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Velocity Prediction Rating System

VPRS enables ballasted monohull yachts to race fairly against one another.

We do this by generating a unique Time Correction Coefficient (TCC) for each boat. Simply record the elapsed time for each yacht at the finish line, then multiply the elapsed time by the yacht's TCC to give the corrected time.

TCCs are calculated using a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP)—software that assesses a boat's potential performance from a simple set of measurements.

VPRS has been proved through testing and racing over 6 years and now offers clubs a single system with the precision demanded by serious racers, at a price with universal appeal: just 20 for any boat.

Originally developed for PYRA it has since been adopted by Parkstone, Poole and Royal Motor Yacht Clubs, the Hardway Sailing Club and the Chichester Cruiser Racing Club.

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NEWS  /  CALENDAR


May 2016
 
Poole Regatta and
VPRS Nationals
After three days of excellent racing we are delighted to report that, in VPRS class 1, first place was taken by Ivor Graham and Brian Thompson in Deity, second was Ed Wilton in Tom Tit and third was awarded to visitors Anthony & Alice Duggan in Phantom. In class 2, first was scooped by Joe Cross in Exposition; Kevin Cross took second in Selene and Simon Redhead came third in Rant n Rave. See the full results here. Well done to all who took part. The 2017 VPRS Nationals will take place in the Solent.
May 2016
 
Poole Regatta and
VPRS Nationals
We have no less than 29 boats - including three sportsboats - entered for the the first VPRS Nationals, taking place over two days of racing on 28-9 May 2016, as part of the Poole Regatta 2016. VPRS Nationals prize giving is Sunday evening at Poole Yacht Club. Good luck to all competitors.
May 2016
 
First VPRS Nationals
The inaugural VPRS Nationals take place over two days of racing on 28-9 May 2016, as part of the Poole Regatta 2016.
Apr 2016
 
Hayling Island SC
We are delighted to announce that Hayling Island Sailing Club has decided to adopt VPRS for the late Sundowner Series. HISC members - please get in touch to get your boat rated asap.
Mar 2016
 
First races of 2016
Poole Yacht Club holds its first races of the 2016 on 6 March, and we are pleased to welcome PYC classes 2 and 3 to VPRS. If you need a certificate and haven't got one yet, please get in touch as soon as possible.
Mar 2016
 
First 2016 certificates published
The first certificates for the 2016 have been published and are available now on the rated yachts page.
Jan 2016
 
Preparations for 2016 season
2015 rating certificates have been moved to the archive page and new pages created to hold ratings for 2016. If you have your boat out of the water why not take the opportunity to check the measurements of underwater appendages?
Dec 2015
 
2016 Poole Regatta
The 2016 Poole Regatta takes place from 28-30 May. Entrants will be able to compete under VPRS or IRC. We will be issuing limited-validity VPRS ratings (valid only for the Regatta) free of charge to visiting boats.
May 2015
 
Yachts & Yachting
Article published in Yachts & Yachting about PYRA and its efforts to get more people racing—in which VPRS plays an important role.
Mar 2015
 
Hardway Sailing Club
We are pleased to announce that following a presentation on 11 March, Hardway Sailing Club in Gosport is trying VPRS for the 2015 season. Hardway members: we will be working through your sailing committee to get your boats measured and rated in time for your first races.
Mar 2015
 
PYRA spring party
PYRA will be holding their usual spring recruitment party at 1900 on 15 March at Parkstone Yacht Club. All boat owners interested in joining PYRA are welcome. It's also a good moment to revalidate your VPRS rating.
Mar 2015
 
2015 Certificates
The first VPRS rating certificates for 2015 were published on 1st March. Don't forget: you must confirm your data AND pay for your certificate, either by joining PYRA, paying through CCRC or direct to us.
Feb 2015
 
Revalidation
As at 23 February a total of 41 boats have revalidated for 2015. With the first races scheduled to start in the next fortnight, please make sure you have both confirmed your boat measurement data with us and paid for your certificate (PYRA and CCRC both include the cost of a VPRS certificate in their membership).
Jan 2015
 
Revalidation
Invitations to revalidate your rating for 2015 were emailed to all active boats on 21 January. Please get in touch if you haven't received yours.
Jan 2015
 
VPRS 2015
We are busy updating the VPRS system ready for 2015. Invitations to revalidate for 2015 will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Jan 2015
 
CCRC adopts VPRS
Following a successful trial in 2014 we are pleased to announce that Chichester Cruiser Racing Club has adopted VPRS for its Alpha fleet. CCRC members: we will be in touch with individual skippers, where we have contact details. Otherwise we will continue to work through your Sailing Committee.
Mar 2014
 
CCRC trial
We are delighted to welcome the Chichester Cruiser Racing Club, which is trying VPRS in 2014. CCRC members: your Sailing Committee should be in touch regarding measurements for your boats. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us.
Mar 2014
 
2014 Revalidation
Revalidation forms for boats rated in 2013 were sent out on 23 February, and the first 2014 ratings were published on 1 March. If you are waiting for a certificate, make sure that you have replied to our revalidation email. If you were expecting a revalidation form but haven't received one, please let us know.
Mar 2014
 
Sail measuring
Sailmaker OneSails GBR at Hamble Point has been added to our list of approved sail measurers.
Feb 2014
 
2014 Revalidation
Pre-filled revalidation forms for boats which were rated last year will be sent out shortly.
Jan 2014
 
Sail measuring
Sail measuring at Poole Yacht Club, 29 January 2014: twelve more yachts have authenticated sail measurements. If you would like to have your sails measured for 2014, please get in touch.
Jan 2013
 
2013 Revalidation
Pre-filled revalidation forms for boats rated last year have been mailed out. If you were expecting one but haven't received it then please let us know.
Dec 2012
 
2013 Application forms
Measurement guide
Revalidation
Application forms for new ratings, and the 2013 measurement guide, are now available for download. There is only one change this year: sail construction will be captured separately for mainsails and headsails. Guidance on making the correct declarations is given on the measurements page.
Revalidation forms for boats with 2012 certificates will be sent out in January.
Nov 2012
 
Parkstone Yacht Club
Classes 2 & 3 adopt
At the recent cruiser class AGM, Parkstone Yacht Club classes 2 and 3 voted for adoption.  All cruiser classes now use VPRS for Monday evening racing, which should simplify the scoring and make the class divisions easier to manage.
Sept 2012
 
Sussex Yacht Club
to trial VPRS
Sussex Yacht Club, which currently rates with a mix of IRC and PY boats, has decided to trial VPRS in 2013. The system will be used to score race results and award prizes across the whole fleet, and if successful, will be adopted from 2014.
May 2012
 
Poole Class 1
moves to VPRS
Poole Class 1, which attracts the bigger boats, has now followed Class 1A and will use VPRS. Class 1A adopted VPRS last year and has seen considerable growth since then. The switch will allow the larger fleet to be divided into a more equitable set of racing classes.
March 2012
 
Stability requirements
for yacht racing
Guidance on stability requirements for yacht racing and manufacturing is drawn from a number of sources, with various different measures used to judge compliance. This can be rather confusing, so a summary page (Stability tab above) explains some of the compliance options for yacht racing.
Jan 2012
 
Revalidation underway
 
Measurement guide revised
 

 
System updated
Revalidation forms are being sent out now. There are some changes - the details are on the measurements page. Certificates for the new season will be issued from the end of February.
 
The measurement guide has been revised - and there is a new upwind-headsail measurement. A set of keel drawings, split into planforms and sections, will give a better idea of surface area and volume distribution. Keel construction materials are listed, and lifting/swing keels and associated hull ballast can be identified.
 
The system software has been amended in line with the above changes as well as the feedback from 2011. Final testing will take place over the next few weeks.
October 2011
 
Rating review
 
VPRS summaries
1 + 2 page
With the 2011 racing season coming to a close, there is plenty of opportunity to gather feedback and to decide on improvements to feed into the VPP models for 2012.  In addition, there will be some minor changes to the measurements and a set of keel diagrams will improve differentiation between keel types.
 
In response to widening interest and some direct requests, a couple of short system summaries are now available - links above.
May 2011
 
Poole Yacht Club
2nd weighing session
A second weighing session took place on Friday 13 May at Poole Yacht Club, again in good weather. An easy half day with only 5 boats to weigh, but well worthwhile, with one recording a gain of 586 kg and another of 14%.
April 2011
 
Poole Yacht Club
weighing session
A weighing session was conducted on Friday 15 April at Poole Yacht Club - in almost perfect conditions. Most of the boats were very well prepared and there were plenty of people freely giving their time to help out. As a result the day was a great success - and with 18 boats weighed - the cost was very reasonable.
March 2011
 
PYRA recruitment
party at Parkstone

 
RMYC Class 2
racing with VPRS

 
VPRS upgrade complete
Ratings now available
PYRA recruitment is underway - if you signed up at the party held at Parkstone Yacht Club then please remember to return your application form well before the first race. The VPRS joining fee has been waived for PYRA members in 2011; full membership includes entry into the system as well as the rating certificate.
 
The Class 2 boats at the Royal Motor Yacht Club (at Sandbanks, near Poole Harbour entrance) will now use VPRS to score their racing - which takes place on Thursday evenings.
 
VPRS has been revised and tested - and the system parameters have been frozen for the new season. Most of the changes relate to sail design, construction and reefing, but moveable ballast is also now accounted for.
February 2011
 
Poole Class 1A
to use VPRS

 

 
Website upgraded
 

 
Parkstone Cruisers AGM
Class 1 adopts VPRS
Class 3 to decide
Poole Class 1A - which races on Tuesday evenings and at the weekend - has decided to use VPRS to score their series. A weighing session, for which a lot of interest has been expressed, is being organised for mid April. This will provide a great opportunity to take a number of additional measurements - and ensure that we have a fair set of ratings early in the season.
 
The website is now ready for the 2011 racing season. The measurement guide is more detailed and there are some additional accompanying diagrams.
For new rating applications, PDF and Excel forms are available for download.
 
A presentation explaining the design and use of the system was given to the Parkstone Cruiser Class at their AGM on 9 February. This was followed by a lively discussion, after which Class 1 voted convincingly to adopt VPRS. As expected, the situation was less clear for classes 2 and 3 which decided to stay with PHHS. However, the debate continued after the meeting and there is now a possibility that class 3 will also adopt.
January 2011
 
VPRS upgrade started
VPRS is being upgraded to recognise the advantages of 'deck sweeper' head - sails and laminated sail construction. The way in which weights are captured will be rationalised - and moveable ballast will be accounted for. Finally, the system will be extensively re-tested, with an emphasis on identifying sensitivities to small errors in the measurement data. Enhancements planned for later in the year will see the prototype VB/Excel platform replaced by something more powerful and maintainable - and there will be some functional additions to the web interface.
December 2010
 
Poole Class 1A
presentation
A presentation was given to Class 1A members at Poole Yacht club to explain the design of VPRS - and the benefits of using it when compared with the other local systems. An interesting discussion followed during which many useful points were raised; some of these will be addressed in the system upgrade this winter.
November 2010
 
PYRA adopts VPRS
across all classes
Finally, after a year of evaluation, and a lively debate at the AGM, PYRA voted to adopt VPRS across all classes - replacing both IRC and PHHS. This had the immediate beneficial effect of simplifying the class structure, with the promise of much more competitive racing in 2011. As a consequence of this decision, there has been greater interest from the individual clubs in Poole harbour.
September 2010
 
Weymouth yacht clubs
express interest
There has been some interest and favourable exchange with the clubs in Weymouth, although we have yet to show the system in any detail.
April 2010
 
VPRS prototype
goes on trial
Having evolved from a personal research project that started more than 3 years ago, into a sophisticated VPP-based yacht rating system, VPRS was finally ready - after months of work over the cold winter months, for the 2010 trial.
October 2009
 
Presentation to
PYRA Committee
In response to concerns about PHHS, Ruth Kelly gave a presentation to the PYRA Committee on rating and handicap systems and introduced the prototype VPRS system as one of the possible alternatives. The committee decided to sponsor further development of the system and to run a trial during the 2010 season.




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