Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:28
Shorthanded Racing is here – 4 crew plus Autohelm
The ORCV is pleased to announce that it will be introducing short handed racing with autohelm with a maximum of 4 crew as part of the main fleet in all offshore races next season 'Four + Autohelm'.
This development reflects the findings of research into race participation conducted by ORCV earlier this year. More details on the research and related initiatives will be released in a future article but the decision on short handed racing reflects two key findings.
First, in an open question on “matters considered when deciding whether to participate in an ocean race”, time and cost rate a mention but the two overwhelming considerations were:-
The availability of suitably experienced crew and
The suitability of the yacht for the event, with emphasis on competitiveness against the expected fleet.
Skippers were also asked if they would be interested in, or support, short handed crews racing with Autohelm under normal...