Great Lakes Handicaps
Following on from Tim Males posting on our internal age related handicapping, I came across a recent document on the Grafham website. They are reviewing their handicaps. Makes interesting reading. The proposed Merlin handicap is reduced to 990.
Probably the key difference between the Great Lakes handicaps and the RYA PYRs is that they tend to reflects the speed of boat sailed by top helms (that seem to attend the Sailjuice Winter Series) rather than a fleet average sailor from which RYA PYRs are largely derived. No handicapping system is perfect but these latest handicaps seem to be fairer across a wider range of classes and proof of this is in the results of the SJ Series where no class has dominated the top places. See http://www.sailracer.us/eventsites/content.asp?eventid=51516&id=9648.
My eyes are playing up a bit... was there an "F" in that word??
Isn't the problem with any 'single' handicap that for most club handicap series there is a very large number of discards (typically 50%) and that heavily disadvantages balanced 'all-round' boats.