IOM Mid Week Handicap
Today we began a trial of an alternative handicapping system. The plan is to run this system for about 5 weeks (IOM only) then decide whether or not it is an improvement.
A North-Wester with gusts exceeding 25 knots made for challenging sailing today at the dam.
Appropriate rig choice was important today. All skippers chose either their B or C rig at first and those with the C rig probably had the best from the mornings sailing. The winds moderated over lunch and B rigs were far more suitable as those who persisted with the C rig were well underpowered.
A rotating PRO was used throughout the morning but after lunch John Murrell took on the duty. Thanks John and to the others who performed this task.
Just finishing all the races was important to doing well today. The winner was Rick Price who was consistently at the pointy end of the fleet. John Cole-Cook and Phil Jackman took out 2nd and 3rd place respectively separated only by a fraction of a point. Congratulations to all.
The new resetting rules for next week’s starting handicaps can be understood as follows:
The first four place-getters starting handicap is increased by 10 seconds. So Rick Price, John Cole-Cook, Phil Jackman and Andrew Wardrop all receive a 10 second increase to their handicap.
The last four place-getters have their handicap reduced by 10 seconds (if possible). The tally table shows that John Hall finished last today but John did not finish in more than half of the races so his handicap does not change and it means that as far as handicaps are concerned the bottom four who did finish enough races were John Murrell, Martin Svensen, Rod Jackman and Peter Webberley. All have their starting handicap reduced for next week.
For those who wish to read more onthe handicap system, further explanation is below the results picture. If anyone would like any further explanation about handicaps, or has any feedback that they would like to give then please feel free to contact me.
EXPLANATION OF THE NEW HANDICAP SYSTEM
Each week the starting handicap for every skipper is in the range 0 to 70 and is a simple multiple of 10 seconds. That is: Either 0, 10, 20, 30 40, 50, 60, or 70 seconds.
Each race a 10 second handicap penalty is applied to all of the podium place-getters (1st , 2nd and 3rd). All the place-getters also receive -2 bonus points to their series total as a sweetener to prevent sandbagging.
A maximum (on-the-day) handicap of 90 seconds is introduced to eliminate the problem of scratch skippers winning themselves to a handicap where they can no longer be competitive.
Handicaps are tracked by each skipper having a ‘fridge magnet’ with their name on it on a magnetic board. The board is divided into columns for each handicap 0 – 90. Each race the PRO moves all place getter’s magnets one column to the right.
To reset the starting handicaps for the following week:
If the event’s winner is NOT a scratch skipper, (ie is a skipper with a starting handicap of less than 70), then
But if a scratch skipper wins the day there is a ‘shake-down’ of handicaps and
This system could bring the following advantages:
It maintains the best features of the current system in that it;
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