All SAMM racing is under the British RYA Portsmouth Yardstick Handicap System
We have had a very difficult time deciding on the handicap adjustments for this season as the results last year fluctuated widely. We have therefore used the full change suggested by the system, not a figure of 50% of that between the last PN used and the new PN recommended as we have in the past. For boats of the same class we have averaged the suggested handicap. We are still not certain these are correct so will review all handicaps after every four races.
If your boats handicap has not changed it is either because no change was suggested or you did not compete in sufficient races to provide enough results needed for the calculations.
Crew numbers can differ without penalty but we discourage two man boats being sailed single handed as this distorts our calculations.
Important Note: If a boat is available with different sails then each sail plan will have a different PN (see Laser 1which 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 1 March 2018