Sweden. Progress continues in the ORC GP Classes Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Sten Edholm:


The ORC GP Classes continue their progress. The GP 42 is leading the way with two boats in the water, one from Italy designed by Farr and the other from Croatia designed by Botin/carkeek. Others will soon follow from many different countries and continents.

The International GP 42 Association was formed in Valencia in September.

Filippo Faruffini (IT) was elected President, with Jan Santana (ESP), Michael Unsworth (UK) and Chris Shining (US) being members of a Steering Committee.

The Spanish Federation has supported the GP42 Class, transferring to this Class for 2007 the racing circuit and title that was allocated for the last few years to the IMS 600 Class. This led to several new constructions being started.

The provisional 2007 racing calendar will tentatively include an opening event in Cres, Croatia, 21-23 June, within the IMS European Championship, another in Valencia 13-15 July within the Trofeo de la Reina, then in Palma de Majorca 28 July-5 August within the Copa del Rey and Cascais August 30-September 1st within the Trofeu Quebramar. Additional regattas are also considered in Cala Galera (Italy), St Tropez (France) and Puerto Calero (Canary Islands). The 2008 races are foreseen to start in Key West and Miami. There have been a few amendments to the GP 42 measurement procedures, but the fundamentals of the Rule are intended to be frozen until 31st Dec 2010.

Regarding the other GP classes, the first GP 26 has been built in Italy by Giorgio Grassi for buyer Giuseppe Giuffre, and others have started in South America. The GP 33 is showing interest in South America, and several other fleets are showing an increasing interest.

The ORC Management Committee has agreed to extend the same concept of One- Design IMS certificates to the GP Classes. This means that for each one of the GP classes every year a "Class" IMS certificate will be issued, that will be the identical for all boats belonging to the class, and will enable GP boats to participate in handicap events without requiring a full IMS measurement.

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