There are a few tweaks to the sailing instructions for 2017 that were recommended by members of the race committee during discussions in January. Be sure to read the latest version.
Here are some highlights:
1) Schedule of races – the number of races will no longer be prescheduled. Instead, the number of races for a day will depend on wind conditions. Racing will start at 10:00 a.m. and races will continue as time permits, with no races started after 1:00 p.m. The number of races will be at the sole discretion of the Race Steward.
2) Scoring – Scoring for trophies will be based on the NHC rating system, but each boat’s rating will be adjusted at the end of a series, rather than after each race. All one-design boats will use an average of ratings for their individual boats, and all must conform to their class rules. PHRF scoring will also be shown for those who like comparisons, but will not be used to award trophies.
3) Throw-outs – When six races have been completed, a boat’s score will be the total of her race scores, less one throw-out. If eight or more races are completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores, less two throw-outs.
4) Officer of the Day (OOD) – If we can’t find a race steward, a volunteer may be required. If this requirement precludes a boat from racing, the boat will be scored OOD. The score will be equal to the average of the boats’ other scores in a series.
5) Challenge Cup – will consist of the only the Spring, Summer, and Fall series races. The Commodore’s Cup will no longer be included.
6) Commodore’s Cup – eligibility will depend on a boat completing at least three series races, and being in the top eight boats in the standings.