Bellerive Yacht Club’s innovative move to include the inaugural Tasmanian AMS (Australian Measurement System) championship in this month’s Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta could lead to a national championship in 2020, says prominent BYC skipper Jeff Cordell.
Cordell was speaking as one of three sailors who helped launch the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta at the club on Thursday, 31 January.
He was joined by International Cadet Australian champion Hugo Allison and Lucy Rees, a crew member of Melbourne to Hobart winning yacht Whistler. All three will be competing in the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta.
“I commend BYC’s initiative in promoting AMS as a club friendly, more affordable rating system and I believe this championship will attract more yacht owners to have their yachts measured,” Cordell told a gather of BYC members, representatives of other clubs and the media.
“Having an AMS rating is a step towards IRC, the rating system used to decide the overall winners of the Sydney Hobart, Launceston to Hobart and the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster races.
“With so many yachts here in Hobart after this year’s 75th Sydney Hobart it will be a great time to stay on for the Australian Yachting Championships on the Derwent, do some cruising and stay on for the 2020 Crown Series, possibly including an Australian AMS championship,” added Cordell.
Cordell, a veteran of 30 years of keelboat racing, will skipper his modified Mumm 36 B&G Advantage in the Crown Series, over the weekend of 15-17 February, competing in the AMS championships.
“One of the major concepts of this regatta has been to attract owners of cruiser/racer and even cruising yachts to take part in a competitive event and, in this respect, it has always been known as a ‘PHS Regatta.’
“However, it also attracts a high calibre fleet racing under IRC and this year we hope to have very competitive AMS racing in several divisions,” Cordell said.
Cordell told guest that AMS was introduced in Victoria in 2007-2008 as a new rating (handicap) system that would be more affordable than other rules.
“AMS grew quickly throughout the Victorian fleets and was introduced to Hobart in 2009. The uptake has been astounding, with over 50 boats being measured,” added Cordell, a staunch supporter of this rating system.
“Like other rating rules, AMS allows each yacht to compete on a level playing field with a time correction factor (TCF) calculated by using a mathematical formula based on hull, rig and sail measurements,” Cordell stressed.
If owners need to revalidate their 2017 AMS certificate, a speedy renewal can be anticipate by completing the revalidation link at http://www.raceyachts.org/application-form/re-validate-ratings
In addition to AMS, yachts in the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta will compete under AMS, IRC and PHS rating categories. So far, keelboats entries exceed 30 boats.
The Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2019 will also see some keen one-design racing in SB20 sports boats and classic International Dragons while big fleets of International Cadets, Lasers, Optimists and 29-skiffs are expected.
The SB20s will be racing for their Tasmanian State championships with a fleet of 15 to 30 boats expected.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Campbell, Peter Watson
5 February 2019