Cruising Club of America Grant to Support the Offshore Racing Rule

We are pleased to announce that the Cruising Club of America has approved a significant grant to the Offshore Racing Association (ORA), owner of the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), for the continued support of the ORR. 

“Since the founding of the CCA in 1922 there has been an inherent interest in the development and maintenance of handicapping systems,” explained CCA Commodore James Binch of New Canaan, Conn. “Beginning in 1926, and forming what is now called the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee in partnership with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, there has been a need for the CCA to be intimately involved with small yacht handicapping and give it support.”

ORA Executive Director Bjorn Johnson is gratified to be working in partnership with the CCA for the continued improvement of the ORR handicap system.  “This generous grant will enable us to not only continue research but also implement cutting edge technology so that ORR can maintain its status as the best Velocity Prediction Program available for sailors’ use worldwide,” said Johnson.  “ORA Technical Director Jim Teeters is working with his team to complete an improved version of ORR for 2017 and into the future, making the best rule even better.”

The ORR, with its multiple features, custom help for event organizing authorities, and course configuration adjustments, is continually evolving.  With over 1000 certificates produced in 2016, ORR is the fastest growing rating system in North America.  The ORR is used in classic inshore and offshore races, including the Newport Bermuda Race, Transpacific Yacht Club Races, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Bayview Mackinac Race, Pacific Cup, Vallarta Race, Rolex Big Boat Series, SoCal 300, California Offshore Race Week, Ugotta Regatta, Marion Bermuda Race, Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race and many other races of importance.  For more information about ORR please visit: