VCYC Burgee

Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club

Racing Results - Series 1.

Good day,

This past weekend the VCYC sailors enjoyed an exciting afternoon of racing and Port Vila harbour, together with a nice crowd of wharfside spectators, saw more sails in action than have been witnessed in Port Vila for quite a few years.

A total of ten entries were received for the first of VCYC dinghy race series of six races to be sailed over three weekends.

After Paul volunteered to be race officer and operate the safety boat a fleet of nine boats and ten enthusiastic sailors took to the water.

With everybody jostling for position, and having to contend with rather gusty winds on the short start line, the first race got to off to an exciting and accident free start.

The course was quite long and consisted of a short run up to and around the Star of Russia, a difficult beat up to the inner port side channel marker, a fast reach up to the outer channel markers and an exilirating broad reach back to the VCYC clubhouse and finish.

First home and over the line was Justin Jenkin on his brand new Laser followed seconds later by Jim Coates on the RS CAT16.

Due to the first race starting later than scheduled the second race was shortened to exclude one of the legs between the outer channel markers and to allow everyone to get back ashore to enjoy a couple of beers at the new VCYC bar before daylight faded.

Despite the shortended course the second race was even more exciting than the first with half the fleet jostling for pole position right till the very last leg when the broad reach home in ever increasing wind, and a couple of dramatic capsizes, seperated the fleet.

First over the line was Justin Jenkin with Sydney Pettitt and Manu Lore hot on his heel on their Laser Radial in a breathtaking fight for second place.

The full results of this weekend's races, together with an explanation of the PY handicap system used, are as published below.

 

VCYC Dinghy Race Series 1.

23 August 2015
Overall Result (to date - 4 races to follow)


Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Rating system: PY, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class SailNo HelmName PY R1   R2   Total Nett
1st Laser Standard 209238 Justin Jenkin 1119 1.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
2nd Laser Radial 209241 Sydney Pettitt 1172 4.0 1.0 5.0 5.0
3rd Laser Radial 208819 Manu Lore 1172 3.0 2.0 5.0 5.0
4th RS Quba 12345 Benny Kaltonga 1332 2.0 5.0 7.0 7.0
5th Laser Standard 121049 Steve Barlow 1119 6.0 4.0 10.0 10.0
6th RS Tera 2777 Kalmelu Lore 1513 5.0 7.0 12.0 12.0
7th Laser Radial 209242 Merav Metzad 1172 8.0 6.0 14.0 14.0
8th RS Tera 2778 Gresthova Zkarie 1513 7.0 8.0 15.0 15.0
9th RS CAT16 23456 Jim Coates 894 9.0 9.0 18.0 18.0
10th Laser Standard 209242 Paul Pettitt 1119 11.0 DNC 11.0 DNC 22.0 22.0

Race 1

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place, Time: 15:10, Wind dir: SE, Ave wind: 11.7 knots
Rank Class SailNo HelmName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Laser Standard 209238 Justin Jenkin 1119 0:31:16 0:27:56 1.0
2 RS Quba 12345 Benny Kaltonga 1332 0:37:15 0:27:58 2.0
3 Laser Radial 208819 Manu Lore 1172 0:33:25 0:28:31 3.0
4 Laser Radial 209241 Sydney Pettitt 1172 0:33:30 0:28:35 4.0
5 RS Tera 2777 Kalmelu Lore 1513 0:45:00 0:29:45 5.0
6 Laser Standard 121049 Steve Barlow 1119 0:33:20 0:29:47 6.0
7 RS Tera 2778 Gresthova Zkarie 1513 0:47:30 0:31:24 7.0
8 Laser Radial 209242 Merav Metzad 1172 0:37:00 0:31:34 8.0
9 RS CAT16 23456 Jim Coates 894 0:31:20 0:35:03 9.0
10 Laser Standard 209242 Paul Pettitt 1119 DNC   11.0

Race 2

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place, Time: 16:15, Wind dir: E, Ave wind: 12.5 knots
Rank Class SailNo HelmName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Laser Radial 209241 Sydney Pettitt 1172 0:21:15 0:18:08 1.0
2 Laser Radial 208819 Manu Lore 1172 0:21:17 0:18:10 2.0
3 Laser Standard 209238 Justin Jenkin 1119 0:21:04 0:18:50 3.0
4 Laser Standard 121049 Steve Barlow 1119 0:21:45 0:19:26 4.0
5 RS Quba 12345 Benny Kaltonga 1332 0:27:20 0:20:31 5.0
6 Laser Radial 209242 Merav Metzad 1172 0:24:26 0:20:51 6.0
7 RS Tera 2777 Kalmelu Lore 1513 0:34:20 0:22:42 7.0
8 RS Tera 2778 Gresthova Zkarie 1513 0:35:00 0:23:08 8.0
9 RS CAT16 23456 Jim Coates 894 0:21:06 0:23:36 9.0
10 Laser Standard 209242 Paul Pettitt 1119 DNC   11.0

 


 

Explanation of PY Handicap System Used

The Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme is an empirical handicap system which aims to handicap boats based on their relative performance against the other boats they race with.

Handicaps are allocated and administered by clubs to suit their local factors such as boat type, wind trends and water type as well as enabling the club to evaluate crew skill factor.

In order to score a handicap race each boats elapsed time (time taken to sail around the race course) must be converted to a corrected time (time converted based on a boats handicap). This is done by applying a simple correction calculation (the PY handicap) to each boats elapsed time.

Each class of boat is assigned a PY, or "Portsmouth Yardstick Number", with fast boats having low numbers and slow boats high numbers.

In a race involving a mixed fleet like ours, finishing times are adjusted using the formula:

Corrected Time = Elapsed Time × Scale / Handicap

Each boat's time is adjusted with the above formula, and then the adjusted scores are compared to determine the outcome of the race.

For example, a RS Tera, one of the smallest and slower listed boats in the scheme has a PY of 1513, and the 49'er, the fastest listed centreboard boat, has a PY of 726.

Hence, if a 49'er takes 1 hour to finish a given course, and a RS Tera takes 2 hours to finish the same course then the handicapped finish times are:

49'er = 1 hour × 1000 / 726 = 1.38 hours
RS
Tera = 2 hours × 1000 / 1,513 = 1.32 hours

So although the RS Tera took twice as long to finish the course compared to the 49'er, the RS Tera would be declared the winner.

Next VCYC Club Races

The next two races will sailed this coming Sunday 30 August.

The skippers briefing is scheduled for 2pm and the first race will start at 2.30pm.

As the best 4 out of 6 races will count toward the final score sailors who missed the first two races last Sunday are still able to enter and win the series - so let's please get those boats in garages and gardens dusted down, back on the water and sailing!

I look forward to you joining us, on or off the water, at the new VCYC club premises and bar this weekend.

Wishing your fair winds and good sailing.


Your VCYC Scribe

 

 

 

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