A fleet of nine sailors came along today for a great days sailing.
Initially starting with mid to high A rig conditions, we soon made the change to B rigs for the rest of the day.
The new course layout was an absolute winner, with a lot less congestion at the marks and skippers, on many occasions, chose both buoys at the gate marks. A very welcomed change.
The end results do not really show the competitiveness of the field today, with seven of the nine yachts winning at least one race
The woodies of Chris Wood and Stuart Dawes were very competitive, quite often at the head of the field.
At the end of the day, Rod Jackman was too consistent, a clear winner on the day with 25 points.
Coming second, on countback, was Lisa Blackwood, on 35 points, with Stuart Dawes in third on the same 35.
As mentioned with the last IOM Scratch results, we have developed a handicap system to use in order to give skippers that aren't necessarily at the head of the field, some incentive as well on the day. Today is the first day for the implementation of this, and we hope to use this for all of our scratch days.
In short, a skippers previous finishing results are weighted against amount of competitors in those events, and then averaged to create a "ranking" amongst the skippers. This ranking is then used as a seeding for the current round, depending on the skippers sailing on the day.
With all that being said, Rod Jackman came out on top of the handicap results today, with a differential of 2 between his finishing result and his seeding.
Kyle Stewart came in second, on countback, and Stuart Dawes came in third for the day.
If anyone would like a more in depth explanation of the handicap system, please contact me and I'll try to break it down for you.
We must give a big thank you to John Short, for developing the spreadsheet for this, which has made the results confirmation a very simple process.
This Wednesday is IOM Handicap from 11am, followed up with RM Scratch Summer Series Round 3 next Sunday, from 1pm.
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