One thing to consider is the ORC "age allowance", which benefits older designs - a j/122 or j/120 gets a nearly .5% scoring allowance over a J/121, for example.If you want to do well in ORC (or pretty much any handicap system), just buy a J122.
This was intended to prevent older boats from being made obsolete by newer designs that were optimized for the rule. But a 12 yr old J/122 is probably faster now than when it came out, with advances in sail design.
That particular J/122 finished in the top 3 and ahead of 5x J/120s and a J/121, in actual time. They also made a good call to go inside Block Island and closed most of the gap with the other two leaders.If you look at the Annapolis to Newport race a relatively poorly sailed J122 beat several very well sailed an optimized boats by a good margin. Speaks volumes to me...
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