Explanation of results

Abstracted from HalSail results

Handicap for this event

Yacht Name

Elapsed Time

Gap between finishers

After First Finish

Corrected Time

Difference to corrected time

Change of handicap for next race

0.968

Madam Wen

1:04:55

1:02:50

0:02:05

1.009 (+1%)

0.999

Rhumbull

1:05:50

0:00:55

0:00:55

1:05:46

0:00:04

1.022 (+7%)

0.89

Incantation

1:14:02

0:08:12

0:09:07

1:05:53

0:08:09

0.910 (+2%)

0.934

Hellhound

1:25:57

0:11:55

0:21:02

1:20:17

0:05:40

0.901 (-4%)

0.903

Carpe Diem

1:33:55

0:07:58

0:29:00

1:24:48

0:09:07

0.869 (+1%)

0.886

Vision

1:38:05

0:04:10

0:33:10

1:26:54

0:11:11

0.853 (-8%)

The handicaps in the NHC system are like a golf handicap and change for every event. At the end of a series the handicap is saved and transferred to the next series.

In the above race 2018.08.08 saw Madam Wen with a starting handicap of 0.968, saved from the previous race, and her next race handicap will be increased by 1% to 1.009. Hellhound which is new to racing in the club had a starting handicap from the RYA NHC register of 0.886 and her handicap will change for the next race to 0.901 a drop of 4% based on the performance during this race. Incantation rises 2% because her much improved performance compared to last year’s results.

The idea of this NHC system is to even out the results to encourage owners to join in the racing and the handicap reflects how well the boat is performing compared to the rest of the fleet and its recent performance.

To know how well your yacht is performing to its design criteria you need to hold a valid IRC certificate and then you get included in the IRC Class (Fast Cruisers). Currently there are only the following yachts with IRC Certificates registered with the club for racing:

  1. Jetstream
  2. Flair IV
  3. Rhumbull
  4. Hydrology

Retrospectively it would be possible to add another class as a tandem race series using the base figure from the RYA NHC list. The difference between the NHC base list and the IRC Handicap system is that the IRC rating is calculated from the following data:

  1. Hull  design
  2. Design age
  3. Individual Sail Measurements

Whereas the NHC Base is an amalgamation of the class results reported back to the RYA from club racing similar to the original PY (Portsmouth Yardstick).

With regard to the points system.

From memory the system sets the points for a DNC to the  number of competitors in the series +1 and DNF to the number of competitors in the specific race +1; that is to encourage you to turn up regularly! Which of course Carpe Diem generally does. The results for the first race in August were not recorded on the system as the times were not passed on. When they are put in the overall series results will likely change. Remember these results are "provisional" until confirmed.

Table of Points for our series on NHC