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The objective of the Vintage Yacht Regatta is to encourage owners and crews of classic and traditional yachts to sail alongside each other on courses designed to be without the tight quarters of other events so that racing is fun and safe for hard to manage and older vessels of any size. The emphasis is on sailing together rather than hard competition.

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Line Honours Trophies
In each race of the Regatta the first boat in each division to cross the line is awarded one point, each second place boat is awarded two points and so on.

At the end of the Regatta, the points from all of the races are added together and competitors are then ranked according to their total points score within their division.

Example:
In Race One, Two and Four, boat X crosses the line first and boat Y crosses the line second. In Race Three, Boat Y crosses the line first and boat X crosses the line second. Boat X has a total score of 5 points whilst Boat Y has a total score of 7 points. Therefore, Boat X is awarded first place in their division for the Line Honours Trophy.

Corrected Time Trophies
The objective of the handicap system is to give every boat an equal chance to win in every race.

At the beginning of the Regatta, each boat is given a handicap value. The handicap for each boat is a number by which the elapsed time for each race is multiplied to give the corrected time.

If the handicaps were perfect and everyone sailed as expected, every boat would finish at exactly the same time on corrected time. However, because handicapping Vintage Yachts can be so difficult, after the first race, each yachts corrected time is compared with the average corrected time for the race and adjustments to each yachts handicap for the second race are then made. Yachts who were slower than expected are given a better handicap, yachts who are faster are given a higher handicap.

As the Regatta progresses, the potential maximum change to the handicaps becomes progressively less as each yacht moves towards their ‘perfect’ handicap. After race One the handicap can change by 60% of the difference between the old handicap and the handicap which would have resulted in a dead heat. After Race two, this is reduced to 40% and after Race three it becomes just 20%.

At the end of each race, the boat that finishes first in its division on corrected time is awarded one point, each second place boat is awarded two points and so on. At the conclusion of the regatta, the points are totalled together. The boats are then ranked in ascending order.

Understanding your handicap
To convert your handicap to minutes and visa versa, for a 100 minute race, the maths and tables are below.
Note: If no boats are on 1.000, divide all handicaps by the handicap of fastest boat. This brings all handicaps to a base of 1.000. and the fastest boat off scratch.

Handicap to Minutes                                  Minutes to Handicap                     

Mins = (1-HCP)/HCP*100                 HCP = (mins/100)/(1+mins/100)

 

 

Handicap

Mins

 

Mins

Handicap

1

0.0

 

0

1.0000

0.99

1.0

 

1

0.9901

0.98

2.0

 

2

0.9804

0.97

3.1

 

3

0.9709

0.96

4.2

 

4

0.9615

0.95

5.3

 

5

0.9524

0.94

6.4

 

6

0.9434

0.93

7.5

 

7

0.9346

0.92

8.7

 

8

0.9259

0.91

9.9

 

9

0.9174

0.90

11.1

 

10

0.9091

0.89

12.4

 

11

0.9009

0.88

13.6

 

12

0.8929

0.87

14.9

 

13

0.8850

0.86

16.3

 

14

0.8772

0.85

17.6

 

15

0.8696

0.84

19.0

 

16

0.8621

0.83

20.5

 

17

0.8547

0.82

22.0

 

18

0.8475

0.81

23.5

 

19

0.8403

0.80

25.0

 

20

0.8333

0.79

26.6

 

21

0.8264

0.78

28.2

 

22

0.8197

0.77

29.9

 

23

0.8130

0.76

31.6

 

24

0.8065

 

 

 

25

0.8000

 

 

 

26

0.7937

 

 

 

27

0.7874

 

 

 

28

0.7813

 

 

 

29

0.7752

 

 

 

30

0.7692

 

 

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