The Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association (GMORA) is pleased to announce a new series and trophy. It's for single- and double-handed crews, with a focus on distance racing, and it's made possible through the generosity of Bruce Schwab, the first American to officially complete the Vendee Globe race.
The Ocean Planet Shorthanded Racing Trophy will be awarded to the eligible yacht with the highest CHIPS score that races with a shorthanded crew in GMORA sanctioned events.
To be eligible, a yacht must:
# Race with a crew of no more than two (2) in its qualifying races.
# Register as a racing yacht with a shorthanded crew in each
qualifying event. Racing in a division of shorthanded yachts is required if
the event has a special division for shorthanded yachts. Multihull yachts
that meet all the requirements are considered eligible. Yachts racing in the
cruising division are not eligible.
# Race short handed at least six (6) race days, including at least one
race 65 NM or longer.
# Best six (6) days count, but at least one race 65 NM or longer must
be counted for the number of days specified.
More information will be posted soon at www.gmora.org
as our new web site continues to evolve. Start making your plans now to compete in this exciting new series!
(GMORA also has a page on Facebook).
The following races have historically offered a short-handed division, and we are working on adding more to this list (any GMORA-sanctioned race can count, even if it doesn't have a separate short-handed division, but who wants to race short-handed against crewed boats?):
# Rockland Yacht Club's Downeast Challenge Race, Marblehead to Rockland, ~135nm, counts as 2 race days, starting July 24.
# Portland Yacht Club's Monhegan Regatta, starting August 13. The double-handed racers typically sail the ~70nm course, counts as two race days.
# Centerboard Yacht Club's Northeast Harbor Race, Portland to Northeast Harbor, ~120nm, counts as 2 race days, starting August 27.
# Rockland Yacht Club's Maine Rocks Shorthanded Race, ~113nm, counts as 2 race days, starting September 18.
All of these races should be open to Mini's as long as they have a PHRF-NE rating and are compliant with Offshore Special Regulations Category 3 standards....