New Starting Times Effective 4/24/2013
New starting times for Wednesday Night races are posted. See links in the column to the left. Because we score the series separately for non-spinnaker and spinnaker boats, we have
split the starting times into two independent classes. Boats will not be competing against boats in the other class. This allows boats in the spinnaker class to start much sooner than they
have in the past. Use the new starting times for your class, non-spinnaker or spinnaker. The new starting times are in effect beginning 4/24.
Changes to the Wednesday night times include the following:
- Separated the time sheets for non-spinnaker and spinnaker classes.
- Corrected the length of the regular Wednesday night course used in starting time calculations to 2.8 nautical miles. This new length reflects the
current location of the Wednesday night rock markers. The change to a more accurate length benefits slower rated boats.
- Reduced the additional "light air" starting time credit for boats rated 88 and above to 1.5 minutes. Note that the original "light air" adjustment
factor of 1.25 remains in place for all boats. The original 1.25 adjustment factor gives every boat a 25% starting time advantage over any boat rated faster. The additional 1.5 minutes
starting time credit for boats rated 88 and higher is in addition to the credit resulting from the original 1.25 adjustment factor. These credits are above and beyond any normal starting
time differences resulting from normal handicapping and are an attempt to adjust the time-on-distance pursuit starting times for a short course in predominately light air conditions.
- Changed the non-spinnaker credit factor for boats whose base rating is a spinnaker rating to the PPYC standard 1.03 that is used in all other races. The
previous "Wednesday night only" credit of 1.06 was an attempt to make non-spinnaker boats more competitive with spinnaker boats. Now that the non-spinnaker and spinnaker classes are
starting and being scored separately, the regular non-spinnaker credit of 1.03 is more appropriate. Ratings shown on the starting times sheets are
now the normal non-spinnaker ratings shown on the Portsmouth ratings list.
This year we are posting the Wednesday Night Race Series results on a regular basis. We will attempt to have each week's
results posted within a few days after the race.
The series is being scored using the Low Point System of Appendix A of The Racing Rules of Sailing ("RRS"), including RRS A9 "Race Scores in a Series Longer Than a Regatta," with some
modifications. We are allowing one throw-out for every four races scored in the series, with a maximum of six throw-outs. Multiple throw-outs are intended
to encourage boats to compete even if they have missed some races (it's not too late to start).
To encourage skippers to take novice sailors on their boats, we give scoring credits for novices. Up to two credit points can be earned per race. Boats that earn novice credits will have a scoring
code of either NV1 (minus 1 point) or NV2 (minus 2 points) next to their score. Boats without novice credits will retain their original score and will not move up because a boat with a
novice credit receives a lower score. The lowest possible score for a race is 1, including novice credits. Unused novice credits from one race do not carry forward to another race.
Because the number of boats participating in the series is not yet known, the scores shown for boats that did not compete in a race (DNC) may change depending on the number of boats that
ultimately participate in the series.
Wednesday Night Courses on Google Earth
We plotted the Wednesday night courses on Google Earth. Click on the links below to see the images.