posted 05 September 2000 10:34 PM
Although we have used Moonglow as a family cruising boat for our first season I woud like to do the club regatta. Their handicapping system is very arbitary and Draconian. Could someone let me know what handicap I should have for a lift keel Sonata?
22 September 2000 04:49 PM
The RYA YR2 handicap list has a figure of 1064 for the lift keel Sonata and 1038 for the fin keel.
These figures are to be used as a basis for adjustment by Clubs taking into account crew skill and any other factors.
YR2 is worth a read for the info on how to measure your performance over a series of race. It is designed to assist the handicapper arrive at a fair number. A club must give you a handicap, see YR2 for the reasons
31 October 2000 10:13 PM
As a club handicapper I am horrified at the thought of you not being able to race your Sonata with a fair handicap.
A fixed keel version has a primary yardstick of 1038; A lifting keel version does not have a primary yardstick. A recorded number as as a guide only, in YR2, is 1064.
I suggest you ask your club handicapper to award this number to your boat and race say, 4 races. Ask him to calculate a performance number based on your results thereafter. The resulting number will be fairly accurate to race in the future. Your club handicapper will(or should) make an annual return minimum, and your number may vary year to year, dependent on your own performance.
If applied properly, you stand a good chance of doing well as Sonatas rate better than most in PYS.