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Post Options Post Options   Quote oldbloke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 13 at 2:37pm

The base number I like best is a MacGregor 26x rating faster than a Hunter Impala

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Sounds like we have the foundation for a competition? Big smile
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Originally posted by Helmit

Even if the NHC works (which is doesn't) how do you now compete at other clubs.

how do you know, have you tried using it yet?

the base number only applies once in your regular club season at the beginning.  so the first few races as it gets to grips with your performances it may be inaccurate but the more you race the better it becomes (que stats geeks with "not enough data" drivel), still better than the base number and also better than some random person changing the number because they feel like it.

there are two versions of calculation, a club / season formula and a regatta formula, so when turning up to a regatta the base number will jump faster than in regular season mode.  you can ask to use your current season number at a regatta and its up to the organizers to allow it or not.

i really struggle to understand peoples adversity to this new handicap system, if you were using the py scheme as the rya had laid out then there wouldn't be a need to change, but cruiser racers didn't, so here it is, a good fix to a problem that shouldn't of existed.

its no harder now to get results and keep up to date than before just take the times upload them and it processes the results, easy.

just because you have been doing something for years doesn't mean its right.

just my 2 pence worth.



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Originally posted by slop_idol

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i really struggle to understand peoples adversity to this new handicap system, if you were using the py scheme as the rya had laid out then there wouldn't be a need to change....



Actually, the need to change is forced by the RYA's slow shift over time from PY intending to represent the potential of a class, to representing achieved performance.

I think what is needed, is for people to get together and work on the old system, using the data that is available to estimate the performance potential of designs and classes.

Fundamentally, we need to decide whether the idea is that everyone has an equal chance of winning, or whether the best team should most often win.
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the potential of a class is its achieved performance, with the best result coming from the best sailors surely?  thats how i view it anyway.

no one inputted into the old system, no data, with this new nhc they have thousands of designs data there to be used.  its a tweak of an old rating rule used in an updated progressive format.

i believe the nhc will be a level rating for ability with the best (most consistent wining over a sustained period)  thereby giving everyone a chance but still rewarding those that put in the most. 

for the truly bothered by rating rules and handicaps od racing is there, you just need the pockets to do it.

also nothing stopping people running nhc alongside there own local handicap system or irc etc etc



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Post Options Post Options   Quote craiggo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 13 at 6:23pm
Slop idol, who's paying you?

How can NHC ever be fair for people sailing the same spec, same type of boat?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Apr 13 at 11:13pm
no one paying, just think its right thats all. just as much as people think its wrong.  the internet has a higher ratio of people moaning than it does of praising, i like to buck the trend where possible...

as for same spec if you have been to or go to the talk held by the rya / rorc you will hear that even the od yachts have varying differences in build and final sailing spec.  nhc is a personal handicap yes so like i have said before it will put everyone on an even keel but those that are consistent will shine through.  if you want hard and fast results go into irc, if youre really worried do od.  dont worry at what it will, may, might, wont do and get out there try it for a season alongside your own system and see what happens, if more people turn up and sail then surely its a good thing?  it is after saying "come along and have a go, youve got a chance of winning".  if its no good for you and your club then fair enough drop it, but that doesnt mean its bad for others or that its bad to try in the first place.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote RS400atC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Apr 13 at 3:24pm
People might 'win' on personal handicap systems, but they won't get any respect for it.

I expect it won't matter, as clubs will copy what seems to happen in Solent clubs:
Boats have 'club' ratings which are a bit like somebody's best guess at how they'd rate on IRC.
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Originally posted by slop_idol

nif youre really worried do od. 


There is not really a vast amount of OD left for boats with beds. There's J109s and now-ancient S/38s. Quite a change from the scene of 20 years ago when there were huge numbers of S/33s and before that Impalas, OOD34s etc.
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I appreciate your scenario and agree that NHC for that specific event will not work as well as a longer series of 5 races or more.

 

This is an email quote from Bas at the RYA in response to my request how to handicap a new 3 race series over 3 weekends involving up to six clubs in the rivers Blackwater and Colne. In other words any regatta series with 5 or less races now has no workable handicap series other than IRC.

Well done RYA trying to bring our sport together a great own goal!

 

I can very much assure you that for the past five years the RYA Technical Department have been working incredibly hard in trying to coax data out of clubs with many weeks spent on the phone cold calling clubs and trying to prise a return out of them.

 

Another quote from Bas. I have spoken with six clubs on the east coast none of who have been chased in recent years and the RYAs own representatives were unaware this was happening.

 

Mersea 6 years ago with the help of Mike Urwin at RORC introduced dual scoring for our main weekend racing which had been exclusively IRC. We formed a handicap committee with a proper constitution which allowed representations by skippers with a grievance and based on PY, local knowledge of the boats and crews, and good old common sense set LH handicaps. This allowed anyone to come and have a go and from this the fleet has grown and sprouted a white sail series.

 

This has been a success and would recommend it to any club. Unfortunately RYA have withdrawn the national standard so either we need to get them to re-instate it, we adopt Byron or start a whole new national data base in order to stop other than IRC racing becoming very insular within each club.

 

Come on RYA before it does to much damage lets start again with proper consultations and gain a consensus on a way forward which unites rather than divides our sport.

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