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New applications / system demonstration

Applications for new ratings are welcome - and there are no longer any joining fees. If you would like to know more about VPRS before considering it for your club or racing class, then we'd be happy to answer any questions. Alternatively, we could arrange a visit to your club to present the system to a wider audience - see the contact details below to get in touch.

How to apply

To apply for a rating, you will need to complete an application or revalidation form - please contact us if you want help with this. The form can then either be emailed or posted to us. If you are not joining PYRA as a full member, then you will also need to send a payment; address, email and payment details are given below.

All the information needed to complete an application form is given on the measurement page and this should be consulted before making a start. Some measurements must be taken with the vessel ashore, whilst others cannot be completed before re-launch. A significant number of measurements are likely to be readily available - from the sail maker, with the vessel documentation, from another rating certificate, or taken from a 'sister ship' for example. So, before setting off with a tape measure, you may find it helpful to ...
  • print an application form
  • determine what you actually need to measure, then ...
  • read through the relevant parts of the measurement guide
  • have a look at the accompanying diagrams - it may be helpful to take printed copies
  • consult the 'VPRS data sources' section
  • take a couple of plumb-bobs and a spirit level
  • Remember that VPRS is a purely measurement-driven rating system - there is no adjustment to the calculated rating. It is therefore worth making careful measurements in order to get the fairest rating possible. It is also important to indicate the source of each measurement on the application form, as this will guide any subsequent review where a rating appears to be out of line with expectations.

    If anything seems unclear then please ask us for advice. In addition, as we are situated between Lymington and Poole, we can assist with weighing and measuring at locations anywhere from the Solent to Weymouth.

    There are links on the measurement page to download an application form - and there are PDF and Excel versions. The Excel version can be completed at a computer and emailed, or a printed application form can be posted to the rating office. Don't forget to include any required payment.

    Annual revalidation

    VPRS is continuously under review and will be updated between seasons in response to feedback and evaluation to ensure that observed performance is closely modelled by the system. The ratings for all yachts will be recalculated annually.

    Revalidation coincides with the calendar year; pre-filled revalidation forms will be distributed in December or early January. To revalidate, please review the completed form, clearly indicating any amendments - and then either return in the post or via email. If you are not a PYRA member, then you will also need to send a payment; contact and payment details are given below.

    Pricing structure

    For PYRA only: full membership now includes an annual rating certificate. Otherwise, VPRS is priced as follows:

    Annually Rating certificate issue (any size yacht) 20
    Additional certs (alternative configuration) 10 each
    Subsequent trial certificates / re-rating 2 free per season
    Further trial certificates / re-rating 10 each
    Measuring Hourly rate 30
    Travel 0.50 per mile

    Travel time in excess of one hour will be charged at the same rate as measuring.

    Attendance at weighing is priced as for measuring, but owners will need to make arrangements for crane and load cell hire. See the measurement page for important advice when weighing.

  • Please make cheques payable to Ruth Kelly and send them to the rating office.
  • Electronic transfers can be made via BACS:
  • In either case, please identify the vessel(s) against which payments are being made.
  • Rating Office contact details

    To arrange to have a yacht rated, to get some advice on measurement, to discuss a rating or to give feedback on VPRS, please contact either Ruth or William.

    You can contact the VPRS rating office by the following means ...
  • Telephone: 07808 878373
  • Post: 42 Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5AH
  • web contact form
  • - which sends email to:

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