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My name is don Peake, and I own a 1982 Dehler Db1 named Victory. I purchased her new in 1982 and have enjoyed a good deal of success racing her. I just saw your message from jan 2004. I hope that you you too have won some regattas, but if you are intrested, I do have some insight into the "Good Ole Boys" at PHRF.
The Db1 was constructed to compete and win the World 3/4 ton championships, which she DID in 1980 and 1981. These races were held in Europe.The Db1 dominated the World racing circuit for many years, winning the Fastnet, Cowes Week, Keil Week, SORC Miami to Nassau,and they still win or place high 23 years later.
The PROBLEM is, that the Db1 was designed by Kees Von Tegrin for Van De Stadt to race in a MEASURED rating system. 3/4 ton is a definite formula. The IOR was an honorable system, run just like the Olympics. PHRF is a system where the Boys look at your boat and say "Gee she looks fast, lets give her a 100" Then they want you to go out and race with a bad rating and show them that you are slower than the rating that they have arbitrarily assigned to you. Also, as you mentioned, the ratings vary from region to region. The Db1 sails well above her 3/4 ton rating. I have beaten 1 Tonners in a good breeze. I hope that you will respond, I am very interested in your successes. Remember, Sail your own race, don''t try to point up with the Masthead rigs. The same downwind. Crack off and go fast.