With a greater push to make sailing more accessible to older DBSC members who can't sail Lasers anymore, we want to revolutionise Big Boat sailing by changing the IMS rules (and IRC and IOR rules) to provide a proper competition for all yacht owners.
After many person-years of research, and consultation with leading scientific and operations research firms, it was determined that the best measurement system for yachts be based on its market value as determined by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) and priced using Special Drawing Right(“SDRs"). The system is to be known as the "DBSC Corrected Time."
A practical use of this rule can be illustrated when we apply DBSC Corrected Time to two yachts with a close connection to Sydney Harbour, Comanche and Red October, sailing the typical north-east course on Sydney Harbour.
Comanche is a US$30m super-maxi and applying the new rule makes it DBSC Corrected Time 30x the elapsed time: ((price in US$/1,000,000)=30, and rounded to the closest whole number.
Red October, a nano-maxi designed by Sweden's Per Brohall and built by the globally renowned Hill & Cameron, will have a corrected time 1x elapsed time as the last known market price was A$421 (eBay in June 2014).
While Red October may sail a 18s' NE-course in 3 hours, Comanche would have to do it in 6 minutes to win. Commenting on fairness of the new rule, Comanche’s co-owner Kristy Clark-Hinze said:
“DBSC Corrected Time is the fairest handicapping system in the world. If we can’t beat Red October on DBSC Corrected Time, it is either very poor sailing on our part, or we spent too much money. I'm personally going to lobby every yacht club from New York, to San Francisco to Sardinia to Cowes for them to adopt DBSC Corrected Time"