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Welcome to the Handicap System Page


Handicapping – how it works at HLSTC

Every year the RYA takes in the results of thousands of races in all sorts of conditions from clubs all over the country, and analyses them to make up a table of “Portsmouth Numbers” (PNs). This gives each dinghy class a number, which indicates how long a boat would take, with competent sailing, to cover a hypothetical standard course. So a slower boat has a higher number, and a faster boat a lower number; most dinghy PNs are somewhat over 1000; a few high-performance boats can be down to the 700s.

The RYA’s advice is that clubs should take these base figures as a guideline, and make adjustments to suit local conditions. In practice at HLSTC we do not have large enough fleets to collect reliable evidence for adjustment, and we have decided that until further notice we shall keep to the RYA figures. The exception is that high performance boats (PN below 1000) will usually be noticeably disadvantaged by Hawley’s relatively limited area, and fluky winds, so we adjust their PNs upward in compensation. We are updating to use the RYA’s 2017 figures with effect from the start of the Autumn series.

Click to see how we use these PNs in each kind of race:
- Handicap Races -
Handicap Races

- Pursuit Races -
Pursuit Races




You can see more detail on how we run a Pursuit Race by clicking HERE.






@ Our Handicap Committee Members:
. John Jones
. James Maxfield
. Mick Ogle
. Chris Fife-Schaw
(to contact the handicap committee click here .

@ The Royal Yachting Association site can be found here: RYA