If you think US Sailing is going to administer PHRF, you are delusional. And you don't understand what Tom Beery did for us for over 40 years. As you know the P in PHRF stands for performance. In order to measure performance, you have to gather data from race results. You know, the results someone else sends in for you. Then members of Tom's committee met every quarter to study those results and make recommendations on ratings for boats. It's a local effort. It's was a thankless job. I am sure Tom would let you read the two letters he received in 40 years from guys thanking him for their rating. Tom tried for the last seven years to find a replacement to take over his job. Tom is in his 80s. He had no takers/zero/none from the GYA to take his position.
Presently, the only replacement for PHRF is to let the computer with Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) rate boats based on objective characteristics of the boat. Sail and hull measurements. These programs have been around for years. There are two that are popular ORA and ORC. ORA is the mother ship of ORREz. Tom has been busy working with them to take over his job with a less expensive rating system using VPP. He calls it ORA1. That is the certificate that was mailed to you about a week ago. VPP programs are all we have at present to continue handicap racing. There are several areas using VPP in place of PHRF. I understand that other areas are having similar problems replacing their old PHRF handicappers. Too much effort for too little reward.
There were several attempts in the past to get US Sailing to administer PHRF. They realized it depended a lot on local cooperation of users to make it work. Sending in results, analyzing results, etc. They refused to jump into that snake pit. PHRF is done in the GYA. We need to get over it.
True. In addition to length of course, which they have always done, race committees must be able to determine wind speed and type course sailed for VPP to work If you don’t think you have a race committee that can do that, then you need to develop another.