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Old 03-24-2011
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Handicapping

Our yacht club is a small one and we are located where there are few other sailboats but we like to race a bit anyway. The problem is the same skipper wins 95% of the time and it's a bid discouraging to the others, some of which have quit trying. As a result we are probably going to try a new, at least to us, way of handicapping this year and see how it turns out.

We have been using the PHRF system, slightly modified, for a lot of years and it just doesn't work for us because we have boats of all kinds and sizes trying to race together. We have no class?

We are going to try to use what we call a Skipper's handicapping system in addition to the PHRF. We will develop the Skipper's handicap the same way that golfers and bowlers do. The Skipper will be assigned a handicap in seconds per mile that is intended to close the very large gap between the traditional winners and the rest of the field. The skipper's handicap will be added to the boat's handicap (per PHRF) and the overall handicap applied to the finish times.

My question to all of you is this. Have any of you done this before and if so, what are the pitfalls?

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