ORC Worlds Day 1 start

Kiel, Germany — The 2014 ORC World Championship held off Kiel, Germany next August is already building momentum only two weeks into the opening of the online entry system.

To date almost 40 teams from eight countries have already registered with the organizers at Kieler-Yacht Club, thus nourishing hopes for a racing fleet of over 100 yachts to fight on the waters of the Outer Kiel Fjord for world championship titles awarded in each of three different classes. Competitive teams from over a dozen nations are expected to come to Kiel, suggesting that this edition of the Worlds will be yet another high-caliber event.

Among these is Vincenzo de Blasio’s NM38 Scugnizza from Italy, the reigning ORC World Champion in Class B, and a past ORC

European Class B Champion in 2012. Scugnizza will be returning to the Baltic after winning their first World championship in 2012 in Helsinki, and for 2014 they will be pursuing an unprecedented third World title.

One of the top entries amongst the larger Class A yachts is also from Italy: Giorgio Martin’s TP52 Aniene will set out to win their first World Championship title after succumbing to fellow Italian TP52 Hurakan in this year’s Worlds in Ancona. Aniene also has the credentials to win, being the ORC European Class A Champion in 2012.

But the fight for gold could well turn into a close competition of the spectacular TP52 yachts, since this year’s ORC European Class A title holder, Thomas Nilsson’s Trucknor Wolfpack from Norway will also be in the game, and so will Sweden’s Blixt Pro Sailing, who was the 2012 Worlds Class A runner-up.

A number of other ORC World and ORC European medal-winning teams are also listed among the entries, of which currently 19 are from Germany. Teams from outside Germany are coming from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Hong Kong, with more expected to sign up in the next few months.

Among the favored German teams to win medals when they race on home waters next summer is the current ORC German national champion, Karl Dehler’s Dehler 38C Sporthotel from Greifswald, as well as the 2010 Class B World champion Jens Tschentschner’s X-332 Sport Patent 3 from Lübeck. The two local-based silver medallists from the 2010 Worlds in Flensburg – Torsten Bastiansen’s XP 38 Veolia and Johann Friedrichsen’s X-332 Chinook – will also be strong contenders.

For more information on the 2014 ORC Worlds, visit www.orcworlds2014.com.

For more information about Kieler-Yacht Club, visit www.kyc.de.

For more information on ORC rules, ratings, products and services, visit www.orc.org.