- Get the boat measured—Sign up early and make sure you have the mast weighed if it is already out of the boat. It helps to have the correct weight for the rating.
- Declare your actual crew weight on the certificate—It will aid in getting you the correct rating assessment.
- Maximize fun by getting an ORR Performance Package—This will help you sail your boat to its rated potential. It is fun maximizing the performance—making you and your crew better sailors while learning to get the best performance out of your boat. The ORR Performance Packages interface with your electronics and puts your polars right on the screen. If you work at it, you’ll up your chances for some silver.
- Sail inventory—Look at the historical wind trends of the race and take a risk assessment of the sails you might want to leave home. ORR rating assessments are based on the largest sail in that category. Ask yourself and your sailmaker which sails to bring. Also ask your sailmaker if your boat might benefit from a Large Roach Headsail (LRH), now allowed in all Newport Bermuda Race divisions except the Finisterre. Not all boats can use them effectively.
- Run a trial certificate—This helps in making those risk assessments.
- When in doubt ask questions? The place to start is firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com—two places that can point you in the right direction or give you direct answers about the race or about the ORR handicap system.
Offshore Racing Rule Performance Guide
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