The Australian Sports Boat Association has adopted SMS™ as its primary rating system. SMS is the Sports Boat Measurement System developed by Yacht Racing Services Association (YRSA). SMS is a derivative of AMS. The SMS Year runs from October 1 to September 30 each year. A boat’s SMS needs to be valid at the time of racing and therefore needs to be re-validated each year.
The SMS ratings are based on measurement of the hull, displacement, and sail measurements of the vessel and a time on time rating is calculated. This rating is applied to the elapsed time of the boat to obtain its corrected time for the race.
SMS has been split off from the rest of the AMS population to allow for development of the system to better recognise the unique characteristics of sports boats. This system will be developed over time to ensure it best meets the needs of sports boat sailors in Australia.
The Australian Sports Boat Association's technical committee discusses feedback from members and presents this to the YRSA Measurement and Handicapping Committee to ensure that the formula is developed through direct input of the Australia sports boat sailing community and The Australian Sports Boat Association members.
All the information on SMS, including online Re-validation of your SMS & the SMS Year Book can be found on the YRSA web site.
To renew your SMS certificate it has to be done online.
Simply go to
From there the applications tab and on the drop down menu.
The top tab labelled re-validate ratings.
Click tab that says re-validate ratings.
A online form will pop up, select/change from AMS to SMS and fill in your details and if there is any change of any details from last certificate.
YRSA will be back to you via email (check your spam/junk box) in a few days and ask for payment. If after a week you have no contact from YRSA, contact ASBA and we will follow it up.
Even if you have not renewed your SMS for some years used the above system first. Any problems email us.
ASBA LTP Handicap
The Australian Sports Boat Association has adopted ASBA LTP as a secondary handicapping system. ASBA LTP is a performance handicap system developed by Top Yacht. A boat’s ASBA LTP Handicap will adjust over the course of an ASBA regatta and recalculated after each ASBA regatta and displayed ready for the next regatta.
The ASBA Handicaps are based on the long-term performance of the Sports Boat. If a Sports Boat does not have a ASBA LTP Handicap a starting handicap will be allocated be the ASBA committee. This handicap is applied to the elapsed time of the boat to obtain its corrected time for the race.
The ASBA has seen a need to create a performance handicap system for the fleet and working with Top Yacht the ASBA LTP Handicap was best suited as it does not just use results over a few races. The long term takes into account results over a longer period of time to make the best average handicap. This takes out the highs and lows that some performance handicaps can have. The Australian Sports Boat Association's committee discusses feedback from members and presents this to the Top Yacht’s Handicapping Committee to get the best out of the handicap system. A list of boats and handicaps have been compiled by Top Yacht. Boats and their handicaps get added and updated by Top Yacht as they sail with the fleet.