Great Lakes Hadicapping
If you've competed in any of the Sailjuice Winter series you will be aware that they are using a a new set of ratings (called the Great Lakes Handicapping System) derived from the last 5 years of winter events. The results seem to show a much better spread of classes in the top positions and to be a stepped imporovement on the RYA PYR system that takes much longer to reflect speed changes in developing classes. The only hiccup was the Bloody Mary with the FF Moths but suspect they will get hammered in the next revision. I know the Merlin took a small cut as well but we still seem to be in the mix.
The Draycote Dash was thoroughly enjoyable - ok dodgy winds in the first Sunday race but the rest was great. I just could not get anyhere near to sailing to a PY of 990, so much so that I was last in the Pursuit. I have just come out of an Enterprise and looking at the result of one of my old foes, I would have expected to come about 30ish in the Ent rather than 70th in the Merlin. I put most of it down to the fact I am sailing an NSM2 with all alloy spars (makes me feel better about our performance, anyway). Inexperience in a Merlin would have been a factor too.