(Sigh) "Slam"?! I paraphrased the smartest man in sailing (Stan Honey) who says, "PHRF is wonderful, but..." Not exactly a slam. I don't expect PHRF to ever go away, nor do I think it should. But its limitations need to be acknowledged and it should only be used when appropriate. That was the point of the flyer quote.
Truth: ORR-Ez hasn't been a hard sell at all. There was a pent-up demand for an alternative to PHRF. In every event where we've offered both ORR-Ez and PHRF divisions (a common practice around the country), the bulk of the fleet has opted for ORR-Ez.
Truth: The number of Gulf Coast ORR-Ez certs has been very consistent since its introduction in 2019, despite COVID. I anticipate the number will grow in the coming years as more sailors understand the benefits.
Truth: The GYA will not likely let NOYC handle all PHRF ratings, but be careful what you wish for!
Annapolis YC has an ORC division in their popular WNR series (which is mostly PHRF & OD). You might poll your WNR fleet about providing an ORR-Ez class.