Last night was the second handicap review of 2015: the updated handicap list is attached with changes in red. For the top of the tide handicaps we used the same process as recent years, which is described in more detail below. Open numbers were aligned with 2015 Holms Race handicaps or, if not entered, the latest Byron list. Do let me know if you have any questions or queries.
On the subject of handicaps, I’m intending to experiment with the IRC handicapping system – any IRC results published would be separate to and in addition to our existing handicap process and would have no bearing on any series results or other PCC prizes! If you have an IRC certificate for your boat then please send me a copy.
Finally a quick reminder that Sunday is the first race of the Winter Series, which will be awarded for the best two results from the three races (1st, 15th, and 21st Nov). Start is 09:10 at Avonmouth, hope to see lots of you on the water then
From a post in Oct 15: “In the interests of transparency this is how the reviews work (and have done for the past few years):
– Each boat has a handicap assigned for top of the tide races, which is their predicted performance (the Top of Tide number in the attachment)

– After each race the results are entered into a spreadsheet supplied by the RYA
– the imbedded formulas calculate the actual performance achieved by each boat

– There’s a cut off at which point the results are discarded to foil any attempts to improve handicaps by finishing last

(note there’s a few sub rules to prevent boats from falling foul of this when the number is genuinely wrong)

– All boats that have three or more valid results since the last review have their average actual performance calculated

– A new Top of Tide number is proposed for each boat that is half way between their predicted and actual performance

– The proposed new numbers are then reviewed by the sailing subcommittee to ensure that there’s no errors
If you’ve got any questions on this do contact me directly”