July 23, 2013 - The Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) recently announced the appointment of a new executive director, Bjorn Johnson of Newport, RI. Johnson served as Chief Inspector for the Newport Bermuda Race in 2006 and 2008, and Race Chairman in 2010, and he was the Race Director for the Charleston to Bermuda Yacht Race. Johnson is the Safety and Technical Chairman of the 2015 Trans-Atlantic Race.
“I grew up in a boating family that understood sailing as both a lifestyle and a business, and I’m proud to work with the ORR, because it’s especially important in managing and creating the fairest rating possible for the widest variety of boats,”
Johnson is a member or former member of a number of yacht clubs, several of which he held officer positions, including: New York Yacht Club, Cruising Club of America, Midget Ocean Racing Club Station 5, Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and North American Station of the Royal Scandinavian Yacht Clubs. He is also a member of the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee, CCA Safety at Sea Committee and Offshore Committee of the Bermuda 1-2.