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    Posted: 16 Nov 14 at 11:07am
There's probably factors I haven't considered about personal handicaps (which is why I am posting this, in order to be educated), but I really don't get it...

Forgetting for one moment the perceived issues with the PY system, why would a PH system be required? I kind of see that it can show progression and development, but surely I could see that in the distance between me and the "class champion" at the Club?
As iiTick mentioned in another thread, is it not a bit condescending to award a "win" to someone that has clearly not sailed as well as someone else, purely because they didn't sail as badly as they did previously?

Please don't think I'm against encouraging newcomers the sport, but couldn't this be done with a "Most Improved" trophy for a series, awarded by comparing scores from the previous series, but without the "smoke and mirrors" of a PH?

As I say, I'm happy to be educated on something I'm not aware of with these systems, so please tell me the advantages of PHs.
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Generally the same people will win but the racing will be much closer (in a pursuit race)
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Really? Surely the winner (in this situation) will be the one that performs above their previous standard the most (as per the previous results used to calculate the PH)?
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I should have said generally over the length of the series.Might try and respond more fully when I have a bit more time and am using a proper keyboard!
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as others have alluded to  it depends on the context 

in a pursuit race  it should in theory produce  closer finishes 

across a series of conventional races  the most improved  will win. 
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The way we run personal handicaps is as follows.
Previous seasons results are put in a spreadsheet, one sheet per series. Export crrected times from saiwave.
The spreadsheet converts corrected times to % of winners corrected time. Spreadsheet then calculates average % from winner and number of finishes for each competitor.
Each series goes to another sheet. All the results are averaged with most recent results weighted, so it spits out for each competior a %, varying from about 102 for regular racewinners up to 125 or more. Spreadsheet then allocates each sailor to a 'band' band 0 is 100-104.9%,band 1 105% -109.9 etc.
If in band 0 you get sad handicap, bwnd 1 handicap plus 5% etc.
So everyone has a series of milestones they can progress through, and we use the personal handicaps in two series which are dual scored.
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I can understand a series being dual scored, but I can't get my head around the principle of PH being anything other than condescending.

As an example, I believe that golf handicaps work in a similar way (?), but if I went out for a round with a pro and got round in 20 more than him/her there's no way I could consider myself to have "won", if I got a 21 shot advantage via handicap because I'm not very good.

Does that make sense?

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So what is the distance between you and the class champion and how has it changed over the last 3 seasons?
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Try thinking of it as ........ a bit of fun!
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If it were a perfect world and we had somehow managed to allot craft an actual performance figure which works, I could see the benefit of a personal handicap you try to better, in my pathetic way I try to visualise myself doing it down the lake, my boats handicap is 1024, I can now sail it to 1060 which means I'm 36 points off being capable in my opinion of myself.

Then I go on the sea and can sail it to it's handicap, so what does that mean, the boats on the sea are not as good as the boats on the lake? No, not at all. It means the boats on the lake have too generous a handicap against my boat.

At least I think it does...

Then again it could be because my boat's handicap is wrong or I'm a crap sailor on the lake.

Not at all confusing.

Edited by iGRF - 16 Nov 14 at 6:18pm
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