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.
ADJUSTED WHITE SAIL HANDICAPS FOR 2020
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.