This has become a lottery having talked to one of the PHRF panel about this today there are some very serious issues of concern .I have also talked to NZ highest qualified international measure who is now retired and someone involved in this 30 years ago with a contentious boat called Positive Touch .
1. There is a designer on the panel. This is a straight out conflict of interest and he should be removed immediately .
2 How the boats are calculated through their PHRF is just by Guess this is a joke .How they used to be done is very simple if the medium displacement is X them boats with a higher power to weight ratio suffer a % penalty. boats that were fractional but had Mast hide kites suffered another % penalty if the calculated average draft for a boat is x and a boat had the same ballast but the draft was another 15% deeper it suffered another % penalty .Boats with an over length spinnaker pole greater than 100% of it mast to bow suffered another % penalty .This how it should be done.
At present they look at the boat and guess it, for example A boat with a alloy rig no square top main and limited sail inventory will be penalized over a boat with the same draft square top main but has a heavier displacement by 500kg Code zero and plethora of sails .
Its Time to kick this system to the curb or start applying the system properly