INTENT: To group similarly equipped boats for objectively scored high quality handicap racing. As the number of entries will allow, the fleet will be divided into classes. The rules for sailing under the ORC scoring system may be found here:


The ORC rules in the above link are modified and reiterated by ORC of the Chesapeake for ORC Performance Cruiser classes as follows:

1) A valid ORC Standard or ORC Non-Spinnaker certificate is required. Certificates may be of either ORC Club or ORCi format. ORC Double Handed and ORC Multihull certificates are not permitted (unless used for a Double Handed or Multihull event).

2) In the case of boats which have both ORC Standard and Non-Spinnaker certificates which participate in ORC Performance Cruiser events using both types of certificates in the same year, each type of certificate will be scored independently for the ORC of the Chesapeake Championship.

Example: A J/120 named "Rainbow" competes throughout the season with both their Standard and Non-Spinnaker certificates depending upon crew availability. The ORC of the Chesapeake Championship will score Rainbow (Standard) and Rainbow (Non-Spinnaker) separately as if it were two different boats.

3) Yacht must be classified as an IMS Cruiser/Racer on it’s valid ORC certificate.

4) Headsails: One Luffed Headsail with an area greater than 90% of the foretriangle may be flown each race. There are no restrictions on the use of headsails which are smaller than 90% of the foretriangle area. The full length of the luff of this headsail must be secured or fastened to the forestay or inner forestay. No more than one headsail may be flown at a time. Spinnaker staysails are not permitted.

5) Spinnakers: One spinnaker may be flown each race. Spinnaker maximum girth must be greater than 85% of the length of the foot of the sail.

6) Additional Permitted Sail: Each boat is permitted to use one(1) additional sail from one of the three following descriptions:

A) Headsail Set Flying (maximum girth less than 75% of the length of the foot of the sail)

B) Code 0 (maximum girth of 75% or greater, but less than 85% of the length of the foot of the sail)

C) Spinnaker (maximum girth greater than 85% of the length of the foot of the sail)

7) For all races sailed entirely north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel any crew member who has not reached their 14th birthday will not be counted toward the yachts permitted crew weight.

8) Owner/skipper affirms that the boat is sailed in compliance with the valid ORC certificate and these modifications.

9) Professional Sailors: a maximum of one (1) Category 3 sailor may be onboard who may not steers unless the Category 3 sailor is an owner of the boat.

Should you have any questions concerning sailing in ORC Performance Cruiser, please contact John White john@whitehallannapolis.com