Top three winners announced for inaugural season of 2013 West Coast Championship Series.
The Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) today announced the winners of the inaugural 2013 ORR West Coast Championship Series. The following winners received engraved silver award plates and custom appliqué brag flags.
- First place: Pyewacket, an Andrews 70 of California, owned by Roy P. Disney
- Second place: Alchemy, an Andrews 68 of California, owned by Per Peterson
- Third place: Grand Illusion, a SCZ70 of Hawaii, owned by Edward and James McDowell
"Our congratulations to the Skippers and crews of the winners," said Dick Hampikian, spokesman for the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR). The ORR's Inaugural 2013 West Coast Championship Series welcomed 19 eligible yachts competing in many events, including: The Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Islands Race, Balboa and Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs' Long Point Race Week, Newport Ocean Sailing Association's Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, Newport Harbor Yacht Club's CABO Race, Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race, St. Francis Yacht Club’s Big Boat Series and Trans Pacific Yacht Club's Transpacific Yacht Race.
A big draw for these competitors was the opportunity to compete under the ORR Rule in a variety of races. Mr. Roy P. Disney stated: "We enjoyed racing Pyewacket last year under the ORR rule which is and has been the very best measurement rule for racing in this country. From the 2300 mile Transpac to the around the buoys in other races, there appears to be no fairer rule in place. Well done ORR."
The ORR equalizes competitive boats in competitive events, and as a result, race winners are those crews who work best together and use superior strategy and tactics. The ORR West Coast Series Championship was based on the results of a minimum of 3 of the selected ORR races (see above) and was open to yachts holding a valid 2013 ORR certificate. To qualify, each yacht had to compete in at least one distance race (NHYC Cabo Race, Newport to Ensenada Race and Transpacific Yacht Race). Yachts competing in more than the qualifying number of events saw their worst placing(s) discarded. When races and regattas did not use ORR scoring, the ORR Committee used overlay scoring.