Starting today at 1100 CET, three waves of Double Handed teams will begin racing in the Long offshore race held at the 2023 ORC Double Handed World Championship, hosted by the Real Club Nautico Barcelona (RCNB). The race will start just offshore of the entrance to Port Vell in Barcelona.
Teams spent the last two days getting inspected for compliance to ORC and safety rules, as well as preparing their boat and sails for the two races that comprise the event: a Long offshore race tomorrow and a shorter Coastal race on Thursday. Scoring for both races will determine the new ORC DH World Champions in each of three classes: Class A, Class B and Class C, grouped by rated size and speed.
On Monday Class A’s 17 entries and Class B’s 21 entries will race Course 11, a 180-mile course that tracks northeast along the Catalan coast to the Medes Islands, leaving them to starboard, then east to ODAS Begur, then returning on reciprocal legs to finish close to the start location.
Class C’s 16 entries will sail Course 10, a similar 162-mile course that tracks northeast first to leave ODAS Begur to port, the Medes Islands to port, then a final leg to the southwest to the finish.
Weather forecasts for both courses look favorable, with an 8-16 knot south-southwesterly winds predicted. This breeze is projected to be on the lighter side of this range off Barcelona but stronger along the northeast coast near the Medes Islands extending out to the turning mark at ODAS Begur.
After the start the entries can be tracked on eStela at the following links: