Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Portland, OR
Thanked 58 Times in 57 Posts
Rep Power: 20
Re: A dynamic PHRF system?
PHRF can work well, but we have found that local sailing politics overpowers it, around here, for decades.
To have better competition with less hassle, a local club was formed here in 1978 around the idea of one design (OD) racing. At that time three local fleets came together to incorporate the club. These were all 20 to 22 foot ballasted boats. It was really excellent racing. Since it was mostly all families, the social factor was huge too.
The club kept attracting new members who inevitably sailed larger boats with not enough to put 5 on a starting line.
Soon they added Level Fleets, where a group of boats was assigned by general performance potential... using known PHRF numbers and local knowledge. This flourished and that club is still going strong with about a hundred boats.
Given that on short course racing any tiny mistake you make at a mark will undo a considerable difference in rating numbers (!), this has provided fair racing. At least as "fair" as most all handicap racing ever is.
Best of all, you sail your boat as well as you can, and all the finishes are "WYSIWYG". When you get the horn you know exactly what you finish position is.