Handicaps for 2020

I have been looking at our White Sail handicaps relative to boats from other clubs.

In theory they should all be on a par but somehow our boats were grouped at the end of the Regatta WS fleet. On one hand the boats that beat us were generally fast designs and sailed by experienced skippers, most of whom have raced fairly seriously in the port for many years. On the other hand a good handicap system should average out results across all boats in the port.

I conducted an analysis of the Regatta results and the average corrected time for all boats was 02:15:49 whereas the average corrected time for CYC boats was 02:23:47 ie some 5.5% greater.

If "extreme performers' ie first and last boats are excluded from each group the average corrected time for all boats is 02:15:47 and for CYC boats is 02:22:20, in other words much the same; 4.5% greater.

Overall, and wearing my cap as PPSA Handicapper, my view is that our White Sail handicaps should be reduced by a global 5% to start next year. I think this will go some way for our boats to compete on parity next year in Regatta 2020. Of course this doesn't affect the relative performance of our boats in our own series.

Accordingly our revised WS handicaps to start our 2020 challenge are attached.

Hope this is clear but if anyone wants me to amplify the rationale, please get in touch.

Best Wishes
Tony Head


Final Results for 2019

Congratulations are due to David Wheatley for coming first in the Regatta, and also first overall in his Stratos 978. David's success overall was highly deserved; he was consistent, being the only challenger to enter all events, achieving 3 firsts in the process. His skill and consistency also meant he was able to keep ahead of our handicap system which is designed to steadily nobble fast performers!

Next, special mention must be made of Martin Worth who came second in (on?) his trimaran SPARKS. This boat is not the easiest to beat to windward in light winds and strong tides yet Martin has persisted, sailing in all but one event and achieving 2 firsts. In the long beat from the Sound to Cargreen during the Regatta he didn't give up in spite of tangling with a French nuclear submarine on the way and after 3 and half hours having to struggle against a developing ebb stream.

Andrew Butcher was third overall in AELEA. It was bad luck that Andrew could not take part in the Regatta as, having led on points most of the year, he was relegated into third place at the last moment by our stringent points scheme which was heavily biased towards encouraging entry in the Regatta.

Well done to John and Hilary Davis for bringing ELWINGS RIVAL into 4th place both in the Regatta and overall.

The ladies' team of Jill Trew and Clare Tagg in DEN NJORD came 5th overall despite not being able to enter many events over the year; they will be a force to reckon with in next year's challenge.

This brings our 2019 White Sail Challenge to an end. Modest prizes will be awarded at the AGM. Tony Head would welcome feedback on the challenge and in particular suggestions for next year.

CYC Regatta 2019 White Sail Results final-Sheet1

Cargreen White Sail Challenge 2019 Overall Points FINAL Sheet1

Results 28 August

Below the results of tonight's Event 11, together with overall points to date. Provisional as I have assumed Rob Stebbings started on his International canoe but didn't finish.

8 boats out on the water in better conditions than predicted by the weather forecast. Congratulations to Mike Tucker completing the challenge in shortest corrected time in TEMPUS FUGIT.

Our last event is the White Sail division in the Cargreen Regatta on Saturday 7 September.
Cargreen White Sail 2019 Challenge - Results - 28 Aug 2019-Sheet1

Cargreen White Sail Challenge 2019 Overall Points to date 28 August-Sheet1

Event 11 -28 August - Course "CB"

Our next event is on Wednesday 28 August with HW at 1705BST/5.0m.  In other words there will be an ebb running throughout the event with not quite so much water space available as usual. At this range, weather is forecast to be light SW winds with a 20% chance of rain.  Accordingly Tony has selected Course CB for your entertainment.

WEATHER UPDATE: It looks like a cold front will pass over Cargreen around the time of Event 11 tomorrow Wednesday 28 August, causing light to moderate SW winds to veer to NW during the early evening, along with a 60% chance of rain.

Unfortunately Tony is away on the day so please send him your times by text messages (07885914148) as usual and he will endeavour to reply quickly so that results are available in the bar afterwards.  Don’t forget to text him if you retire so that I can take this into account in the results.
Good sailing everyone.


Results 14 August

Eight boats out tonight in a 8-14kts SW/W/NW breeze. A nice sail with occasional spots of rain. Congratulations to John and Hilary in ELWINGS RIVAL for completing the challenge in the shortest corrected time. David Wheatley managed to unwind a minor error n pilotage but ended up 2nd from last.

Results and points overall below.

Cargreen White Sail 2019 Challenge - Results - 14 Aug 2019-Sheet1

Cargreen White Sail Challenge 2019 Overall Points to date 14 August-Sheet1

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