HANDICAPS

Handicaps

All SAMM racing is under the British RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap System
(see http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/portsmouthyardstick.aspx).

We have again had a very difficult time deciding on the handicap adjustments as the Spring results fluctuated widely. We have therefore used all the race result figures, including those normally discarded, and used a PN of 50% of that between the last PN used and the new PN recommended. For boats of the same class we have averaged the handicaps. We are still not certain these are correct so will review all handicaps after every four races.

If a boats handicap has not changed it is either because it has sailed to its handicap or did not compete in sufficient races to provide enough results needed for the calculations.

Two man boats sailed single handed distorts our calculations so this is discouraged.

Important Note: If a boat is available with different sails then each sail plan will have a different PN (see Laser 1 which has the option of a standard sail PN 1097, the Radial sail PN 1139 and the 4.7 sail PN 1200). We are removing the need for boats to compete using the same sail configuration the whole season (except see below for spinnaker) but if the sails are changed, the handicap used will always be that which is the lowest. The results achieved will affect the future PN adjustment calculations so, if changing the sail improves overall performance during the series, the handicap will be forced lower.

The different handicap for the use of a spinnaker has been retained at 3% difference to the norm in line with RYA guidelines.  However each boat with a spinnaker option must declare if it will use its spinnaker before the first time it races and the reduced PN number will be used throughout the season. If a boat declares that it will not use its spinnaker and does so in a race, it will be disqualified.

Handicaps effective from 30 September 2018