Mass Bay started promoting ORR-ez events last year and we're continuing into 2019 in the same vein. ORA has expanded its ez reach into the chesapeake, southern florida, and the gulf coast as well as a smattering of Maine and California. There are many things to recommend ez in my opinion, not the least of which is rating the boat at different wind speeds and courses. I've attached my 2019 cert as an example.:wacko:
Gotta love PHRF. That's one reason I still sail class boats.
I think Ryley is starting to do some ORR events on the East Coast. Perhaps he can chime in on his experience with so far.
the 2019 version of ez is much improved over 2018 in my opinion. for one thing, the entire country is using the same courses and wind ranges, while retaining the custom ratings that some areas use like So Cal and Bayview Mac. This makes the certificate portable to any area. Also for this year, we are able to declare the max crew weight we'll be sailing with, higher or lower than the default, to more accurately reflect the way people sail their boats. lastly, (and this applied last year too), ORA does a good job of rationalizing the ratings against national PHRF averages and they take the time to try to figure out why boats rate faster (or slower) in ez than in PHRF when they differ by more than about 9spm. Last year we had about 390 certs country-wide by the end of the season with Mass Bay making up 205 of them - this year, we're already up to 151 certs overall and cold places haven't started racing yet.
There is a little more work for the RC because you have to decide on a wind strength, and different RC's have taken different approaches, but overall it's not that difficult. We did a survey at the end of the year that showed overall positive reception on the behalf of racers, OAs, and crew with the way ez performed. Of the 46 weekend races on our schedule, all but about 9 are ez races for 2019.
ez isn't perfect, but it's pretty good and it does a good job of reflecting that 1 rating can't cover everything. I think SoCal got it partly right issuing different ratings for buoy and downwind, but still that doesn't take into account wind speed. One nice thing about ez is that you can get a very basic target table cheap because they have to generate your VPP anyway, so the cost basically covers the formatting and distribution.
ymmv, but it's exactly this seemingly arbitrary and undocumented, untraceable nature of PHRF adjustments that led us to switch.
View attachment R2ORR-ez2019.pdf