The Offshore Racing Association and Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race announce the use of the Offshore Racing Rule for the Cove Island Course.
NEWPORT, R.I. - Jan. 20, 2016 - PRLog -- The Bayview Yacht Club Mackinac Race Authorityannounced today that the Notice of Race (NOR) has been published and race registration is open for the 2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. With this NOR comes the use of the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) for the Cove Island Course.
The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) and the ORR are excited to have been chosen by the Mackinac Race Authority and confirmed by the Bayview Yacht Club Officers as the rule of choice for the Cove Island Course. “We are thrilled to become an integral part of the 92nd running of the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race,” said Bjorn Johnson, ORA Executive Director. Mackinac Race Authority (MRA) Chairman Commodore Tom Meier added, “The MRA is confident that the move to ORR will give our competitors a fun and fair race for all.”
The Offshore Racing Rule is used in such classic races as the TransPac Race, Newport Bermuda Race, Chicago Mackinac Race, Pacific Cup, Puerto Vallarta Race, Rolex Big Boat, MEXORC, SoCal 300 and many other important offshore races. According to Kyle Burleson, 2016 Mack Race Chairman, “This is the first time that ORR is a mandatory rule for Division I boats. Boats typically racing in Division I are bigger and faster and we believe that ORR will be a welcome development for those competitors.”
Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club in Michigan and the Midwest. Located on the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair, it has been hosting the Bayview Mackinac Race since 1925 and has more than 1,000 members. The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) founded in 2006, is the owner and developer of the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), High Performance Rule (HPR) and Offshore Racing Rule-easy (ORR-ez).