Universal Measurement System
US Sailing is setting a new course for the future of big boat rating services. In 2012, the Offshore Department introduced the concept of a Universal Measurement System to the international racing community where it was met with widespread approval. While many rating rule measurements are common to the IRC, ORR, PHRF and HPR rules, each rule also has unique measurement requirements. The UMS enables the collection of all measurement data at one time and allow access to ratings information and certifications under any rule at the click of a button. Racers will be able to participate in any race, governed by any participating rule, without the expense and inconvenience of multiple measurements. The design and build-out of the UMS System began in 2012. The first milestone has been met and now US Sailing has the capability to process and issue PHRF certificates. Two fleets are already using this capability.