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    Posted: 21 May 07 at 3:25pm

Quick question, if a double handed boat (RS400 class rules state it should be sailed by 2 persons) was sailed in a club series race single handed, should it have an adjusted PY.

 

Bit more info:- It was sailed 2 handed all series except the last race.

 

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The mirror has a different PY for single handed, which puts it faster than the
standard setup, the argument being that there is less weight in the boat, but
the time lost in the turns and doing the kite alone mean its usually slower
round a course. So maybe the 400 should have a different PY but which way
to move it is a more difficult question.
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I would say it is down to your club to make a decision on it. At Hunts we tend to allow it on the same PY as even though there is less weight in the boat there is more skill involved (esp in a boat with a kite) which normally either makes it the same speed overall or slower.

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My view would be that if the class rules stipulate 2 crew,to sail it in any other configuration would make it out of class.  If the class rules don't then its fair game to sail with as many or few as you like.  As for PY, since this is a statistical measure, probably difficult to get an accurate PY for it sailed single handed.  

For fairness, if no one objects I would suggest sailing it off the same handicap. 

I think you'll find that the mirror single handed PY is for it stepped in the forward step with no jib or kite!



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The Mirror PY is for the boat sailed 3 sailed. (at least the one we are talking about is - the mirror somehow seems to have done what almost every other class has failed to do and get multiple PYs.

We have a system where any boat with a PY of more than 1000 races with 20 points knocked off the PY. Anything faster than that is unlikely to be quicker singlehanded. The points are knocked off mainly to encourage people not to leave the crew ashore when the wind drops, but some boats (the Firefly being a good example) are certainly faster with one in in a force 1.



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Thanks for your replies, well put as usual.



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I sailed a laser 2 single handed at my club for years.  Nobody ever objected because I never won anything.  It certainly wasn't class legal (nor was the boat) but the club just let me sail off it's normal PY.

Now I'm sailing a V3000 single handed a lot - the class racing charter allows single handing but we've insufficient data to set a separate PY, so I'm still sailing off the normal 1030 - and no objections to date (except one race officer who asked "is that really in the medium fleet??).

As already said, it's up to the club whether or not they'll let you do it ....

... if they won't, join a different club.  If they will but aren't happy with the PY let them set you a personal handicap. 

NB: due to the additional difficulty and poor high wind performance, some classes actually set a higher PY for single handing (the Vago for instance).

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 I suppose I could ditch my standard Laser and single hand my L2 when my crew is away.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rob.e Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 07 at 5:11pm
We have a guy at Potchester who used to sail his Leader singlehanded, and I think they had to give him a faster H/cap in the end, due to the weight: he was going too fast! (I think the Leader has a good h/cap anyway). Basically, if it becomes an issue, the club can do something. If it isn't an issue, there's no reason to do anything!
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I suppose the big question is when a change of crew number happens...

It could be argued (and has been on many occasions) that it is slightly unfair to leave the crew behind when the wind drops, or conversely, phone up your Rugby player sized mate when a force 6/7 is forecast..

In most classes where 'equalisation' is branded, then crew number, weight and sometimes height are applied as part of the measurement certificate.. there must be a rationale for this approach and should this approach be adopted by other calsses or even as a club ruling for example:  should the RS400 (for example) sailor have two separate sets of race results... one set for two up and the other for single-handed?   fair - possilbly, practical - probably not..

In my eyes, it has to be down to the discretion of the race officer or further still, the race committee at a policy level. This may however have a detrimental effect on some of the smaller clubs who occasionally struggle to get two or more boats out for racing..  Tough decision for the race officials I think..

 

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