Mills Design are 2022 ORC European Champions in two of the three Classes in Hanko, Norway. In Class A Michael Berghorn’s 45’ Halbtrocken Sailing Team finished with a first to top the podium above two TP 52s. In Class B our Landmark 43 Intermezzo Racing Team of Jens Kuphal also won on the final day, just in front of her sistership White Shadow Sailing Team, which confirmed their 1, 2 on the podium they had held for most of the week, with only one point between them! These results continue our strong form in ORC: Halbtrocken was the 2021 ORC World Champion, while our Landmark 43 design has claimed the ORC World Championship in 2018 and 2016.
Claus Landmark drove his Landmark 43 Santa to a runaway victory in Class B at the inaugural Offshore Sailing Worlds at the Hague. Her sistership White Shadow of Torkel Valland was second, both well clear of the third place finisher. The first event to combine the IRC and ORC World Championships, it was scored using the combined results under each rule, underlining the strength of this Mills Design 43 footer in the light medium conditions that prevailed off the Dutch coast.
Landmark had previously won the 2016 ORC World Championship in Santa, but success here carries twice the sweetness as it represents the first coordinated effort to bring the world’s two major rating systems together at a single event. Designer Mark Mills commented after the event “This provides us with a well controlled trial for comparing the two rating systems, from which we are learning more about crossover opportunities to make our designs more capable under both rules, and perhaps under a unified rule of the future.”