week is even richer. Alongside the classic Tre Golfi race, now in its 67th edition, there are three prestigious competitions: the Maxi European Championship, the Tyrrhenian National Championship and the ORC Mediterranean Championship.
Over 30 yachts registered
The latter, open to all ORC-rated yachts, returns with its original format of buoy racing and offshore trials. The 2022 ORC Mediterranean Championship starts with a 150-mile long distance race along the same route as the classic Tre Golfi, starting in Naples on Saturday 14 May, followed by three days of buoy racing from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 May in the stretch of sea between Capri and Sorrento.
As for the number of crews admitted to the Mediterranean Championship, the organizing committee has set a limit of 70 boats. However, with around three months to go until the closing date for entries, over half the boats have already confirmed their presence and so, at the end of January, the organisers will decide whether or not to raise the limit.
A strategic test bench for the Orc World Championship
As well as taking place on one of the most beautiful race courses in the world, defined by the great Straulino as the “wind stadium”, the Orc Mediterranean Championship will also be an excellent testing ground ahead of the Orc World Championship to be held at the end of June in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Too often owners are forced to choose one race over another,” says Roberto Mottola, President of Circolo Remo e Vela Italia, which organises Tre Golfi Sailing Week, “because the lack of cooperation between clubs leads to overlapping events. This is not our case; we are always very careful in building our calendar, respectful of the activities of the other clubs; and above all we want to make life easy for owners. For this reason, we will be offering hospitality until the end of May at a symbolic cost to boats that come to race with us and then move to Sardinia.
Finally, the level of competition on the water at this Orc 2022 Mediterranean Championship is expected to be very high: among the boats to beat are Giovanni Di Vincenzo’s “Lisa R” with her strong young crew coordinated by Francesco Bertone and Frederic Puzin’s “green” “Daguet”, which won the ORC Rolex Middle Sea Race 2021. Two very fast Ker 46s have already entered the competition. The prize-giving ceremony for the Orc Mediterranean Championship is scheduled for Saturday 21st May, with owners and crews hosted by the Mayor of Sorrento in the town’s Villa Comunale. So there will be a lot of fun!
Tre Golfi Sailing Week: easy registration, stunning scenery and races
Tre Golfi Sailing Week is one of the most popular competitions on the Italian racing calendar and has always attracted the best in international sailing. It is organized from 14th to 21st May in Sorrento by Circolo Remo and Vela Italia, in collaboration with Yacht Club Italiano, Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia, IMA, ORC, UVAI, AIVE, and under the aegis of FIV. Tre Golfi Sailing Week comprises four high-profile events: the 67th Tre Golfi race, the first Maxi European Championship, the Mediterranean Orc Championship and the Tyrrhenian National Championship. The Maxi yachts will be hosted at the main dock of the enchanting Marina Piccola in Sorrento; while the ORCs will be at the marina of the picturesque village of Piano di Sorrento: two unforgettable settings also for the social events that will welcome the crews.
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