sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Portsmouth Yardstick gets Web savvy

Portsmouth Yardstick gets Web savvy

'.'   
In an effort to upgrade the quality and quantity of information gathered from sailing clubs which forms the basis of the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme, the RYA is taking the system onto the internet. Using existing race calculation programs such as ‘Sailwave’ or equivalent, the new system will provide an on-line results service, at the same time giving the RYA an accurate analysis of the race data.

There are exciting developments currently being worked on with 30 clubs around the country, which will vastly improve the data collection of results within the RYA’s Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme. The aim is to improve the quality and quantity of the statistics from the data supplied by clubs, by using an on-line system.

Since its introduction in 1952, the Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme has relied upon clubs’ annual Returns of race results for combination class fleets, both cruisers and dinghies. In recent years these have proven to be too few in number and often of reduced quality.

There have also been inaccuracies in the boat data supplied meaning some of the Secondary and Primary Yardsticks have created local issues. Some classes have not been allocated a Number, as in some instances there has been no data provided.

This has proven particularly frustrating for new classes, often requiring two to three years to catch up with enough data for publication. Disappointingly, in 2007, less than one third of affiliated clubs made their annual Returns.

Using existing race calculation programs such as ‘Sailwave’ or equivalent, the new system will provide an on-line results service, at the same time giving the RYA an accurate analysis of the race data.

Each club will be able to access the system on line while inputting actual times for their results calculation. Results can be printed off for the notice board and the program will even provide recommendations for local handicap adjustment based upon the results input and previous data collection on a ‘race by race’ basis for the club.

At the same time, the results, together with a race report and images, can be posted for publication on the RYA and individual club’s website. A regular check can be kept on individual club’s results throughout the year and if a Number is needed for a new class, this may, in extreme cases, be estimated from sufficient published results. All of this, plus seam free, automated Returns to the RYA.

Input is straightforward while the results are being processed, and requires one upload to the RYA website. The data is based on actual times, all data is recorded and the natural increase in statistics will provide a greater degree of accuracy. One major point is that the entire scheme still relies upon the clubs Returning consistency of boat type from the published list.

Annual Returns of results from each club will become an automatic process, although they will still require manual validation from the club’s Returning officer to keep within the published guidelines.

This system should be fully developed for all clubs by January 2009, allowing for an improved handicapping system from the increased results collection scheme. For 2008, the on line Returns are being run for 30 clubs for cruisers and dinghies and across different types of inland and coastal racing.

One club has been selected for never having filed a Return, and another for large fleet regular handicap dinghy racing. Only by using a sample of different types of sailing, areas and clubs can the new reporting system be fully expanded to ensure better mixed fleet racing for everyone.

Bas Edmonds, the RYA’s Technical Co-ordinator for racing, said, “The Portsmouth Yardstick Scheme is in many ways the most successful handicapping scheme in the world; however, the RYA is always looking for ways to update and improve it.

“The key to improving the scheme is more data and one way of ensuring that this happens, is to simplify and improve the existing Returns system which we are confident this will do.”

The latest Portsmouth Numbers for 2008 have just been published and are now available on the RYA website, click on Knowledge Base/Technical.




by RYA

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=42493

7:51 AM Sun 9 Mar 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


























2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






































Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3   
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC   
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes   
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1   
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac   
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT