(Tallinn, Estonia)- The 2021 ORC World Sailing Championship took place on the Baltic Sea, sailed off the beautiful, historic seaside city of Tallinn, Estonia. A large fleet of 100+ offshore racing sailboats from across Europe were enthusiastically looking forward to their first major offshore sailing event in what was once a Soviet Russia “satellite” nation in the Baltic States. By far the largest division in the event was the sixty-three-boat ORC C Division that included two J/112E’s.
A total of 104 entries from 12 nations were registered for competing in three classes, each with its own World Champion titles and awards, on August 9-14 in Tallinn, Estonia.
The format called for a long offshore race in the Baltic to start August 9, finishing the following day. Then on August 11-12, short inshore racing was held on four course areas near Tallinn. On August 13 there was a short offshore race finishing the same day, concluding on August 14 with more inshore racing.
Amidst this pressure, one team emerged triumphant, winning every race within their Blue group: Juss Ojala’s J-112E MATILDA 4 from Estonia.
Congratulations to ORC World Sailing Champions in Class C: Juss Ojala’s J-112E MATILDA (EST) and crew of Marek Harjak, Karlo Hmeljak, Joachim Aschenbrenner, Arne Vest, Kelly Vest, Priit Berkmann, Christopher Juul, and Felix Andresen.
“We prepared carefully for racing and were fighting for every second,” said MATILDA 4’s owner- Mr. Ojalo. “Having the conditions vary from light winds up to a building breeze allowed us to round the upwind marks first in each race and from there on we steadily grew the lead. It was simply about super teamwork, super starts, and magical sailing. Our motivation is really high and three bullets today raised our incentive to fight hard to the end.”
Even though tied on points, MATILDA 4 claimedg the Gold (with most 1sts), SUGAR 3 Silver and TEAM PRO4U Bronze. As a result, the J/112E has yet again proven to be the “boat-to-beat” under IRC or ORC competition at a World-class level- now a repeat European IRC Champion and repeat ORC World Champion!