The Offshore Racing Council was the governing organization for the world offshore regatta in Cres, Croatia. There is not an ORC governing body in the USA so the ORC regattas had never had a USA built boat with a USA flag in their regattas. In Spring of 2010 the Grateful Red was measured by an ORC measurer at Port Napoleon – qualifying the Grateful Red for the ORC worlds in Cres. We had a worldwide crew of Wendell, Ken and Charlie from the USA and team Holland of Leneke, Jeroen and Clarissa from the Netherlands, Trouble…no wind at the regatta. In the 80 mile offshore overnight race the TP52 racing machines with professional crews averaged less than two knots. The Grateful Red had sterring linkage issues and did not participate in the overnight. Team Holland lead by Jeroen and Clarissa, had a part fabricated on site and repaired the linkage. The Grateful Red raced the last day, only regatta day with winds over five knots, and beat a few boats. Success!
The Traditional Class “wooden boats over 16 meters in length” had 44 participants. There was a ten boat Wooden 12-meter class. American Cup boats. 288 boats overall in the regatta. Crew of Leneke, Clarissa and Jeroen as the Dutch contingent with Teri, George, Kristine and Ken had difficulties in finding the correct course among many courses in the sailing instructions. Finally on the last day, sailed the correct course and beat boats. A great finish to a terrific racing season!
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