CRUISER CLASS RATINGS
Posted January 31, 2017
The classes and handicap system(s) for a regatta/race are specified by the Organizing Authority (yacht club) in the Notice of Race (NOR) and Sailing Instructions (SIs). For Cruiser Class they may be any of the systems listed below. Use the appropriate link to get a rating for your boat.
- PHRF Ratings http://www.phrfsocal.org/ For the 2017 Sunset Series California Yacht Club will be using PHRF ratings for the cruising division.
- MDR Cruising Class (previously known as ASMBYC Cruiser Class) http://mdr-cruising.racingrules.org/. For the 2017 Stein Series Del Rey Yacht Club is using MDR Cruising Class ratings.
- The Organizing Authority’s (Club’s) proprietary system
Each of the classes/systems has its own rules. The Racing Rues of Sailing require Organizing Authorities and competitors to comply with the rules of the class/system.
The purpose of ASMBYC is…”to promote and support the principals, spirit, and objectives of Corinthian yachting and its related activates on Santa Monica Bay.” To this end ASMBYC facilitates access to cruiser rating information, but ASMBYC is not a handicapping authority and does not write the rules for Cruising, or any other, racing class.
From 2014 through Nov. 2016 “ASMBYC Cruiser Ratings” were available on this web site. These ratings were unavailable in Dec & Jan, but going forward will be available as “MDR Cruising Class” ratings on the independent web site listed above. For convenience the “2016 ASMBYC Cruiser Ratings” are below. These 2016 ratings are the same as the 2016 ratings that are on the “MDR Cruising Class” web site.
If you have any question or need assistance contact the ASMBYC Cruiser Fleet Rep.
Note to Race Chairs
In researching ASMBYC Cruiser Ratings it became apparent that some Race Chairs are not familiar with what comes along with using a rating system. The short answer is: All of the system’s rules. Here’s how it happens….
The first document an Organizing Authority (Club) publishes for a regatta/race is the Notice of Race and Item #1 in the NOR says: “The regatta will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing” (RRS). There are 7 parts (a to g) to the RRS Definition of Rule and d is: “the class rules (for a boat racing under a handicap or rating system, the rules of that system are ‘class rules’). Thus, by definition the rules of the rating system govern the regatta/race.
RRS 86 addresses how the rules may be changed, but what about class/rating system rules? Changes to Class Rules are covered separately in RRS 87 which says: “The notice of race and sailing instructions may change a class rule only when the class rules permit the change, or when written permission of the class association is displayed on the official notice board.”
The bottom line is it’s prudent to be familiar with the rules of the classes that compete in your regattas. Not only are the competitors bound by these rules but so are the Organizing Authority and Race Committee (RRS 85). If there’s something in the class rules that’s not compatible with a regatta the rule, or the regatta, needs to be changed.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
ASMBYC Cruiser Fleet Representative