NOR Rating works on behalf of boat owners and sailors racing with cruisers and performance keel boats in Norway. Races may take place on short courses in sheltered waters, as distance races along the coast or offshore. A certificate issued by NOR Rating allows boats of various designs to compete under rating rules, also known as handicaps. Boats range in size from 25 to 50 feet and above.
Local Yacht Clubs
Races are organized by local yacht clubs and are regularly announced on the clubs’ websites. Some are also announced on the Manage2Sail portal or Sailracesystem.no. Yacht clubs in Norway are located along the coast, from the Swedish border in the South-East to the area of the Oslofjord, along the Norwegian South to the fjords and scattered islands of the West Coast, past the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands and beyond.
NOR Rating promotes sail racing under rating rules by issuing national rating certificates. These comply with Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) Club rules. NOR Rating also issues ORCi certificates for international events. NOR Rating supports its members through information on topics related to racing and assists yacht clubs in organising races.
NOR Rating is formally a class club, counting 1000-1200 member boats, within the Norwegian Sailing Federation, Norges Seilforbund (NSF). NOR Rating is governed by a board elected biannually by its members. Practical tasks, particularly the issuing of certificates, are performed by personnel at NSF Service Office.
Want to race in Norway?
Assuming you are already a member of a World Sailing-affiliated yacht club in your home country and have a registered boat with national sail numbers, you only have to acquire a NOR Rating Club certificate and sign up for a race.
Prepare well in advance. Usually, when a valid certificate from a national rating system is provided, a NOR Rating Club certificate may be bought without a full remeasuring of the boat. A valid ORCi certificate may be used when it is explicitly announced that such certificates are eligible for the race.
Service Office of the NSF
The NOR Rating class rules are not translated into English. However, a boat sailing in accordance with the ORC Rating System Rules Sec. 2 - "Rules applying while racing" - will always comply with NOR Rating rules during the race.