For season 2023-2024 the Victorian Trailable Yacht Division (V-TYD) of Australian Sailing does not recommend the adoption of the ‘New’ Australian Sailing CBH System in the state of Victoria. It is recommended that clubs/associations continue to use the ‘Old’ CBH ratings.
As per the “Australian Class Based Handicap (CBH) Rating System” the use of the new CBH system is recommended, however clubs/associations and other organising authorities can run racing under any system they feel appropriate.
The primary reason for this is that the V-TYD believes that the new system will hinder rates of participation in the state of Victoria. The drivers for this recommendation are outlined below:
Whilst we acknowledge the good intent of the new CBH Ratings, from the outset the V-TYD has been consistent in its position that when we requested a review of the old CBH system. Primary messages from V-TYD to AS were:
It is the V-TYD’s preferred position that we are in step with AS and the CBH system, but it seems that the needs of Victorian Trailable racers must differ from other states. Through a deep understanding of our community and stakeholders through a wide cross section of clubs and associations being part of the V-TYD, we believe adopting the new CBH rating system will be detrimental to participation.
Finally, it is acknowledged by the V-TYD that the sports boat community has a long history of performance optimisation, modification, and one-of-a-kind build boats. We believe the new CBH system is suitable for these boats and have encouraged Victorian sports boat sailors to adopt.
For reference a copy of the 2019 Australian Trailable Yacht and Sports Boat Rule ratings are attached.